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AKL’s site has been purposefully designed so that both the international and domestic terminals are within easy reach of a comprehensive range of parking facilities. The airport’s 12 on-site car parks, Park and Ride service and the numerous independent off-site car parks surrounding the perimeter make parking your car a stress-free experience.
If you’re only away for a few days, both terminals at AKL have dedicated short-stay car parks that are no more than five minutes’ walk away from check-in.
Although Auckland Airport’s long-stay car parks are slightly further away from their respective terminal buildings than the short-stay equivalents, it’s still only a 5-10-minute walk to your terminal along the clearly signposted walkways.
If you’re looking to save some spending money for the trip, there is a wide selection of affordable off-site parking facilities, including AKL’s own 24-hour Park and Ride service, served every 15 minutes by shuttle buses that will get you, your family and all your bags to check-in in under 10 minutes.
Whether you’re travelling on business or planning a luxurious start to your holiday, Auckland Airport’s Executive car parks feature a host of deluxe valet options as well as extra-wide spaces and vacant space indicators. This car park is only one minute's walk from the terminal buildings via covered walkways, so you can stay on schedule or stroll into the airport in style.
If you’re driving passengers to or from the airport, each terminal forecourt has a dedicated area for immediate drop-off or pick-up. Alternatively, AKL also provides a Wait Zone only two minutes from the terminals, where you can say goodbye or wait for your passengers to arrive for 30 minutes, free of charge.
All of AKL’s car parks are well lit and secure, but if you want to protect your car from the elements while you’re away, almost all of the on-site parking facilities have covered sections. Do bear in mind that there is a 7.2-feet (2.2-metre) height restriction in place throughout the car parks.
Auckland Airport (AKL) is New Zealand’s biggest and busiest airport, welcoming over 16 million international and domestic travellers every year. As one of only two airports in the country capable of accommodating the largest category of long-haul aircraft, AKL is a vital part of New Zealand’s infrastructure, handling over 70 per cent of the country’s international arrivals and providing thousands of jobs for the region. Consisting of two terminals dedicated to international and domestic travel and one 2.2-mile (3.6-kilometre) runway, Auckland Airport serves as the international base for Air New Zealand and the domestic hub for both Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways.
Auckland Airport is only 13 miles (21 kilometres) south of Auckland city centre, overlooking the picturesque Manukau Harbour. Easily accessible from the State Highway network that connects the region to the rest of the country, AKL will be accessible directly from Auckland city centre via the Waterview Connection tunnel upon its completion, which will significantly reduce travel times.
A number of frequent bus services connect the airport to Auckland to the north and Manukau city six miles (10 kilometres) to the west and, although there is currently no direct rail service at AKL, Papatoetoe Railway Station is only five miles (eight kilometres) north east and is a frequent stop on many of the shuttle bus routes, making it easy to reach the airport from further afield.
First established as Mangere Aerodrome in 1928 for the Auckland Aero Club, the airfield saw significant expansion over the following decades and, in 1960, the decision was made to turn the site into Auckland's main passenger airport.
AKL was officially opened six years later with a grand air pageant to coincide with the Auckland Anniversary weekend of 29 January to 31 January in 1966. A purpose-built international terminal, named after iconic New Zealand aviator, Jean Batten, was subsequently added in 1977 with the original terminal becoming responsible for all domestic traffic.
Auckland Airport is now the fourth-busiest in Australasia and is frequently rated one of the best of its size in the world. Capable of 45 flight movements per hour, the airport is planning further terminal extensions and a second runway in order to support even larger aircraft and welcome more visitors.
comfortable and entertained during your stay, whether you’ve just touched down or you're getting ready to take off. With an extensive range of local and international food and drink options across its two terminal buildings, as well as retailers offering everything from holiday essentials to cutting-edge technology and lifestyle collections from award-winning designers, AKL has everything you need to make your trip an enjoyable one.
If you have any special requirements for your stay at Auckland Airport, you can find a comprehensive list of the airport’s accessibility facilities here.
Facilities at Auckland Airport include:
Although there are no on-site hotels at Auckland Airport, the surrounding area is full of places to stay the night and leave your car while you’re away. Parking the car at the hotel the night before you fly not only gives you a chance to rest, it makes getting to the airport the following day a breeze and lets you enjoy every minute of your trip.
If you’re travelling on a budget and looking to save some spending money, ibis budget Auckland Airport is only 2,952 feet (900 metres) from the terminal buildings and within easy walking distance of local amenities. Reserving one of the 198 rooms at ibis budget Auckland Airport includes a complimentary parking space right outside the hotel for the night of your stay, which is perfect for when you’re just looking for somewhere to rest or sleep off the jet lag.
If you’re starting your luxurious holiday early, however, the four-star Novotel Auckland Airport is situated over the road from AKL’s International terminal and offers a complimentary space in a secure car park that features open-air and covered spaces as well as a luxury valet service, so you can come back to your car and find it looking better than ever.
Shuttle bus services run regularly between the hotels and terminal buildings, which makes taking advantage of AKL’s extensive range of on-site car parks a convenient option for your car while you’re away.
As New Zealand’s biggest and busiest airport, AKL is more than equipped to provide its hungry visitors with a wide variety of fast and fresh food among a showcase of culinary curiosities inspired by the airport’s status as a hub for international travel. You can grab a quick coffee, freshly squeezed juice or a sweet snack or find fast food chains, cafés and restaurants offering a selection of favourites from New Zealand and beyond. Some vendors at Auckland Airport are open 24/7 so, whether you’re taking off first thing or you’re the very last arrival of the day, there’s always somewhere to grab a bite.
Auckland Airport is one of the region’s premier shopping destinations, with over 150 retailers offering last-minute holiday essentials, best-selling books, a rainbow of luxury cosmetics and skincare products, iconic fashion ranges and exclusive lifestyle collections, cameras, computers and electronic accessories from some of the world leaders in technology and entertainment. AKL’s Duty Free stores also sell a rotating selection of high-quality local products that make the perfect souvenir for you or someone at home to keep.
The airport provides a complimentary pick-up on arrival service, allowing you to leave your purchases safe and secure at the airport and have them ready and waiting for you the moment you touch down, rather than lugging them around on your trip.
If you’re craving some peace and quiet away from all the sights and sounds of AKL’s busy International terminal, you’ll always be welcome in the Emperor Lounge - regardless of who you’re flying with or how you’re flying. Open from 6am to 1am every day of the week, the lounge offers complimentary international food and drink, books, newspapers, magazines, shower facilities and a children’s play area if you’re looking to relax and let the kids off the leash for a while.
If you’ve got work to do before you take off, the lounge also has a suite of private desks with business facilities and free, high-speed WiFi.
Although entry into the Emperor Lounge can be purchased on the day, it can quickly become full. Pre-booking your visit will always guarantee you a space and can often save you money as well.
Auckland Airport is home to Artport, a unique gallery showcasing the best of New Zealand’s rich cultural heritage. The gallery's rotating displays often include traditional Maori carvings alongside paintings and sculptures by some of the country’s most celebrated artists and upcoming new designers.
All the work on display is for sale, so if you like the look of something, you can simply let the gallery attendant know. If you’re planning on visiting the airport in the near future, you can preview the work currently on display to reserve any pieces you’re interested in until you can see them in person. All purchased works are professionally prepared and packaged for travel either with you or via delivery to an address of your choice.
Take advantage of the 40 minutes’ free WiFi or get stuck into your holiday reading while watching all kinds of aircraft come and go from AKL’s top-floor observation deck. Weather permitting, you’ll also be treated to an impressive panoramic view of Manukau Harbour beyond and, if you’re flying in the evening, you might even be lucky enough to catch a spectacular sunset over the bay.
Feeling the jet lag after a nonstop week of travelling and meetings or just looking to get into the holiday mood before you fly? Both Auckland Airport’s International and Domestic terminal buildings have a number of ergonomic, coin-operated massage chairs that can ease out all your stress and tension in five minutes, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and ready for whatever you’ve got planned next.
If you’re in the mood for something completely different, why not explore Butterfly Creek? Situated within the Auckland Airport compound, only a two-minute drive or a 10-minute walk away, Butterfly Creek is home to a huge range of unusual animals from New Zealand and elsewhere around the world, from over 700 free-flying exotic butterflies to a pair of enormous saltwater crocodiles.
Only four miles (six kilometres) north of Auckland Airport is Mangere Mountain, one of the region’s best-preserved volcanic cones. Having erupted over 18,000 years ago, the mountain’s rich volcanic soil has cultivated a beautiful and diverse array of flora and fauna and, at 348 feet (106 metres) tall, its position on the coast offers breathtaking views of Manukau Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf and the Tasman Sea. Climbing up to the remains of an early Maori fort at the summit presents a great opportunity to explore the beginnings of New Zealand’s rich history whilst taking in the stunning landscape.
Rangitoto Island, one of the region’s youngest volcanoes, rose from the sea just 600 years ago. A scenic 25-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, the island is a haven for a wide variety of endangered plants and animals, with recent restoration programmes successfully making Rangitoto a pest-free environment so that its unique ecosystem can survive and thrive.
Rangitoto is connected by a natural landbridge to the ancient Motutapu Island, where the rolling hills contrast starkly with Rangitoto’s volcanic landscape. Motutapu also played a significant role in World War II, protecting the region from offshore attack - the remains of bunkers, tunnels and gun emplacements can still be found amidst the wildlife.
Both islands are highly treasured conservation areas so, if you’re thinking of visiting, please check this important information before you set off.
Auckland Art Gallery, established in 1888, was New Zealand’s first permanent gallery. With over 16,000 pieces, it exhibits the country’s most extensive and prestigious collection of national and international work, while also regularly hosting touring exhibitions from some of the world’s most renowned institutions and artists.
As well as holding an incredible array of Maori and Pacific Island artworks, the gallery also collaborates with the country’s up-and-coming artists, commissioning new works that reflect and contrast New Zealand’s incredible cultural history. Free to enjoy, only 12 miles (20 kilometres) away and easily accessibly by car, bus and train, Auckland Art Gallery is a great way to spend some time and soak up some culture before you fly.
At 1,076 feet (328 metres) tall, downtown Auckland’s Sky Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the 23rd-tallest tower in the world. Featuring three panoramic observation decks at different heights, a 360-degree revolving restaurant and the opportunity - if you’re feeling especially brave - to walk on the tower’s exterior or even take the 630-feet (192-metre) cable jump from the top, the Sky Tower is as much a feat of architecture, technology and engineering as it is a breathtaking view of the city.
The tower is striking to look at, too, as it’s covered in a complex array of LED lights producing millions of colour combinations and patterns that have helped to make it an iconic part of downtown Auckland’s skyline.
If you don’t have the chance to take in Auckland’s stunning night skies during your visit, a trip to the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium is an essential activity. Since opening in 1967, the Stardome has been sharing knowledge, research and explorations of space with the public through interactive demonstrations of its 2.5-tonne Zeiss telescope and the custom-built, 88-seat and 36-foot (11-metre) wide planetarium.
If you’ve got a day to spare before or after you fly, the Stardome is only eight miles (13 kilometres) away from AKL and easily accessible via public transport, but be sure to book your tickets in advance as popular events can quickly sell out.
At almost two miles (three kilometres) long, downtown Auckland’s Queen Street is the city’s cultural, culinary and commercial backbone, with a bevvy of flagship department stores, hundreds of nationally and internationally renowned retailers and restaurants with menus carefully curated by some of New Zealand’s top chefs (taking full inspiration from the city’s rich connection with the sea).
In fact, Queen Street is so popular that it has become a national icon, giving its name to the most expensive square in New Zealand’s version of the world-famous board game, Monopoly.
Only a 20-minute drive from AKL, a walk down Queen Street will show you Auckland at its vibrant and eclectic best.
Auckland Airport consists of two terminals: Domestic and International. The two terminals are located approximately 1640 feet (500 metres) apart and are connected by both a free shuttle bus service and a signposted walkway.
Both terminals are used by some of the world’s major airlines. The domestic terminal serves as a hub for Air New Zealand and Australasia’s premier airline, Jetstar Airways, while the international terminal is a base for Virgin Australia and sees regular long-haul flights for airlines such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Emirates.
|Air New Zealand||Domestic, International|
|Air New Zealand Link (operated by Air Nelson)||Domestic|
|Air New Zealand Link (operated by Mount Cook Airline)||Domestic|
|Air Tahiti Nui||International|
|China Eastern Airlines||International|
|China Southern Airlines||International|
|Fly My Sky||Domestic|
|Hong Kong Airlines||International|
|Jetstar Airways||Domestic, International|
|Jetstar Airways (operated by Eastern Australia Airlines)||Domestic|
|Norfolk Island Airlines (operated by Nauru Airlines)||International|
|Qantas (operated by Jetconnect)||International|
|Tauck Tours (operated by Alliance Airlines)||Domestic|
Located on the coastline between the cities of Auckland and Manukau and easily accessible via the region’s extensive State Highway network, you can navigate to Auckland Airport by using the post code Auckland 2022.
The airport is connected to the north west by State Highway 20A and the south east by State Highway 20B, providing convenient access to AKL from the wider region and the rest of the country. The Waterview Connection Tunnel is intended to significantly reduce travel times by allowing drivers to reach the airport directly from Auckland city centre.
Both terminals and all of the parking facilities at Auckland Airport are clearly signposted, so whichever direction you’re driving from, finding the right car park near your terminal is easy.
A variety of shuttle bus services also take advantage of the airport’s highway connectivity and run between the terminals, Auckland city centre, nearby Manukau city and the surrounding region. There are numerous bus routes between downtown Auckland and AKL that run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and take between 40 and 60 minutes depending on traffic.
AKL doesn’t currently have its own dedicated train station, but the Papatoetoe and Onehunga Rail Stations are only 10 minutes away by taxi and both are prominent stops on many of the airport bus services.
You can find more information and up-to-date timetables on all of Auckland’s Airports transport options here.
As New Zealand’s biggest airport, AKL sees approximately 45,000 visitors every day and the airport’s check-in, parking facilities and surrounding roads can become busy, especially during peak hours. If you’re flying domestically, it’s a good idea to leave at least one hour between arriving at the airport and take-off and, if you’re travelling internationally, it’s best to arrive no less than three hours before you fly. Use AKL’s live arrivals/departures feed to stay up-to-date with all your flight information.
Complimentary shower facilities are available in both terminals at Auckland Airport, with towels and a range of bathroom essentials, should you require them, available to purchase from a number of nearby retailers.
AKL’s international terminal is open 24/7, but the domestic terminal closes between 11pm and 4:30am every day. The majority of the shops, cafés and restaurants will close after the last arrivals and departures, although a selection of retailers in the international terminal provide food, drinks and travel essentials 24 hours a day.
If you're picking someone up and arrive at the airport ahead of schedule or if you want to spend some time saying farewell, AKL’s Wait Zones make picking up and dropping off travellers easy, whether they’re flying domestic or international. Each terminal has a dedicated zone just two minutes away where you can wait, completely free of charge, for 30 minutes. From there, it’s a quick drive either round to the terminal pick-up/drop-off bays or back onto the State Highway.
Auckland Airport’s hospitality ambassadors, affectionately known as the ‘bluecoats’, are easily recognisable by their distinctive blue jackets and are there to make sure you get the best out of your time at the airport. Whether you need to double-check your gate number or want some advice on where to eat before you fly, the bluecoats will be happy to help.
As it is so close to Auckland and only minutes from the State Highway, getting to AKL is easy via the post code Auckland 2022. If you’re not driving yourself there, however, a selection of 24/7 bus services run routes between the airport, surrounding cities and the nearby rail stations, making it easy to reach Auckland Airport from anywhere in New Zealand.
Auckland Airport provides a free terminal transfer bus service that covers the 1640 feet (500 metres) of ground between the international and domestic terminals every 15 minutes. There is also a clearly signposted walkway between the two that will lead you from one terminal to the other in around 10 minutes.
Booking your parking at AKL in advance guarantees you a space regardless of how busy the airport is when you’re travelling. Simply follow the clear signage on-site and keep an eye out for your car park’s allocated letter. Parking can be booked up to 12 months in advance and short-stay parking can be booked four hours before arrival, if your plans suddenly change.
Lost property found within the terminal buildings can be reclaimed with adequate proof of identity from AKL’s lost property office in the international terminal. The office is normally open between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, but in urgent circumstances you can, with permission, use the intercom to ask for help.
Found passports will be handed over to the Airport Police, who can be contacted directly on +64 9 2759046.
It is also important to bear in mind that airport policy requires all found perishable items to be destroyed immediately.
AKL is only responsible for items lost in its terminal facilities. If you’ve left something on your flight, you should contact your airline as soon as possible.
There are a number of power points available before and after security at AKL, as well as in many of the airport bars, cafés and restaurants. They are, however, often for customer use only and may not be accessible when the outlet is closed.
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