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52 Brilliant hours here!

by Felipe (January, 2010)

Reason for Stay: Just for the fun of it
Where: Landside and Airside

I've been in Auckland twice and don't like the city, so this time, instead of taking that rip-off bus to town, I decided to crash at the airport for 52 hours! I'm more than halfway through this oddessy, but must say I'm having a blast! The key is to sleep at the end of the DOMESTIC terminal (there's a quiet and really comfy corridor with tempty cushioned seats and plugs to charge you iPod...) To hang out, you have to do it at the INTERNATIONAL terminal, plus you get a nice 10 min walk by the airport. Nice. So... what I've done here... yesterday I was sewing 11 patches to my bag pack, then read half of Andre Agassi's auto-biography at the airport's bookshop (I'm planning on finishing it today...) And last night I met an AWESOME girl and hang out with her the whole time! There's free Internet access and McD's open all night, so it continued >>

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worth the delay

by auchendean (November, 2009)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside

Having missed our internal flight from AKL due to a baggage handling crisis in Dubai, 2 of us had to stopover night with an 0800 revised internal flight next day. In fact this is the 3rd time I've stayed here, rather than buy a hotel room. Nothing has changed in 5 years. Upstairs in the International observation lounge the sleeping facilities are very good. Carpeted, if you want to sleep horizontally, several upholstered bucket seats are built together to form an undulating 1.6m length bumpy sofa, if you want a bit more softness underneath. It is fairly quiet from 2300 - 0500, with few night flights causing viewers to also use 'their' lounge - they chat and wave! Always pleasant considerate sleepers as your companions, but this time one mindless young woman spent an hour on her mobile phone - until I asked her to stop. A nearby video ga continued >>

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by claydan (June, 2009)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside and Airside

Well, to save some extra dosh, I chose to stay in the Auckland Airport over night to catch my 5.50am flight in the morning. So to start of, I went up stairs to find a nice lot of seats to sleep on. On arrival, I noticed that at least 10 other people had the same idea, and lucky for me, there was one benc left. The seats were soft and CLEAN. The only downside was that the cleaners were cleaning, and the construction workers were working. So in total, I got around 2 hours sleep. I recommend that you bring earplugs and eye shades. It felt safe as there was regular patrols of security and custom officers, plus the people who were also sleeping in the airport worked in shifts. One would sleep, one would watch etc. All in all, If you need to sleep in an airport, sleep in AUCKLAND airport. But if you have money, sleep in a hotel or motel - y continued >>

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Positive Experience

by kahwooi (June, 2008)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside

Was in the airport 16 hours before my departure for Malaysia. Asked the friendly person in the info booth and asked if there was any place to sleep. In a good mood he told me the observation room would be ideal and lots of people do camp there. So I did. Pros: A few (like 3 maybe) of power supply holes (is that what it's called?) scattered around the place. Comfy sofa. Dark. Safe (saw the security patrolling twice...). No stigma towards airport sleepers (since it was the first time sleeping in the airport, I expected to be frowned upon, but gladly wasn't, there were around 4 more people there). Temperature was just nice. Few Samsung-sponsored Internet PC in lobby. Cons: Loud and very repetitive announcement (about not to bring gels/liquid on board). But since that was a new regulation at that time, so it's understandable. Ther continued >>

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Best of the best

by cthong85 (June, 2007)

Reason for Stay: No Money
Where: Landside

Had a flight to catch at very early morning, i occupied 4 cushioned seats in a row, was totally undisturbed until the gift shops open. Security is great, toilets are clean. to sum it all up...good

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