Auckland International Airport (Code: AKL) is located about 20km from the Auckland CBD. The Airport has a two terminal buildings - one each for domestic and international services.
The airlines that operate from Auckland include Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hawaiian Airlines, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, United, Singapore Airlines , Thai Airways, Virgin Australia.
Auckland Airport has many options for parking - including:
- Onsite parking - which is usually cheapest when booked online. There are options at both International and Domestic terminals for covered and uncovered parking. There are also valet parking options - such as that offered by Air New Zealand
- Offiste parking - there is official offsite parking, plus a number of other providers such as Aeroparks and Park N Fly who offer parking near the airport and shuttle buses to transport you to terminals
SkyBus is the only direct bus service between Auckland Airport and the Auckland CBD
SkyBus operates from outside the domestic and international terminals and operates a 24/7 service. Buses operate every 10 minues during peak times, and every 30 minutes overnight. Buses alternate between two different routes to the CBD - one via Dominion Road, and the other via Mt Eden Road. If you are heading to the CBD you can use either bus, however if you're stopping before the CBD ensure you're on the correct bus. All services terminate at the top of Queen St and transfers to inner city locations are available via a smaller shuttle bus that operates from this location. Depending on traffic conditions the travel times from the top of Queen St to the airport will vary from about 40 minutes up to an hour. Fares are NZ$18 per person one way (discounts for return and online purchases are available). For more information see www.skybus.co.nz
A cheaper but slower alternative is the 380 bus service that operates between Auckland Airport and Manukau via Onehunga train station. This offers an easy connection from the train network as well as many intercity bus services that stop at Manukau. This service operates 7 days a week with the first services at approximately 4:20am and the last services leaving the airport at approximately 11:45pm. Travel times are around 30 - 40 minutes and the fare is NZ$3. For more information see the Auckland Transport website
No train services operate to Auckland airport. Connections to the Auckland train network are available at Manukau or Onehunga using the 380 bus service. It's around 30 minutes from Britomart (Auckland CBD) to Onehunga using the train and the cost is NZ$5.50
Auckland airport is well served by rental car companies.
Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and Europcar are all operate from the airport and have cars onsite. In the International terminal rental car counters are located next to the arrivals area. In the Domestic terminal rental cars are located in the parking building directly opposite the terminal.
A number of other rental companies including Go Rentals, Apex, Rent-a-dent, Ace Rentals and Omega Rentals all operate off-site and offer shuttle pickups from the airport.
A number of taxi companies operate from Auckland airport and drivers must be registered with the airport to pick up passengers. Taxis are located just outside the main doors on the ground arrivals floor at both Domestic and International terminals.
Prices vary between companies, and pricing is required to be printed on the side of the taxi. A typical taxi journey to the Auckland CBD will cost around $80, but can be higher in peak hour traffic.
A number of smaller taxi companies offer fixed rates of approximately $35 from the Auckland CBD to the airport for pre booked rides.
Uber operates from Auckland airport however due to no official agreement with the airport company there are is no designed pickup or drop off area, and pickup's and drop-off's are from the public area. Most Uber drivers will call before pickup to confirm a location. The cost of an Uber into the Auckland CBD is around $35 - $40, but can be upwards of $50 during peak hour traffic.
Auckland's domestic terminal has two domestic Koru lounges operated by Air New Zealand. The larger main lounge is located upstairs after security screening inside in the jet gate area, while the smaller regional lounge is located at the far end of the domestic terminal in the regional departures area. If you're after showers these are only located in the main lounge.
In the international terminal Air New Zealand, Qantas and Emirates operate their own lounges. The Airport company operates it's own Emperor lounge which is used by a number of other airlines, and also offers paid access for one off visits for NZ$49 per person. The Emperor lounge is also available to Priority Pass holders. All four lounges offer shower facilities and are available for departing and transit passengers. None of these lounges can be used for arriving passengers.
Pro Traveller Tip: If you're after a shower after arriving on an international flight, visit either Relay or the iSite Tourism Information Centre across from McDonalds in the arrivals area after clearing customs. Showers are available free of charge, but shower packs including a towel and soap are available to purchase from the retailers above.
Showers are also available for domestic travellers, opposite Air New Zealand premium check-in. Travelpharm (located near 'The Bach' bar) sells shower packs including a towel and soap.
With the exception of the Novotel, the hotels listed above are serviced by the 'bright yellow bus' transfer service running between 4am and 2am daily, and departing approximately every 30 minutes. This bus costs $6 each way per passenger, with children 12 and under riding free. Your chosen hotel can provide a more specific timetable of pickup times.