Auckland Airport (formerly Auckland International Airport) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand with over 15 million passengers a year and this figure is expected to rise to 24 million by 2025. The airport is in Mangere, 21km south of Auckland City centre. It is the central hub for Air New Zealand.
Auckland Airport is one of New Zealand’s most important infrastructure assets, providing thousands of jobs for the region, and is the country’s second largest cargo ‘port’ by value, contributing around $14 billion to the economy, and catering for over four million visitors each year, resulting in a 70% share of New Zealand’s international travellers.
The airport is the fourth busiest in Australasia after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports. However, internationally, the international terminal is the second busiest in Australasia, being a third busier than Melbourne Airport in terms of international passengers. The airport has also been rated in the top three worldwide for airports handling 5–15 million passengers annually.
If you have some time between flights consider there are some cool activities around Auckland Airport to fill your time. For thrill seekers, Rainbow’s End is New Zealand’s only theme park. For a more calming family experience, consider Butterfly Creek where farm animals and creepy crawlies all share a home. If you want to get active, consider the driving range to show off your swing or paintball for an active hour or so.