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How to get to Auckland

Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand. The city sits on a narrow isthmus between the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf on the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea to the south-west.

The most convenient route to Auckland is by air to Auckland Airport (AKL), located about 21km (13mi) south of Auckland city centre.


Flight times to Auckland

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Auckland Airport (AKL), New Zealand.

From Australia: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Adelaide to Auckland is 5 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Brisbane to Auckland is 3 hrs 53 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Auckland is 9 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Sydney to Auckland is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Perth to Auckland is 6 hrs, 10 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Beijing to Auckland is 12 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Auckland is 11 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Auckland is 10 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines operate regular direct flights to Auckland.

Singapore to Auckland is 9 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From UAE: Emirates offers the most daily direct flights to Auckland.

Dubai to Auckland is 15 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From United States: Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, American Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Auckland.

Los Angeles to Auckland is 12 hrs 50 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Auckland is 12 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Auckland is 18 hrs 49 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Auckland is 20 hrs 3 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Auckland is 16 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Auckland is 17 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Auckland is 20 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air New Zealand and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Vancouver to Auckland is 13 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Toronto to Auckland is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Auckland is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

London to Auckland is 23 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Auckland is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Paris to Auckland is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Berlin to Auckland is 24 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Auckland is 24 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Auckland is 23 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Auckland is 25 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Auckland is 23 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Emirates offers the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Dublin to Auckland is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Auckland Airport (AKL) is located 21km (13mi) south of Auckland city centre.


Transfer between terminals

A free shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes between the terminals from 05:00am to 10:30pm. Alternatively, passengers may walk between the terminals, which takes about 10 minutes.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxi ranks are situated outside the International Arrivals Terminal, and the Domestic Terminal. Journey time to central Auckland is about 30 minutes, costing around NZ$75 — NZ$95.

Taxi operators include Auckland Co-op Taxis (tel: +64 9 300 3000; www.cooptaxi.co.nz) and Corporate Cabs (tel: +64 9 377 0773; www.corporatecabs.co.nz).

Shuttle: Shared-ride Super Shuttle buses (tel: +64 9 522 5100; www.supershuttle.co.nz) depart from shuttle ranks outside the International and Domestic Terminals. Journey time to Auckland city centre is around 35 minutes.

Bus: A dedicated SkyBus service (tel: 0800 SKYBUS or +64 9222 0084; www.skybus.co.nz) operates from the airport to the city centre every 10 minutes during peak times (07:00am – 07:00pm) taking around 60 minutes, and costs NZ$18 for a single ticket.

Bus connections are also available to Manukau city centre and other regional destinations.

Shuttle buses also offer transportation between the airport and city or suburbs on a 'shared ride' basis.


Car rental

Car hire companies at Auckland Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Counters are located in Arrivals on the ground floor in the International Terminal.

For domestic passengers, desks are situated on the ground floor of the multi-level car park immediately opposite Domestic Arrivals.


Terminal facilities

Money: Bureau de change facilities and ATMS can be found in both terminals.

Food: There are numerous restaurants, fast-food outlets, cafés and bars at the airport, most of which are spread throughout the International Terminal.

Shopping: Most of the shops located at Auckland Airport are found on the first floor of the International Terminal. These include duty-free and specialist shops selling gifts, watches and confectionery.

Duty-free items can also be bought online in advance for collection at the airport.

The Domestic Terminal has a limited selection of newsagents and clothing accessory retailers.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Auckland Airport (free for the first 2 hours).

Coin-, phone card- and credit card-operated telephones can be found throughout the airport.

There are various post boxes within the terminals and stamps can be purchased from the on-site newsagents or the duty-free collection point in the International Terminal.

Other: Other facilities at Auckland Airport include free showers, first aid assistance, a medical centre, a non-denominational chapel and a Muslim prayer mat areas (1st floor, domestic and international terminals).

Nurseries are available for those with children. Passengers with some time to spare can head to the airport observation area on Puhinui Road or play a round of mini golf on a nearby course.


Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers include automatic doors, lifts, accessible toilets and showers, as well as ATMs with Braille keys.

Wheelchair assistance is available from the help desks on the ground floor. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should also inform their airline prior to travel.

There are also disabled parking spaces in front of the terminals and in the airport car parks.

Travel to and from the airport can be arranged in advance by Dial-a-ride (tel: +64 9 625 5599), who offer accessible vans for wheelchair users (book in advance).


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least one month beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel and proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses while in the country.

No visa is required for stays of up to three months for US, Canadian, Irish and South African citizens. UK citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to six months. Australian citizens do not need a visa and may stay indefinitely.


Getting around Auckland

The city offers a good intracity bus service that shuttles around all the major landmarks and neighbourhoods; a 1-day Discover Pass and a Bus About Pass are available for unlimited travel.

In addition, the double-decker Auckland Explorer Bus visits 14 major Auckland attractions departing from the Sky Tower or the Ferry Building on Quay Street every half-hour from 9am to 5pm daily in summer and 10am to 5pm in winter.

Taxis are available by phone, at taxi-stands and can be flagged down on the street.


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Latest update: How to get to Auckland : 11 February, 2020


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