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The Travellers’ Guide to New Zealand Airports

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Which airports to use in New Zealand?

With 62 airports around the country, it’s fair to say that New Zealand is well-connected. However, with some airports offering international flights all around the world, some linking with Australia, and others only connecting domestically, you’re going to want to know which New Zealand airports to choose for your travels in New Zealand. This guide will list the busiest New Zealand airports with the most connections.

While this guide will give you an overview of the New Zealand airports, be sure to check out Which Airport to Arrive in New Zealand when deciding on an arrival city. Also see Domestic Flights in New Zealand so you know what to expect when travelling domestically.

6 Tips for flying in New Zealand

  • When arriving in New Zealand from overseas, make sure you declare everything that needs to be declared! Even if you are unsure, declare it anyway. For a full list of items, see What Do You Need to Declare When Arriving in New Zealand?
  • Research what visa you need before arriving in New Zealand!
  • When booking a domestic flight, be aware of all the add-ons! Some add-ons like check-in luggage will require you to pay extra.
  • Just because most international flights go to Auckland doesn’t mean that your trip has to start there. A connection to another New Zealand airport is often cheap enough when booked in advance.
  • Taxis are not the only way to get to and from the airport. Consider all your transport options in the “public transport” links in the sections below.
  • Get over jet lag quickly by following these tips.
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Auckland Airport (AKL)

As the largest and busiest international airport in New Zealand, with more than 19 million passengers per year, the Auckland Airport is the most likely arrival airport for overseas visitors. All the major airlines serving in New Zealand arrive at the Auckland Airport. Plus, it’s the busiest airport for domestic flights too.

Location and Transport

The Auckland Airport is situated in the Mangere suburb of Auckland, about 25-30 minutes drive south of Auckland Central. An airport bus, public bus services, shuttles and taxis all connect the Auckland Airport with Auckland Central and the surrounding Auckland region. Check out Cheapest Airport Transfer Options for Auckland Airport for all your options. Additionally, there is a free shuttle between the international and domestic terminals.

Car and campervan rental depots are in close proximity to the Auckland Airport, with most rental companies offering a complimentary shuttle service from the airport to their depots. Find out more in The Best Car Rental Companies in Auckland.

Services at the Auckland Airport
  • Storage facilities
  • Baggage storage
  • 30 minutes free WiFi (get more tips on finding WiFi here)
  • Telephones
  • Showers
  • Banking
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • Inter-denominational chapel
  • Duty-free shopping mall
  • Pharmacy
  • Bars & eateries
  • Baby-changing and nursery
  • Children’s playground

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Wellington Airport (WLG)

Situated in the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington Airport is an international New Zealand airport for flights between eastern Australia and Fiji. It’s the country’s third busiest airport with more than 6 million passengers per year. Wellington Airport is also an important domestic airport connecting with a huge number of New Zealand airports. You’re more likely to find reasonably-priced domestic airfares when flying to Wellington.

Location and Transport

Wellington Airport is situated about 8km south of Wellington City in the suburb of Rongotai. It takes about 20 minutes to drive there from the city centre. An airport bus, shuttles and taxis all service Wellington Airport. For more information on your airport transfer options, see Public Transport in Wellington.

Several car and campervan rental companies have depots near the Wellington Airport with some companies offering a complimentary shuttle service between the depot and airport.

Services at the Wellington Airport
  • Free WiFi
  • Baggage storage
  • Showers
  • Telephones
  • Currency exchange
  • ATMs
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Bars and eateries
  • Baby-changing area

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Christchurch Airport (CHC)

New Zealand’s second largest and busiest airport, Christchurch Airport is considered an international and domestic flight hub for the South Island. The airport has flights between Australia, Fiji and Singapore, as well as a huge range of domestic airports. This airport is where most travellers’ decide to land when travelling the South Island, as connections with the Auckland Airport are frequent and well-priced.

Location and Transport

The Christchurch Airport is situated about 10km northwest of the city centre, taking about 20 minutes to drive between the airport and the city centre. Public buses, shuttles and taxis all serve Christchurch Airport and the rest of the city. For more information, see Public Transport in Christchurch.

There’s also a huge range of car and campervan rental companies with depots close to the Christchurch Airport. Most of which will offer complimentary shuttles between the airport and their depot. Check out The Best Car Rental Companies in Christchurch for more information.

Services at the Christchurch Airport
  • Free WiFi
  • Baggage storage
  • Showers
  • Duty-free shopping mall
  • Pharmacy
  • Bars and eateries
  • ATMs
  • Banking
  • Currency exchange
  • Baby-changing area
  • Children’s play area
  • Arcade games

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Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

Queenstown Airport is a popular arrival airport for starting to travel in the south of the South Island. The airport not only links with eastern Australia, it also offers frequent domestic flights with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Queenstown Airport is a small airport but the fourth-busiest in New Zealand.

Location and Transport

Queenstown Airport is situated about a 10-minutes drive from the town centre in the suburb of Frankton. A public bus service runs to the airport, as well as there being shuttle and taxi services. Find out more in our guide to the Public Transport in Queenstown.

There’s also a wide range of car and campervan rental depots close to the airport, either within walking distance or accessible via rental company shuttles. Check out The Best Car Rental Companies in Queenstown for more information.

Services at the Queenstown Airport
  • Free WiFi
  • Baggage Storage
  • Telephones
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Pharmacy
  • Bars and eateries
  • ATM
  • Currency exchange
  • Baby changing area

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Dunedin Airport (DUD)

The final noteworthy airport to consider using on your travels in New Zealand is the Dunedin Airport. Dunedin Airport connects with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Internationally, there are flights between Dunedin and Brisbane, Australia.

Location and Transport

The Dunedin Airport is about 30km southwest of Dunedin city centre in the suburb of Momona, taking about 25 minutes to drive between the two. Shuttles and taxis service the airport, while there’s a few opportunities for car rentals situated around the airport. Find out more about getting around Dunedin with our guide to Public Transport in Dunedin.

Services at the Dunedin Airport
  • Free WiFi
  • Showers
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Pharmacy
  • Bar and fast food
  • Banking
  • Currency exchange
  • ATM
  • Baby-changing area
  • Parenting room
  • Arcade games

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Other Airports in New Zealand

While there are around 62 passenger airports in New Zealand, this list will go through some of the busiest airports that you’re most likely to use if you want to get around New Zealand by plane.

For more information and tips for taking a domestic flight in New Zealand, be sure to check out our Domestic Flights in New Zealand guide.

  • Nelson Airport (NSN)
  • Hawke’s Bay Airport (NPE)
  • Palmerston North Airport (PMR)
  • New Plymouth Airport (NPL)
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG)
  • Hamilton Airport (HLZ)
  • Blenheim Airport (BHE)
  • Invercargill Airport (IVC)
  • Rotorua Airport (ROT)

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