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Not too bad

by web-administrator (March, 2015)


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(Guest Review from Ruaridh) Had to stay in the airport, since the Australia vs NZ cricket had filled all the hotel rooms of Auckland. International terminal is split over 3 levels: Ground: departures/arrival etc, Level 1: food court, level 2: viewing deck On ground floor there is little dark space to sleep, and too much noise, but there are some fairly comfortable and quiet benches away from the arrivals hall at the far 'left' end, if you're quick. The food hall upstairs is pretty good - with 24hr McDonalds, and some other eating places open til 11. There are again some comfortable benches to sleep on if you arrive early. Floors aren't carpeted, so not very comfortable, and the whole place is fairly bright. Best place I found was up on level 2. The viewing deck was closed, but there was plenty of space at the top of the escalator to bed down in comparative darkness and quiet. I actually found a carpeted corridor with a dark nook next to a meeting room which was ok, although some staff kept walking past me.

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A good last night in NZ

by web-administrator (February, 2015)


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(Guest Review from greenpapuche) In Auckland international terminal, you can sleep on comfortable benches in the food court area. Try to arrive early if you can, because there is a lot of people sleeping there. You can buy food all night long. The only problem is the limited wifi (only 30 minutes).

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Auckland Airport Review

by web-administrator (July, 2014)


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(Guest Review from HCSamoa) So cold! Got locked out of the main terminal area since my flight arrived late (1am) and had to sleep in a corridor. I'm not sure how many people this happens to but it happened to me twice on a flight from Apia, Samoa which arrived after 1am. They close the little security checkpoint between customs and the main terminal area so if you're there late you get trapped outside in a little corridor area. The aircon was on full blast and it was FREEZING. Lucikly the second time I had brought warm clothes. The first time was miserable. Hard to sleep in the corridor area because of noisy tourism ads that kept going off. Once inside, there are some nice lounges to sleep on (near the big hipster coffee shop) but the maintenance people were all starting work (6am-ish) and shops were opening up all around so it was noisy there too. The main terminal area is actually quite nice - lots of good food options and free internet for 30 min. If you have to sleep here, just make sure to bring warm clothes. Earplugs and eye mask would also be a good idea. And if your plane gets in late, rush to the main terminal area so you can get through security before it shuts. Warm clothes (incl. multple layers of socks) essential.

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Worse 14 hour ordeal of my life

by wwaileng (November, 2014)


Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything


Had the worst experience at this airport. To cut a 14 hour story short (that's how long I was made to wait in the airport, without being allowed to enter Auckland), I had my mobile phone, passport and return ticket seized by customs (without them telling me what was my alleged crime), customs went through my mobile phone without my consent, didn't allow me access to a phone call (although my friend who was supposed to pick me up from the airport was frantically trying to call me) and was made to wait for at least 5-6 hours for the morning shift to conduct a formal interview with me. After 14 hours, the immigration officer who conducted the interview with me (who was actually a nice man. Can't say the same for the customs folks), told me I was sent to immigration because the customs read from my phone messages that I was paid for sex. I was so furious and said there was no such thing and he can check for himself. He did that in front of me and found nothing and I was free to go. The customs are a bunch of racists who discriminated me because I was a single Asian female traveller who wouldn't be bullied. I will never come back to NZ again and will be lodging official complaints on this

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Sleeping in Auckland's airport

by Sam.625 (April, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: The staff was very polite
Cons: It's not a five star hotel


At first I was apprehensive about sleeping in the Auckland Airport. At the time I was studying abroad in Australia and decided to spend Easter break traveling around in New Zealand. I ended up buying my tickets later than my friends, so in order to avoid paying more money I bought a ticket that arrived in Auckland around 12am. My friends weren't arriving until later that afternoon. I explained this to one of the airport staff and they directed me to the area where more people were sleeping as they waited for their early morning flights. There were about 30 other people and we all slept in the food court area. Security cycled back and forth frequently so I felt pretty safe. I stayed in their for 9 hrs until my friend arrived. It was clean and decent. I mostly people watched and guarded by bag the whole time. If you're in a pickle and want to save a couple of dollars by spending the night at the Auckland airport, I say go for it. It's a cheap experience to tell your friends about later.

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Auckland

by web-administrator (June, 2014)


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(GUEST) Mid-june in winter. I like the rows of seats in the dining are near KFC. I went to sleep at 1am and woke up at 5am the next morning. About eight other people doing the same thing.

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Auckland

by web-administrator (September, 2014)


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(GUEST) The ambience of the airport is amazing, it is really relaxing and calming with the sounds of birds playing and soothing lights. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The place is clean and everything is easy to find.

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Comfortable Nights Sleep

by katieicebaby (March, 2014)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: Comfortable benches without armrests, dark and quiet place to sleep
Cons: A bit chilly by the windows


In March of 2014, I spent an evening in the Auckland Airport after carefully reading all of the reviews posted here. After I had dinner in the food court, I made my way to the viewing point as suggested by other reviewers. Before going all the way up to the viewing platform, I found many comfortable seats (three or four connected, if I remember correctly) without arm rests in the middle, facing out towards the runways. I grabbed an empty one on the non-carpeted part of the floor, just in case there was still a risk of bed bugs as mentioned by another reviewer (Ive had them three times, and they are definitely worth avoiding at all costs). There were already some people claiming the other rows of seating, as it was around 8pm or so. There were outlets nearby, so I recommend getting there early if you require power. Later in the evening it was dark and quiet, allowing me to get about six hours of sleep in total. It is a bit cold sleeping by the windows, so some people pulled their benches back and others just bundled up a bit more. I never saw a security person hassle anyone sleeping in this part of the airport. In terms of other perks, on the landside of the airport, there are free luggage scales to weigh your bags ahead of time, plenty of food options, and many outlets in the food court area if you need to charge something. On the airside, you can use the internet kiosks for free for the first two minutes, so if youre desperate to check something, it can be done for free. At the moment, Auckland Airport offers guests 30 minutes of free wifi, and after that, you must pay for it.

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nice staff pointed out disused area of terminal

by Tonka (August, 2011)


Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Landside
Pros: secluded area of airport
Cons: not sure of secuirty in secluded area of airport.


i had got a redeye cheap seatr from australia, so was to zonked out to face finding my way thru a new town when arriving at the airport at 0500. I initally crashed on a comfy armchair outside the Qantas business class checkin area. But soon a Qantas fella told me to move on in a nice way and even told me of the great spot on the third floor . Really hard to describe how to get to. follow signs for the viewing platform. I think at the time the only way to get from the 2nd floor the 3rd floor was by a lift in some osbsure corner. Anyways theres 4bench seats with nor armrests so you can stretch out. And theres very few people go up there. i was the only sleeper. theres great views over looking the ramp and runways. bring earplugs. i never noticed any security or cleaning people, but then again i was tryign to sleep.

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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 lounge at all costs.

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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 sleep on. I had a sleeping bag and was very comfortable, unlike other sleepers who were had no blankets. Did get a bit cold near the windows after midnight. Security does keep an eye on you, but does not bother you at all. When I woke up there was a big Maori bloke doing his rounds. After I checked in at 3:30am I walked around and saw silly people sleeping in the check in area and even in the food court under bright lights and noise. I saw two banks of Samsung terminals in the airport which were busy so I assume they had free internet.

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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's been REALLY awesome! I give it 12/10! ;-) Felipe C. M

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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 games room booms out automatic messages, but I just shut the doors and that cured that one. A nearby bar provides grog until 2230 and it's really pleasant drinking and watching the flights along the runway until the Airport quietens down. Toilets nearby.Lifts allow you to bring a trolley upstairs with all the luggage. No hassle from staff. Coffee bar with some food on the floor below is open all night. By moving around the lounge one can either read or get a reasonably darkened spot for the kip. No fancy facilities, but that's why it's quiet!Just perfect.

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Okay.

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 - you will get a much better sleep. :D

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