Food, drink and memorabilia at Queenstown Airport cafe

20:37, Aug 11 2014
craig macfarlane, jim hickey
COFFEE TIME: Craig Macfarlane and Jim Hickey at the opening of their new Airspresso Cafe in Queenstown last night.

A 1.7-metre model of a Boeing 777 and Richie McCaw's grandfather's flying uniform are among some of the memorabilia attracting patrons to Queenstown Airport's new cafe.

The Airspresso Cafe has been operating since July but officially opened last night with co-owner weatherman Jim Hickey overseeing the party.

It is the second airport cafe he has created with coffee expert and one of the owners of Joes Garage cafes Craig Macfarlane after he quit his job as One News weatherman in 2003 to look after his elderly parents.

"Airports are notoriously bad when it comes to food and beverage. I said to Craig that if the New Plymouth Airport cafe came up we should pitch for it."

They did and it is now an award-winning cafe.

His connection with Warbirds Over Wanaka as a pilot and commentator has kept Hickey regularly visiting Queenstown and he had been looking for an opportunity to pitch for the cafe in the resort town.

Coffee was not his strong point in the partnership. He was instead the "ideas" man and loved getting and sharing the memorabilia.

Flying uniforms in Queenstown included those worn by Sir Tim Wallis and Jim McCaw and a particular attraction had been a 1.7m replica of a Hobbit painted Air New Zealand Boeing 777.

It was one of only two created - the other being with Air New Zealand.

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