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Beware the bedbugs

by anon76 (February, 2011)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: The airport security staff, relative quiet and low lighting
Cons: BEDBUG infestation, overcrowding

The airport security staff allow (and recommend) that travellers sleep in the observation lounge. It is slightly darker and quieter than other parts of the airport. It is heavily used by travellers for sleeping (crowded). There usually aren't enough benches. The lighting is still bright. People come and go and some walk up and down the metal stairs to the observation deck, making noise. It gets quite cold at night. The observation lounge is infested with bedbugs, particularly the soft benches. Some people tried to avoid this by sleeping on the floor, but bedbugs can just as easily live in the carpet. Bedbugs can also be transported along with your luggage, clothing and bedding (quite a few people use sleeping bags, pillows and bedrolls) and they are notoriously difficult to eliminate. For this reason, I would avoid the observation continued >>

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Its a bit chilly in here....

by jimbalaya (December, 2010)

Where: Landside and Airside

Why is Auckland Airport always SO SO cold? Its not like its situated in the hottest of places in the world, so why does it always seem to be so cold?! Turn down the air conditioning Auckland Airport! I believe theyve won awards for being one of the better airports around the world... this may be true if I didnt have to walk around it with goose bumps all the time!

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Very enjoy first airport sleep

by zan5hin (February, 2010)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure

From this site I knew I should head for the observation lounge on the second floor, however I asked the helpful info booth where I should crash and he suggested the same so that is where I headed. I was there really early and tired so tried sleeping at 8pm which was a bit difficult. I initially chose an area overlooking the duty free downstairs near the restaurant away from the crowd, and a nice cleaning lady came to vacuum and clean all the grubby windows so that was nice. I was woken by a loud chinese family which decided to stand near me and talk, so I moved into the proper observation area with the other people, where it was much easier and quieter after 11pm. Only announcement was looking for people to get on flights or about flight delays. Barely any late night flights so this was not an issue. Plenty of four chair lounges to continued >>

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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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