On Monday 20 February 2017 the nine people of the group of 10, that would join on the New Zealand part of the 2017 New Zealand & Australia tour, gathered at Schiphol. Cathay Pacific took the group from Schiphol to Hong Kong. After arrival at Hong Kong, early morning on Tuesday 21 February, there was plenty of time for some aircraft photography or to visit the city. The group therefore split up, with a couple heading for the city (only to find The Peak covered in heavy fog…). In the afternoon all met again at the gate where the Cathay flight to Auckland was scheduled to depart from. The Airbus A350 took to the air in time.