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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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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 continued >>

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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 continued >>

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