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Flying into Beautiful Auckland

Trying to decide whether or not to explore Auckland for its natural elements, or head out into the Middle Earth that New Zealand is famous for in the 21st century? Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland is between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, perfect for coastal enthusiasts. And while many visitors coming in may be there to visit Hobbiton, sports enthusiasts and yachters will plan a trip to get wet and play in the sea, and the hikers of the world will fly in to explore the surrounding volcanic areas.
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More About Flights to Auckland

Here are the most common questions travelers of all kinds ask about Auckland.

What Are The Airports in Auckland?

There is only one international airport in Auckland, the eponymous Auckland International Airport. It has regularly been voted one of the best airports in the world on multiple occasions, and handles 10 to 20 million visitors every year. In 2013, it was named the 12th overall in the world at the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards. American Airlines, Qantas Airways, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic all offer international flights to Auckland International.

There is also a smaller airport where private aircraft can land: the Ardmore Airport. It is reserved for domestic charter flights and general aviation, as well as fueling, maintenance and storage for local aviation.

Is There a Best Time of Year To Fly?

For those coming to New Zealand for a vacation, April or October are the “sweet spot” months. The tourist crowds are less, and the temperatures are mild.

Peak season is November through March, which is when the summer weather warms the countryside and beaches. May through September sees the weather cooling off and tourism slowing down, so if you prefer fewer people or sweater weather, this is when you'll want to visit.

Bear in mind that the seasons are reversed in New Zealand compared to North America and Europe, so don’t book your flights to Auckland until you check the dates.

Something else to remember is that if you visit Auckland in April, the waters may be a bit chilly for swimming. June and July are often the wettest months of the year, as well as the coldest, so avoid booking flights to Auckland during these months unless you plan on spending the bulk of your time indoors. Perfect for a romantic getaway, but not so much if you are an outdoor enthusiast.

What Are My Transport Options?

The Auckland International Airport is located 25km outside of downtown. The normal array of buses, trains, shuttle vans, and taxis are all available. Taxis can be hailed anywhere at the Auckland airport but fares can range as high as $100 to the city. If you choose to rent a car after your flight to Auckland arrives, remember that they drive on the left side of the road, not the right.

What Can I Do While In Auckland?

Water sports are a major tourism draw for the city. It is also one of the world’s most famous yachting locations, and has more boats per person than any other city in the world, so it doesn’t matter if you are coming in to pick up your boat from dry-dock or just check out the full array of those owned by others, you’ll see plenty of nautical eye candy.

The city also boasts over 300 miles of hiking trails and 22 regional parks, which makes this a prime destination for hikers booking flights to Auckland. Or, if you are the more adventurous sort and want to get off the mainland, there are over 50 islands to explore.

Are There Any Additional Tips For Travel?

Before you book your trip, remember that New Zealand has some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world with regards to undeclared food, customs, and biohazards. Wood and bamboo cane in particular will warrant hefty fines upon arrival. Honey is absolutely forbidden.

Also make sure you finish your sandwich, snacks, or fruit before your flight arrives, or leave them on the plane. When in doubt, ask for clarification before you pass through customs on your way to baggage claim.

Free internet is provided at the airport, but only up to 30 minutes. If you are just in town for a layover and don’t have time to head into the city proper, there is a miniature golf course around one km from the terminal, as well as a small retail park around 20 minutes on foot. You can also get downtown and back within five hours if you have the time.

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