Airport info Auckland (AKL) - amenities, transfers, transport

Old Mar 14, 19, 1:26 am
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I am even willing to pay just for a bus ride (but not a train ride) to and from the city assuming the ride gives a litle glimpse of Auckland and the areas around. It may be a long time before I am in Auckland again, so willing to settle for that. Even stepping out at the destination, walking around for 10 minutes and catching the next bus back would be OK with me.

Can I get that from Skybus ?
The first half of the trip is motorway, with not much view. Then suburbia. Nice views at the top of the ridge immediately before CBD - but only lasts a minute or two. Then CBD. So yes, provides a snapshot of variety of parts of Auckland. Mostly not unique to Auckland.

To see the bits that are uniquely Auckland need more time (or lots more cost). E.g. walk up Mt Eden. Ferry to Waiheke Island and explore. Go up the sky tower.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 6:51 am
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The first half of the trip is motorway, with not much view. Then suburbia. Nice views at the top of the ridge immediately before CBD - but only lasts a minute or two. Then CBD. So yes, provides a snapshot of variety of parts of Auckland. Mostly not unique to Auckland.

To see the bits that are uniquely Auckland need more time (or lots more cost). E.g. walk up Mt Eden. Ferry to Waiheke Island and explore. Go up the sky tower.
Are you saying that if I'm willing to spend more money, I can get to see a little more of Auckland even in that short time ? I know it's very little time, but I may not be in Auckland again for many, many years so I may even be willing to take a cab into Auckland along a scenic route.

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Old Mar 16, 19, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
Are you saying that if I'm willing to spend more money, I can get to see a little more of Auckland even in that short time ? I know it's very little time, but I may not be in Auckland again for many, many years so I may even be willing to take a cab into Auckland along a scenic route.
Your limited time is the biggest constraint. If you take a cab to sky tower (quicker than the bus) you would have enough time to go up it and see over the city. Cost is higher because cab is more expensive than the airport bus, plus the cost of admission to the observation levels of the sky tower.
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Akl transfer w/ wheelchair

Will be arriving Akl at 8:55 Ua 917. Will need to transfer to domestic to catch NZ to CHC. Will have a lot of checked luggage and I will need a wheelchair and pusher. Ua wants to book a 2:05 connection. Seems tight to me. Any experience with wheelchair help?
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Old Jun 8, 22, 3:19 am
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Been to AKL before? The international & domestic terminals are some distance apart
https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/tr...r-terminal-bus
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Will be arriving Akl at 8:55 Ua 917. Will need to transfer to domestic to catch NZ to CHC. Will have a lot of checked luggage and I will need a wheelchair and pusher. Ua wants to book a 2:05 connection. Seems tight to me. Any experience with wheelchair help?
You might be able to get the airline to arrange a wheelchair - which will have a 50/50 chance of actually being there when you arrive - to meet you at the gate and take you through to baggage claim, but the odds on someone pushing you and someone else to deal with your luggage for the intl to domestic transfer is exactly zero. It's simply not a thing the airlines do in NZ. You're expected to be able to arrange all/any warm bodies needed to do that part.
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Old Jun 8, 22, 3:51 pm
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Will be arriving Akl at 8:55 Ua 917. Will need to transfer to domestic to catch NZ to CHC. Will have a lot of checked luggage and I will need a wheelchair and pusher. Ua wants to book a 2:05 connection. Seems tight to me. Any experience with wheelchair help?
I'd look for a longer connection. Health document checks on arrival are slow. If you are unlucky with one or more flights landed just before you there will be a long wait. Can easily take an hour or more just for that step. Although maybe being in a wheelchair it may be quicker since not the main queue.

Currently have to take a bus to get between international and domestic terminals as the pedestrian path is closed for construction works. I assume the transfer bus has wheelchair access.

As for wheelchair being ready at the gate on arrival, this could be hit and miss. For a recent departure there was someone waiting for wheelchair to arrive when I boarded, approx 60 minutes after the aircraft had pulled into the gate. There are massive staff shortages at the airport at the moment due to covid.
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Transit in AKL? We’ll flying SFO to BNE on United/ Air New Zealand in October.
do we stay in the international terminal?
what security do we go through? Is 2 hours enough?
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Transit in AKL? We’ll flying SFO to BNE on United/ Air New Zealand in October.
Do we stay in the international terminal?
What security do we go through? Is 2 hours enough?
So SFO-AKL-BNE. All in 1 ticket/PNR?
If all 1 ticket/PNR
  • you stay airside
  • will be transit security. At airports in NZ (and AU) international arrivals and departures are physically separate
  • if sold as 1 ticket the airlines have established 2:00hrs is OK
Check the NZ govt requirements for transit. But they may change between now and Oct.
-->https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...sit-passengers

UA also fly to SYD & MEL, and are starting a SFO-BNE service in Oct 2023
--->United Announces SFO-Brisbane (BNE), Australia

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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer View Post
I'd look for a longer connection. Health document checks on arrival are slow. If you are unlucky with one or more flights landed just before you there will be a long wait. Can easily take an hour or more just for that step. Although maybe being in a wheelchair it may be quicker since not the main queue.

Currently have to take a bus to get between international and domestic terminals as the pedestrian path is closed for construction works. I assume the transfer bus has wheelchair access.

As for wheelchair being ready at the gate on arrival, this could be hit and miss. For a recent departure there was someone waiting for wheelchair to arrive when I boarded, approx 60 minutes after the aircraft had pulled into the gate. There are massive staff shortages at the airport at the moment due to covid.
This info is out of date. No health document checks on arrival.

The walkway between international and domestic terminals has just reopened.

However the airport and airlines remain very short staffed so many delays and cancellations.
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The walkway between international and domestic terminals has just reopened.
Did they repaint the line?
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
So SFO-AKL-BNE. All in 1 ticket/PNR?
If all 1 ticket/PNR
  • you stay airside
  • will be transit security. At airports in NZ (and AU) international arrivals and departures are physically separate
  • if sold as 1 ticket the airlines have established 2:00hrs is OK
Check the NZ govt requirements for transit. But they may change between now and Oct.
-->https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...sit-passengers

UA also fly to SYD & MEL, and are starting a SFO-BNE service in Oct 2023
--->United Announces SFO-Brisbane (BNE), Australia
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Did they repaint the line?
I haven't walked it yet since reopening but understand route is slightly changed and more of the walkway is covered.

It was closed for construction in one of the carparks that it used to pass through.
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One hour?

Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
So SFO-AKL-BNE. All in 1 ticket/PNR?
If all 1 ticket/PNR
  • you stay airside
  • will be transit security. At airports in NZ (and AU) international arrivals and departures are physically separate
  • if sold as 1 ticket the airlines have established 2:00hrs is OK
Check the NZ govt requirements for transit. But they may change between now and Oct.
-->https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...sit-passengers

UA also fly to SYD & MEL, and are starting a SFO-BNE service in Oct 2023
--->United Announces SFO-Brisbane (BNE), Australia
Now United says 1 hour 10 min connecting time ? All one PNR. I s it safe? And, I realize times will probably change before October
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
So SFO-AKL-BNE. All in 1 ticket/PNR?
If all 1 ticket/PNR
  • you stay airside
  • will be transit security. At airports in NZ (and AU) international arrivals and departures are physically separate
  • if sold as 1 ticket the airlines have established 2:00hrs is OK
Check the NZ govt requirements for transit. But they may change between now and Oct.
-->https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-...sit-passengers

UA also fly to SYD & MEL, and are starting a SFO-BNE service in Oct 2023
--->United Announces SFO-Brisbane (BNE), Australia
Now United says 1 hour 10 min connecting time ? All one PNR. Is it safe? And, I realize times will probably change before October
The airline have a determined MCT (minimum connection time). Which can be less than SCT (sensible connection time). Compared to large USA airports AKL is small.
Is for the airlines to sort out later. As 1 ticket/PNR is not your problem:- the airlines problem.
As you noted schedules for UA & NZ may change in the coming months. Daylight savings start in NZ 25 Sept.
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