Special meals

Air New Zealand offers a wide range of special meals for our customers with individual requirements such as religious, ethnic or dietary needs.

Long-haul flights

We've created 14 special meals to meet many religious, ethnic, or dietary meal requirements. You should request your special meal at the time of booking or at least 24 hours prior to your departure by advising your travel agent or Air New Zealand. We offer three special meals available to you onboard your Tasman & Pacific Island connecting flight (for example Brisbane - (Auckland) - Los Angeles).

Tasman and Pacific Island flights*

Business Class customers can request a special meal from the long-haul selection of 14 special meals.

Premium Economy customers can request a Child meal (CHML), Gluten Intolerant meal (GFML), Vegetarian (VGML) meal or a Diabetic meal (DBML).

Economy Class customers can request a Child meal (CHML), Gluten Intolerant meal (GFML) or Vegetarian (VGML) meal. If you are travelling to or from Denpasar (Bali), Honolulu, Papeete or Perth a Diabetic meal (DBML) is also available.

Meals must be selected online or requested through our Contact Centre or your travel agent at the time of booking or at least 24 hours prior to your departure. Please note that if a child’s meal is not requested a standard meal will be provided.

If you have other special dietary needs, you are welcome to bring your own pre-packed snacks onboard. You are also welcome to bring non-alcoholic drinks for your consumption onboard, provided they have a spill-proof lid on them. Please however keep in mind security regulations regarding the carriage of restricted items such as liquids, aerosols, gels and pastes in the cabin.

Please note that if you have booked with Air New Zealand on a NZ7000 series flight, Virgin Australia do not offer special meals.

Special meal options


Meals for infants and children


Suitable for children aged under 2 years. Please contact us to request this meal.



Suitable for children aged 2 to 5 years of age.

Vegetarian meals

Lacto Ovo

Vegetarian meal which may contain egg and/or dairy products.


Vegetarian Vegan

For vegans or pure vegetarians, strict vegetarian foods with no dairy or egg products.


Vegetarian Hindu

Spicy vegetarian combinations Indian style with limited use of dairy products.


Vegetarian Oriental

Vegetarian foods prepared Chinese style.


Vegetarian Jain

Vegetarian foods prepared Indian style according to Jain customs.

Other special meals

Gluten Intolerant

Gluten intolerant customers, not suitable for Gluten allergic customers.



Diabetic customers, low sugar, no added sugar.


Kosher Meal

Customers wishing to follow Jewish customs. Foods chosen, prepared and served in accordance with Jewish dietary laws and customs. Not guaranteed on flights from Apia, Nadi, Papeete, Rarotonga or Tonga. Not guaranteed on flights if requested within 4 days of travel.


Muslim Meal

Customers wishing to follow Muslim customs. Foods chosen, prepared and served in accordance with Muslim dietary laws and customs. Will not contain pork or pork products, gelatine, alcohol, shellfish or any other animal by-products. No Haram (forbidden) products will be used. Meat other than pork may be included. Meals prepared in Halal kitchens are only available on flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Narita, London, Los Angeles and Singapore.


Hindu Meal

Customers wishing to follow Hindu customs. Food prepared according to Hindu customs and respecting Hindu dietary practices and beliefs.


Low Fat Meal

Customers wishing to follow a fat restricted diet.


Fruit Platter

Customers wishing to eat fruit only.

*Tasman and Pacific Island flights include those between New Zealand and Australia and Pacific Islands including Honolulu, Bali, Perth and Papeete.

Meals (including special meals) are only available to customers who have purchased Works or Works Deluxe fares.