Auckland International Airport
The largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, Auckland International Airport is known locally as Mangere Airport because it is located in that suburb. Just 13 miles south of downtown, the facility handles roughly 13 million passengers a year with excellent connections to Australia and Asia. Most European and North American travelers will have to fly through one of the Asian hubs, such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Hong Kong to reach Auckland. Air New Zealand is the official airline of the country and currently offers direct flights from Vancouver and Los Angeles, as well as London and Frankfurt.
The airport is split between the international and domestic terminals, which are connected by a shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes. Both have a good selection of shopping and dining options, as well as banks and ATMs. The international terminal offers plenty of duty-free shopping and currency exchange. For those who need more retail therapy, there is the Airport Shopping Centre just a short drive away.
Auckland International Airport has plenty of parking, both for cars and campers. Visitors can choose from the Business Express (closest to domestic terminal), Short-term Covered/Uncovered, or Long-term Covered/Uncovered at both the international and domestic terminals. Driving is a popular way to see the country and many families choose to rent R/Vs, which is a great way to explore New Zealand. Most major car rental companies such as Avis and Hertz have desks at the airport. Public transportation includes buses, taxis and shuttles. The airport is well-serviced by the MAXX bus of Auckland, as well as other private companies. Taxis are an easy and affordable transportation option, with stands located at the domestic arrivals area by door 8 and international terminal door 4.
Visitors should note that New Zealand has very strict laws concerning the importation of food and fruit. Agriculture is an important part of the country’s economy and it is safe-guarded by the Agriculture and Customs Services. Visitors should declare any food in their luggage prior to entering New Zealand as fines for illegal importation (both intentional and unintentional) are high.