The Auckland International Airport is located in the Auckland suburb of Mangere, which is approximately 13 miles from downtown Auckland. Auckland International is the busiest airport in New Zealand. Over 7.5 million international passengers, and over 6 million domestic flight passengers pass through the airport each year.
The current site of Auckland International was a small airfield first built in 1928. In 1960, construction began on the current airport complex. Land was reclaimed from the sea in order to construct the runways. Construction was completed in 1966. In 1977, an international terminal was built alongside what is now the domestic terminal.
Currently, Auckland International has two functioning runways. The main runway is used for international and domestic flights. This runway is 11,926 feet in length. There is a second, smaller runway used when the other runway is under repair. The small runway is 10,197 feet in length. Construction is underway on another major runway that will be used mainly for domestic flights.
The international terminal is the newer of the two terminals, and it is the departure and arrival point for all international travelers. Before arriving in New Zealand, a visitor must have a passport and a visa unless coming from a select group of countries from which no visa is required. New Zealand also requires a completed New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card to be presented at customs. Those departing from Auckland International through the international terminal are asked to arrive at least three hours before their flight is scheduled to depart.
The international terminal is fully equipped to take care of all the traveler’s needs. The terminal is open 24 hours a day everyday for the convenience of passengers.
For those waiting for an international flight, the airport offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the terminal. The international terminal also has a document services area that allows passengers to fax, scan and copy according to their needs. Currency exchange points are located throughout the terminal. The international terminal also provides chapel facilities for Christian and Muslim travelers.
On the international terminals top floor there is an observation lounge and small museum. From the observation lounge, passengers can watch departing and arriving flights. The museum is devoted to aviator Jean Batten and has an airplane on display.
The domestic terminal offers many of the same services as the international terminal. In addition to these services, the domestic terminal houses the Domestic Terminal Conference Centre with rooms available for meetings of all sizes.
Auckland Airport Transportation
It is easy to travel between the airport’s two terminals. A bus service that runs every 15 minutes is offered free of charge between the hours of 5am and 10:30pm.
There are several parking options available at each terminal. At the domestic terminal, the closest parking option is the Business Express lot. The domestic terminal also provides short-term covered and short-term uncovered parking. Long-term covered parking is also available.
At the international terminal, Lots A and C are for short-term uncovered parking, Lot B is for uncovered parking of all types, Lot D is long-term covered parking and Lot E is long-term uncovered parking. The Park and Ride lot offers shuttle service to each terminal.