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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)


Pros: -
Cons: -


(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)


Pros: -
Cons: -


(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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