Auckland (AKL) Airport Hotel?

Old Jul 28, 2023, 2:33 am
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Auckland (AKL) Airport Hotel?

I'm thinking of taking QF149 rather than QF147 to AKL. Due to the very late arrival, I'm thinking of spending the night at an airport hotel. I typically stay at Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott hotels. If that's not an option, then guess I won't have a choice but to stay elsewhere. First, is there transit into the city center at that time of the day or it'll have to be a taxi? If not, what's a good-value hotel at or near AKL?
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Old Jul 28, 2023, 11:31 am
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Novotel is most convenient being directly in front of intl terminal. Ibis budget is much cheaper but a 15 minute walk away (shuttle bus doesn't run that late and anyway costs $) or taxi (min fare $25?). There are several other "airport" hotels further away (taxi $35?) but much closer than central city.

I normally just stay in central city if not staying at novotel. At that hour the drive in is quick and most of the airport hotels are very expensive relative to quality.
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Old Jul 28, 2023, 3:26 pm
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Novotel is most convenient being directly in front of intl terminal. Ibis budget is much cheaper but a 15 minute walk away (shuttle bus doesn't run that late and anyway costs $) or taxi (min fare $25?). There are several other "airport" hotels further away (taxi $35?) but much closer than central city.

I normally just stay in central city if not staying at novotel. At that hour the drive in is quick and most of the airport hotels are very expensive relative to quality.
Airport shuttle bus cost money?

So even if I arrive a bit earlier on QF147, taxi is the only realistic option to the city center? Probably NZ$40-$50?
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I usually stay at the Holiday Inn and take the yellow bus from the terminal. Decent fish and chips at bar.
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Old Jul 28, 2023, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by zebranz
I usually stay at the Holiday Inn and take the yellow bus from the terminal. Decent fish and chips at bar.
Yellow bus? Free?
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Old Jul 28, 2023, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by zebranz
I usually stay at the Holiday Inn and take the yellow bus from the terminal. Decent fish and chips at bar.
Originally Posted by lsquare
Yellow bus? Free?
https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/transport
Yellow bus? (has a cost) -->https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/tr...blic-transport
Chances of getting a 12:40 am (00:40) bus are near zero if arriving at 00:20 QF149
Train-Bus ServicesThe AirportLink bus carries passengers between Auckland Airport, Puhinui Station and Manukau Bus Station.
  • At Puhinui Station you can catch a train to anywhere along the Southern Line and Eastern Line
  • The AirportLink operates every 10 minutes from 4.30am to 12.40am, 7 days a week.
  • The AirportLink bus leaves from bus stop B at the domestic terminal and bus stop A at the international terminal. Look out for the orange signage.
For details on train timetables, check the Auckland Transport timetables website.

Learn more about the AirportLink service.
Download the new route map of the AirportLink, 36 and 38 bus services here.
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https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/in...n/airport-maps
Another map with a yellow bus to Ibis hotel
https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/airport-parking
https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/-/...rview-map.ashx

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https://www.yellowbus.co.nz/

Found the yellow bus on HI AKL web site. Not listed on AKL airport web site
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotel...ap/hoteldetail
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotel...ail/directions

Airport Shuttle
The Yellow Bus runs on a continuous 24/7 circuit approximately every 40-50 minutes. Ticket machines are located at Auckland Airport bus stops at the international and domestic terminals and in the Hotel’s Lobby. The fare is $8.00 one way. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding the bus. Children 12 and under ride The Yellow Bus for free.
Another link from IHG web site (different)
Local Shuttle
The Yellow Bus
The Yellow Bus is a hotel airport transfer service which operates 7 days a week between 2:20am to 12:18pm and 12:05pm to 2:07am. This service calls on our hotel approximately every 40-50 minutes. The fare is $8.00 one way.
Cost: 8 NZD
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Old Jul 29, 2023, 1:11 am
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Originally Posted by lsquare
Airport shuttle bus cost money?

So even if I arrive a bit earlier on QF147, taxi is the only realistic option to the city center? Probably NZ$40-$50?
A guide only. Can vary
Pickup 23:30 31/08/2023
AKL to Crown Plaza Albert St (~city centre)
NZ$86.50
https://www.cooptaxi.co.nz/

Are others (not a recommendation)
https://www.cheapcabs.co.nz/
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Old Jul 29, 2023, 1:14 am
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pickup 23:30 31/08/2023
akl to crown plaza albert st (~city centre)
nz$86.50
https://www.cooptaxi.co.nz/

a guide only. Can vary
https://www.cheapcabs.co.nz/
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Old Jul 29, 2023, 1:20 am
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Do the same on a week day at 16:30 will be more $$$
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Originally Posted by lsquare
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It was cheaper to rent a van and drive myself from/to AKL than take taxis last week. This is of course assuming that your hotel gives you free parking (which I somehow received through Expedia).
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Old Jul 31, 2023, 4:49 pm
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Novatel is fine. Ibis AKL Airpport is pretty terrible by most metrics. Naumi (across the road from the Holiday Inn) is nice, if you like Very Modern & Trying Too Hard. Holiday Inn is somewhat dated, but very consistent.
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Old Aug 17, 2023, 6:30 pm
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We usually stay at https://www.grandchancellorhotels.co...-auckland-city when we go to Auckland, even when we need to get the airport. We're creatures of habit, sure, but we've never had a good experience at any of the airport hotels, so we stick to what we know! Here, we know we can get a decent breakfast and catch a bus/uber to the airport easily.
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has anybody tried Pullman that just opened in Dec 23 (recently)? Price differential to Novotel is mere 50-70 NZD/night (390 vs 330 sort of thing for random dates) and well within terminal precinct unlike Ibis. I'm after a room with bathtub, Novotel tells me "you can request" (seems like some room have and some don't) but Pullman website suggest only the suite have bathtubs.
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Old Dec 26, 2023, 5:25 pm
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has anybody tried Pullman that just opened in Dec 23 (recently)? Price differential to Novotel is mere 50-70 NZD/night (390 vs 330 sort of thing for random dates) and well within terminal precinct unlike Ibis. I'm after a room with bathtub, Novotel tells me "you can request" (seems like some room have and some don't) but Pullman website suggest only the suite have bathtubs.
Look here --> Pullman Auckland Airport (opened Dec-23)
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Old Jan 2, 2024, 3:30 am
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For one night I would (and have, and will do again!) stay at the Novotel (or the new Pullman) as they are both SUPER convenient to the airport, so it takes all the hassle out of additional travel. Auckland Airport to downtown can be a real pain with traffic.
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