Programs: TG -*Gold, AF-Silver, Asia Miles, BA-Silver, AMEX Green-MR
That's exactly what I did (paid BKK-LHR-BKK) but connect to a domestic award flight (LHR-BKK-CNX-LHR). You could easily check-thru from LHR and get 2 boarding passes from there (the 2nd one BKK-CNX had no ROP number printed on it because it's a free flight - no mileage accural).
Updating my own thread in case someone searches for this in the future.
On January 4th, a TG rep in Australia told me the answer was no. i.e. For a ROP *A award on NZ, the domestic flight would have to be with "Air New Zealand Link" rather than "Air New Zealand" and the former is not in the *A.
On January 5th, a TG rep in New Zealand told me the answer was yes, and successfully booked the award tickets accordingly; NSN-AKL-BNE-CHC-NSN being the bext option available. The only theoretical proviso was no stopovers, but in saying that she had quoted one version of a route that required one - last evening flight NSN-AKL, first morning flight AKL-BNE.
The moral? Keep asking until someone gets you what you want?
Last edited by kiwibigdave; Jan 4, 07 at 6:10 pm.
Reason: update to answer