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Airports in New Zealand

Auckland International Airport (AKL)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is situated 14 miles (22km) south of Auckland.

Getting to the city

An Airbus bus service leaves regularly (every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night) for the city centre and costs NZ$16 for a single ticket. Shuttle buses also offer economical transportation between the airport and city or suburbs on a 'shared ride' basis. Maxx also offers public transport to and from the city and surrounding areas. Taxis are also available; the airport to city fare is about NZ$75 to NZ$90.

Time

Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).

Contacts

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

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Christchurch International Airport (CHC)

Overview

A small facility located 7.5 miles (12km) outside of Christchurch, Christchurch International Airport is a tidy little airport serving roughly six million passengers each year. New Zealand's second largest airport, Christchurch International hosts mostly flights to destinations in New Zealand and Australia, with a few flights to cities in Asia like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.

Christchurch International Airport is currently undergoing massive renovations after it was damaged in several earthquakes in early 2011. The construction process will include several upgrades allowing the airport to increase its capacity as its numbers continue to grow year after year.

Christchurch International Airport is a fairly basic facility with a good selection of shops and restaurants, and services like a hairdresser and florist. One popular point of interest is the International Antarctic Centre across the road, offering interactive exhibitions and activities the whole family will enjoy.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (12km) from Christchurch.

Getting to the city

The airport is connected to Christchurch by two public bus routes departing from the regional transport hub at the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall. Door-to-door shuttles are available with advance booking.

Time

Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +64 (0)3 358 5029.

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Wellington International Airport (WLG)

Overview

The Rugby World Cup hosted by New Zealand in 2011 meant that Wellington International Airport was upgraded in time for the event. Situated in Rongotai suburb, a short drive from central Wellington, the airport is a great introduction to New Zealand as it showcases sweeping views of the Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands.

While Wellington International Airport is the third busiest airport in New Zealand, only three international carriers offer flights to the airport. However, many domestic carriers connect the airport to most other airports in New Zealand, including Christchurch and Auckland. The airport itself is well connected to the rest of Wellington by the city's efficient public bus network.

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Wellington.

Getting to the city

The Stagecoach Flyer bus will cost between NZ$2.00 and NZ$17.00 for an adult fare, depending on where you are going. Shuttle services and taxis all go to the city centre for around NZ$15 and NZ$30 respectively.

Time

Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +64 (0)4 385 5100 (24 hours).

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Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

Overview

Otago, on New Zealand's South Island, is home to the resort town of Queenstown. A great way to access Queenstown is via the small, but efficient, Queenstown Airport.

Queenstown Airport receives many domestic flights and a couple of flights from Australia during peak holiday season. The airport is well equipped with shops selling skiing equipment as well as tasty treats, making it the perfect gateway to a holiday in New Zealand's Alps.

Location

The airport is just four miles (6km) from central Queenstown.

Getting to the city

The best way to get into the city is by taxi. However, shuttles are also available and can be booked via www.conexions.com. Fares range from NZ$5 for kids, to NZ$10 for adults. It also costs an extra NZ$10 for ski gear.

Time

GMT + 13

Contacts

Tel: +64 3 450 9031.

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

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