Auckland has New Zealand's biggest and busiest airport, with tens of thousands using the facility on a daily basis. With a wide network of domestic and international flights, passengers check in at Auckland for business trips, family getaways and backpacking holidays around the world.
Top Auckland Domestic Flight Routes
Travellers from Auckland are spoilt for choice, with direct flights available to 20 destinations over New Zealand.
The majority of these are in the North Island, but it's also possible to fly over the Cook Strait to one of 5 airports on the South Island:
Popular domestic flights from Auckland:
Auckland to Christchurch (AKL to CHC)
Auckland to Dunedin (AKL to DUD)
Auckland to Queenstown (AKL to ZQN)
Auckland to Wellington (AKL to WLG)
Top Auckland International Flight Routes
Auckland is home to New Zealand's best-connected international airport, with direct flights available to Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North America, the Pacific Islands and South America.
Popular international flights from Auckland:
Auckland to Bangkok (AKL to BKK)
Auckland to Los Angeles (AKL to LAX)
Auckland to Santiago (AKL to SCL)
Auckland to Sydney (AKL to SYD)
Departing from Auckland
Auckland International Airport (AKL) is 21km south of the city centre. Buses are available for $18, while a taxi will cost between $38 and $75, depending on the cab company. Extensive car parking is available at the airport, including an economy park and ride option.
The airport has 2 terminals: 1 for domestic flights and 1 for international flights. If you end up at the wrong one, you can walk between the pair or wait for the free shuttle bus.
In the domestic terminal, the majority of facilities, including shops and a small food court, are found before you go through security. The two main airlines at this terminal, Air New Zealand and Jetstar, are at opposite sides for checking in. When you enter the terminal, turn left for Air NZ and right for Jetstar.
The international terminal is bigger, with more to do while you wait for your flight. Shops and restaurants are split evenly before and after security, however all duty-free stores are found beyond the baggage checks. Other facilities such as drinking fountains, currency exchange and airline lounges are also found by the departure gates.
For domestic flights, you should be at the airport 1 hour before take off.
For international flights, you should turn up 3 hours before take off.
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Please note: all information is correct as of September, 2017.
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