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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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