Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the main airport for New Zealand and is where most travellers start and end their trip in the country. This large airport has direct flights to several countries around the world and is located in a western suburb about 21 kilometres south of the Auckland city centre. Remember the airport has very strict bio-security with the use of dogs and x-ray machines. To avoid any fines just declare any biological material. With over 13 million passengers a year it is the busiest airport in the country and has most international connections.
For more information about other airports throughout the world, also see the list of airports.
Getting there and away
- Car: Two state highways connect to the airport. State Highway 20A goes north with access to central Auckland, the western and northern suburbs, and Northland. State Highway 20B leaves the airport to the east and allows access to southern and eastern Auckland, and the rest of the North Island.
- Taxis and shuttles are available at both terminals.
- Bus: The Airbus Express operates 24 hours and connects the airport to the Downtown Ferry Terminal in the central city via Mount Eden and Queen Street. The Downtown Ferry Terminal is opposite the Britomart Transport Centre, which allows bus and train connections to the wider Auckland area. Bus routes 375 and 380 operate from the airport to Botany Town Centre and Manukau City respectively.
A free shuttle bus connects the international and domestic terminals to each other. They are also linked by a walkway.
Airlines, Destinations and Terminals
There is an international and a domestic terminal at Auckland Airport. For more information about airlines, check the list of airlines or details about travelling with a budget airline.
- Aerolíneas Argentinas - Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Sydney
- Aircalin Nouméa
- Air New Zealand - Adelaide, Apia, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Honolulu, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Nadi, Niue, Norfolk Island, Nouméa, Osaka-Kansai, Papeete, Perth, Port Vila, Rarotonga, San Francisco, Shanghai-Pudong, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita, Tonga, Vancouver
- Air Pacific - Nadi, Suva
- Air Tahiti Nui - Papeete
- Air Vanuatu - Port Vila
- Cathay Pacific Airways - Hong Kong
- China Southern Airlines - Brisbane, Guangzhou
- Continental Airlines - Houston-Intercontinental
- Emirates - Brisbane, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney
- Jetstar Airways - Gold Coast, Sydney
- Jetstar Asia Airways - Singapore
- Korean Air - Seoul-Incheon
- LAN Airlines - Santiago de Chile, Sydney
- Malaysia Airlines - Kuala Lumpur
- Qantas - Los Angeles, Sydney
- Qantas operated by Jetconnect - Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
- Royal Brunei Airlines - Bandar Seri Begawan
- Singapore Airlines - Singapore
- Thai Airways International - Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
- Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue - Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Nuku'alofa, Rarotonga, Sydney
- Virgin Blue operated by Polynesian Blue - Apia
- Air Chathams - Chatham Islands, Napier
- Air New Zealand - Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington
- Air New Zealand operated by Air Nelson - Blenheim, Gisborne, Kerikeri, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Tauranga
- Air New Zealand operated by Eagle Airways - Blenheim, Gisborne, Hamilton, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Masterton, Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Wanganui, Whakatane, Whangarei
- Air New Zealand operated by Mount Cook Airline - Napier, Palmerston North, Dunedin
- Great Barrier Airlines - Great Barrier Island, Matarangi, Whangarei, Whitianga
- Jetstar Airways - Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington
- Mountain Air - Great Barrier Island, Whangarei, Tongariro
- Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue - Christchurch,Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington