Auckland Airport is New Zealand's most important airport. For many travelers, the airport of Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand. Approximately 7 million international backpackers and business travelers arrive here every year. The airport is situated 21 kilometers south of Auckland on the North Island. The airport has two terminals, which are connected by shuttle busses.
IATA airport code: AKL
ICAO airport code: NZAA
If you would like to travel to western New Zealand by train, the airport's bus service takes you to Mt Eden station. If you choose to travel south, a different bus will take you to Papatoetoe station (see below).
Car and bus
The airport is situated about 21 kilometers southwest of downtown Auckland. You can take highways 20A and 20B to get there. Outside rush-hours it will take you 40 minutes to get to Auckland and 20 minutes to Manukau.
There's a special bus service of Citybus departing every 15 minutes. The Airbus Express takes you to downtown Auckland 24 hours per day. Bus services 375 and 380 go from the airport to the centers of Botany and Manukau. For more information and timetables go to MAXX travel information (tel. +64(0)9 366 6400).
Car rental Auckland Airport
There are car rental agencies in both terminals: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty en Budget. You can make a reservation in advance with EasyTerra, this website compares several car rental agencies and their rates.
Taxicabs are available at both terminals. A trip to Auckland costs about NZD 70.00. The shuttle bus costs about NZD 35.00 per person.
Parking at the airport
There is a sufficient amount of short and long term parking facilities available at walking distance from both terminals. One day of short term parking costs NZD 32.00. If you would like to park your car for 7 days it will cost NZD 100.00. For more information on parking at Auckland airport please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grand Chancellor is situated at 3 kilometers of the airport. Another hotel, which is close to the airport, is the Jet Park Airport Hotel. For more hotels and online reservations, please visit Booking.com. This website offers a large amount of hotels, at competitive rates.
Shopping and dining
Both terminals offer (duty free) shopping, restaurants, bars and fast food options.
Both terminals offer luggage depots. Cost: NZD 15.00 per suitcase per day. You can also have your baggage sealed. Hand-baggage can be stored for NZD 3.00 on the second floor after the safety check. For information on lost and found please call: tel. +64 (0)9 256 8813. You can also ask for more information about lost baggage online.
Throughout the airport you will find volunteers dressed in blue coats (bluecoats) who can provide you with all kind of information. In addition to this there are service desks in both terminals. You can also contact them by phone (tel. +64 (0)9 275 6467).
The Airport Camera Center on the second floor of the international terminal offers all sorts of facilities. There are several meeting rooms for rent. To make a reservation please call: tel. +64 (0)9 275 6265. In addition to this there are several lounges and Wi-Fi internet services.
Access for disabled people
The airport offers excellent facilities for disabled people. For example, there are especially reserved parking spaces close to the terminals. Furthermore the airport has wheelchair ramps, adapted lifts, water fountains and toilets. For disabled people's transport from the airport please call: tel. +64 (0)9 625 5599, or send an email to email@example.com.
All terminals have banks, first-aid stations, exchange offices, ATMs and prayer facilities. Also, there are special children's playrooms at the airport.