Auckland Airport (AKL) is the biggest and busiest airport in New Zealand, also the country’s second largest cargo port by value, the domestic and international hub for Air New Zealand and Jetstar Airways. The airport is located about 13 mile 42 li south of the downtown Auckland city centre. Auckland International is one of the only two airports in New Zealand (together with Christchurch Airport) which can service Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A380. The airport provides thousands of jobs for the region and acts as one of the most important infrastructure facility here.
In Australia, the airport is the fourth busiest regarding total passengers (after Sydney, Melourne and Brisbane airports) and the the second busiest regarding international passengers. Auckland Airport has been rated highly as the 12th best airport in the world by Skytrax World Airport Awards and being the best airport in Australia Pacific region.
Getting to and from the Airport
Auckland Airport is highly accessible via the two state highways, AIRBUS Express, 380 Airporter, rail and cycling routes. The two state highways—State Highway 20A and State Highway 20B. State—are the two quickest route to the CBD, which takes around 30 minutes. The Waterview Connection which would be opened in 2017 would reduce travel times especially during peak hours.
AIRBUS Express is an express bus that runs between both of the airport terminals and Central Auckland, with frequency of about 30 minutes. The bus brings passenger to the Downtown Ferry Terminal, which is oppositie the Britomart Transport Centre where you can transit to buses and trains to the wider Auckland area. Besides, passengers can also take 380 Airporter to go to Onehunga and Manukau City with the frequency of hourly to Onehunga and half-hourly to Manukau. There are also several cycling routes connecting the airport with the surrounding suburbs on which you can use to explore the city.
Airport Services and Facilities
In addition to the basic airport services including currency exchange, duty free, shopping and restaurants, Auckland Airport also has a wide range of artworks. At the Green Termminal, you can also observe cutting-edge green level technology with solar panels, rain harveting, cleaner air quality and eco displays, LED touch screen monitors displaying how much carbon dioxide being saved by the solar panel usage.
There are a few different options for you to deposit your luggages including hand luggage storage at the Collection Point (NZ$3 or HK$15), or luggage storage with Auckland Tourism i-site Visitor Information centre (NZ$15/item/day or HK$75/item/day)
Things to do
There are many tours available for you to choose from when you are at Auckland Airport and would like to take a look around the city area. Auckland’s Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere, being more than a thousand feet high providing a spectacular view from the 360 degree rotating resturant, viewing platforms. What’s more, you can even try SkyJump-ing off the Tower. After that you can drop by Tonic Day Spa for some relaxing beauty therapy, massage or infrared sauna. If you would like to learn about the Maori culture or admire the most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil, you should definitely pay Auckland Musem a visit. If you are looking for souvenirs to bring back home, check out the Otara Market—the world’s largest Polynesian market—for crafts and exotic foods.
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*All information and prices are valid as at August 2015.
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