Auckland International Airport

Auckland International Airport (AKL)


New Zealand's primary airport, Auckland International Airport serves more than 13 million passengers each year and is the main gateway to the remote island nation. Locally known as Mangere Airport, the facility is located 13 miles (21km) south of Auckland's city centre.

One of the busiest airports in Australasia, Auckland International Airport has consistently won awards for its efficient service and good infrastructure, providing a good first and last impression of New Zealand to international visitors. The airport received a massive upgrade in 2005, and was again given a facelift for the 2011 Rugby Worlds Cup, held in several cities across the country.


The airport is situated 13 miles (21km) south of Auckland.

Getting to the city

An Airbus Express bus service leaves regularly (roughly every 10 minutes during the day on weekdays, every 15 minutes during the day on weekends, and every 30 minutes overnight) for the city centre. Tickets start from NZD 16. Shuttle buses also offer economical transportation between the airport and city or suburbs on a 'shared ride' basis. Taxis are also available, as is car rental.


Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April).


Tel: +64 (0)9 275 0789 or 0800 247 767 (NZ only).

Car rental

There are numerous car rental companies including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available in ranks outside both terminals. Any taxi can transport passengers to the airport, but only authorised taxis can pick people up from the airport. The trip to the city centre costs between NZD 75 and NZD 90.

Transfer between terminals

A free bus links the two terminals, and walking is also possible.


Facilities at the airport include left luggage, business facilities, a medical centre, banks and ATMs, bars, restaurants and shops, a crèche, a post office, a hairdresser, supermarket, internet kiosks, tourist information and hotel reservations desks. Disabled facilities are good, but those with special needs should inform their airline or travel agent in advance.


There is plenty of parking adjacent to both terminals including a 'wait zone' where cars can park free of charge for 30 minutes. Fees range from about NZD 9 per hour to NZD 39 per day. There are also cheaper long-term parking options located off site with free shuttle services to the terminals. Substantial parking discounts are available for those who book online in advance.

Departure Tax





Flights to Auckland International Airport are available on Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Jetstar, China Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia.


There is wifi available in both terminals, and it is free for the first 30 minutes.

Business Lounges

Auckland International Airport doesn't have a business centre, however there is a fully-equipped conference centre in the Airport Gateway hotel, located four minutes from the terminal buildings; the facility can accommodated up to 120 people.

Auckland International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.