Arriving By Air
The majority of visitors coming to New Zealand arrive by air. The three main international airports are Auckland, Wellington and Chrsitchurch with Auckland being the most key entry point.
Auckland International Airport
Auckland international airport is located approx 21kim (13 miles) south of Auckland city. The airport comprises of 3 terminals – international and two domestic terminals. There is a free shuttle bus which operates between all three terminals every 20 minutes from 6am to 10:30pm daily. There is also a connecting walkway.
- Airport Information – located on the ground of the Arrivals lounge where you can book accomodation and check out what there is to know about car rentals. There are ambassadors about and even customer service reps walking around, uniformly dressed, available for assistance.
- Shops– There are a number of food shops, duty free, internet cafes, florist shops and foreign exchange office available in the airport throughout both arrivals and departures. Most of these will be signposted throughout the airport.
- Other facilities – include a medical centre just outside the international terminal. Also available are day rooms which contain facilities such as a bed, tea/coffee, shower, desk which can be rented for about $30 for four hours. For more information about Auckland Airport click here.
Wellington International Airport
Wellington airport is 3 miles south of the city centre in the suburb of miramar. The airport takes in both domestic and international flights all from one terminal. The domestic flights tend to be more busier with regular daily flights to most cities around New Zealand. Air New Zealand and Origin Pacific are the main carriers.
- Shops and other facilities – The airport has plenty of shops including duty free, food outlets a luggage deposit and more.
- Car Rentals – All the major car rental companies are located at the wellington airport branch including Ace Car Rentals, Avis, budget and many more.
Christchurch International Aiport
Christchurch airport is 12km (7 miles) northwest of the ciy. Both the domestic and international terminals are housed in one building. The domestic transfer check-in counters are located in the international arrivals lounge. The domestic terminal is only open from 7:30am to 8pm whereas the international terminal is open for all arrivals and departures.
- Restaurants, Bars and Shops– You will find restaurants and bars in both terminals. You will also find a good selection of shops in the departure hall and some more smaller shops in the domestic terminal. ATM’s can be found too.
- Infromation desks – available in both the domestic and international terminal where you can make hotel and tour reservations from. For more information about Christchurch Airport click here.