There are few airlines that capture the flavour of their home destination as effectively as Air Tahiti Nui. Announcements are in French, English and Tahitian Polynesian and passengers in Poerava business class can expect a sweet tiare flower when stepping aboard, to pop behind the ear. Cushions are patterned with palm leaves, flight attendants change to floral outfits for meal service, island music plays softly and the look of both business and Moana (economy) cabins is inspired by beach and botanical colours and the silver-grey of Tahiti’s famous pearls. The revamped business class has 32 seats across a two-two-two configuration, large seatback TV screens, intuitive controls and an almost lie-flat recline. Champagne sets the tone for departure or perhaps a Tahitian punch. Services between Auckland and Papeete take about five hours and mesh with trans-Tasman connections. Breakfast includes fresh pastries that could have been airlifted from Paris. Is it too early for, say, a Louis Jadot 2015 chablis or, quelle surprise, Vin de Tahiti 2015 blanc moelleux from the Tuamotu archipelago? More: airtahitinui.com.