Subject: Qantas experience/ New Zealand movies & books

We're going to New Zealand (north and south islands) for 19 days in April and will be flying non-stop LAX to Auckland on Qantas. It will be our longest flight to date (except for my husband's military flights to Vietnam which he remembers as truly awful). I'm wondering what other Ziners experiences with Qantas have been like. Also, we always like to watch movies and read books set in the locale we'll be traveling to and would like suggestions. We've seen Whale Rider, Until They Sail, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Any suggestions? How about the weather there in April? Thanks! Angie-in frozen Kansas