In fact Auckland has New Zealand’s largest metropolitan area which is a well diversed travel destination for visitors who come here worldwide. If you plan to renting a car you’ll need to have an international driver’s license IDL and know the New Zealand Laws for operating a vehicle.
At a Glance
Auckland International is a two-terminal, two-floor building. The International Terminal is a newer building, while the Domestic Terminal is the older part of the airport – green line pedestrian footpath can be followed to connect the two. It is the country’s busiest airport, and though compact in size it does a lot with it’s space. An innovative design avoids cramped feelings with wide windows and open spaces, while a blend of Kiwi-commissioned artworks offer a modern-indigenous vibe. Located 20 minutes from downtown Auckland, passengers will have to cross the Mangere Inlet via the South Western Motorway, making ride transfers especially important.
Meet-Up Locations & Ground Transportation
There are several great places to meet your driver on the Ground Floor of each terminal. In the International Terminal, we recommend waiting by the Media Room, located across from the showers/bathrooms. In the Domestic Terminal, a great spot is the Travelex located by the bathrooms across from Air NZ Baggage Claim. For international travelers, ground transportation consists of an inter-terminal bus (Green Line), the 380 Airporter Bus (Orange Line) and the Skybus (Red Line). For the Domestic Terminal, ground transportation includes on-demand taxis and the 380 Airporter Bus just outside the pick-up/drop-off zone. A rail-link is in the works, but it’s not yet completed. To avoid public transfers, book a meet-and-greet with us, choosing between the luxury of a chauffeured limousine who can wait on you and your bags, or a local personal driver ideal for getting a tour along with your trip.
Novotel Auckland Airport is the only hotel officially attached to AKL. An eco-modern design includes dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and an indoor ivy wall. No shuttles are needed to access the hotel. The ibis budget Auckland Airport is the next best option, located just 3 minutes from the pick-up zone and offering stylish rooms. 2-star amenities include complimentary coffee, though breakfast and shuttle rides to the airport will have to be purchased. Continue north on George Bolt Memorial Drive to reach two other hotels just 4-minutes from the pick-up zone. One option is the 4-star Sudima Auckland Airport, home to a fun night-owl room service menu and indoor pool. Shuttles to AKL are low-cost, but tend to take a while. Just next-door to Sudima is Heartland Hotel, another 4-star delight that provides free shuttle trips to the airport 24-hours a day. Suites with rustic balconies and a unique lobby-style restaurant set this choice apart.
What’s Near the Airport?
For thrill-seekers, Rocket Ropes is located less than a minute from the airport along the adjacent Tom Pearce Drive. A great place to conquer your fear of heights, the kid-friendly space offers fun obstacle courses and a zip-line. Located next-door to Rocket Ropes are a couple other attractions that include unique modern art installations at Outdoor Gallery, as well as miniature train rides and a butterfly house at Butterfly Creek. Another great option that’s only five minutes away is the Otuataua Stonefields. An archeological field home to a rich history of the Maori people, this waterside locale showcases the aboriginal’s strife with English settlers. And finally, Watercare Coastal Walkway guides hikers along the intracoastal Island Road, which ends with beautiful vistas at Puketutu Island’s famous lookout. The start of the walkway is just a five-minute drive from the airport, and the overall hike to the island is less than three miles.
Hotels near AKL
Auckland has many choices from backpacker’s buildings, budget hotels to luxury hotels. The Brown Kiwi offers a dorm and a double for an economic stay even cheaper is the Nomads Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel & The Camel Bar; a dorm there is reasonable and a standard double room is affordable too. An option for women and students would be a homestay. Rosa Mustica Homestay offers breakfast and dinner Wi-Fi, and is 3 minutes from the nearest bus station. If you want to splurge you can experience luxury at the Crowne Plaza, the Hyatt Regency, or the Rendezvous Grand Hotel.
About Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport abbreviated AKL is located 13 miles (21km) from downtown Auckland city center. More than 14,829,000 passengers travel through the airport each year. The airport has the ability to have 45 flights depart or arrive per hour. Auckland itself is the largest area in New Zealand and the most population. It accounts for approximately 32% of the country’s total population. Its nickname is the City of Sails and sailing is one of the popular pastimes, one out of three homes has their own boat. Other than sailing you’ll find that there is plenty to see and do in Auckland.
If you are traveling with a crowd the food courts will offer something for everyone in your party. Enjoy a mix of Asian and European style restaurants. The Ponsonby village International Foodcourt is open 7 days a week and there you can enjoy a mix from sushi thai, or pizza. For the vegetarian in the group or if you want to experiment a bit try Hare Krishna Food for Life where you can pickup vegetarian food for $5 per person. You’ll also find a wide variety of bars, cafes, and pubs to enjoy beer, drinks, and live music.
Things to do in Auckland
There is so much to see and do in Auckland. There is a zoo, museums, go see a volcanic island, sky jump, and more. While you are there you can visit some popular destinations such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower which has a revolving restaurant to give you a scenic looking while you are dining. For great hotel stays you can visit the Quay West Suites Auckland, The Sebel Suites Auckland or 5-star hotel Skycity Grand Hotel. Getting to and from Auckland International Airport or AKL is easy with convenient ground transportation such as sedan rides and shuttle vans.