The Auckland International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Australasia. It is located in the residential suburb of Mangere, approximately 20 kilometres away from the city centre of Auckland. The airport is divided into two terminals, the International Terminal and the Departure Terminal, with both terminals connected by a retail area. Walking between terminals takes about 15 minutes, or travellers may also use the shuttle bus service provided.
Visitors can stay connected on their mobile phones and laptops via Wi-Fi, which is free for the first 30 minutes. If business travellers require privacy to conduct their meetings, they may do so at the conference rooms available in the Domestic Terminals. Post boxes are also available throughout the Domestic Terminal, should they opt for snail mail services, with stamps and envelopes on sale at news agents.
Those who wish to do some last-minute shopping will be spoilt for choice, with items such as fashion apparel and accessories, jewellery and watches, perfume and cosmetics, toys and games all on sale in the airport shops. Gifts and souvenirs can also be bought for friends and family back home. Duty-free allowances vary from country to country, so be sure to check your country's restrictions before you purchase items such as liquor and tobacco.
There are internationally food brands such as McDonald's, KFC and Subway at the airport. Other restaurants and cafes also serve a wide range of food, including healthier options for those seeking them. Additionally, prayer mats are available for Muslims in the Domestic terminal. For travellers with babies or children, there are nursery rooms located throughout the airport with facilities such as baby cots and changing stations. There are also changing tables in all female toilets at the airport.
Visitors in transit may book rooms at the Novotel Auckland Airport Hotel, located right next to the International Terminal, or the Ibis Budget Auckland Airport Hotel, which is a five minute walk from the International Terminal.
The Airbus Express connects the airport to the city's business district. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver or online at the Airbus website. Buses are bright blue in colour, so be sure to board the correct bus. There are a few taxi companies which are licensed to operate in the airport as well. Taxi stands are located outside the arrival hall at the International Terminal. Shuttle services are also available and fares are cheaper if there are more people travelling in the same group.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 04 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Auckland International Airport website for the latest update of the following information.