Situated close to the suburbs of Mangere, Auckland Airport serves as the main gateway to New Zealand; managing the largest operation scale as well as highest passenger traffic out of all of the country’s airports. Starting with humble beginnings as an airfield for the city’s Aero Club, Auckland Airport has grown in size and reputation over the years since its official inauguration in 1966. Today, the airport sits at a 21km distance south of the heart of Auckland city, and has welcomed and sent off a myriad domestic and international flights to all over the world. Due to its constant pursuit for excellence and top-notch services and operations, the Airport has been recognised as Asia Pacific’s best airport as well as SkyTrax’s 12th best airport in the world in 2013.
Auckland Airport’s operations are segregated into two terminals, catering exclusively to international flights and domestic flights respectively. Air New Zealand operates from both terminals, flying to international destinations as far as Vancouver and Los Angeles.
A complimentary terminal transfer bus is provided by the airport to shuttle passengers in between the two terminals. This service is available throughout the day and runs on a frequent basis at four times per hour. Alternatively, guided routes are marked for passengers who prefer getting to the opposite terminals on foot. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes.
Services and Facilities
Upon arriving at Auckland Airport, passengers are entitled to up to 30 minutes of complimentary WiFi simply by connecting to the airport’s hotspot and registering themselves. Passengers looking to print a copy of their itineraries or utilise scanning or copying facilities may also do so at the Smarte Carte on the ground floor of the International Terminal. For an affordable fee, passengers may also utilise the airport’s Emperor Lounge and find refresh themselves away from the bustle of ongoing airport operations.
At both terminals, passengers can find a wide selection of retail choices. Whether you are searching for a perfect scent to call your own, the latest monthly magazine, or a bottle of bubbly, Auckland Airport will not disappoint. A decent selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, and fast food eateries will satisfy your hunger and taste buds.
Other general amenities include complimentary showering facilities for passengers in transit, emergency medical services, baggage storing and wrapping facilities, currency exchange services, and even a massage café.
Airport or nearby transit hotels
Passengers arriving late or departing early can opt to stay close to the airport’s proximity with a decent selection of accommodation available. Although the international terminal is never closed for business, camping overnight at the airport without proper sleeping facilities may be more uncomfortable than you’d imagine. Depending on your budget range, some recommended choices include Novotel Auckland Airport Hotel and ibis budget Auckland Airport Hotel, all within a short walk from the airport’s entrance.