The reigning A-League champions take on the Phoenix tomorrow afternoon to kick off Queenstown's famous Winter Festival but it has been anything but smooth sailing so far.
"Our first flight from Melbourne to Christchurch was delayed, so instead of arriving at 11pm, we landed at 4.30am," Melbourne Victory Football Operations Manager Gary Cole said.
"Three hours later we were back at the airport for our flight to Queenstown, however that was also delayed a couple of hours.
"Once in the air, we ended up circling Queenstown for about an hour, but couldn't land because of the weather conditions.
"So we were forced to go Dunedin, where we boarded a bus and made the four-hour journey to Queenstown.
"It's been an adventure to say the least."
With predictions of snow in Queenstown, the match may be moved to Sunday if the weather is poor.