Arena Hotel Auckland

131 Beach Road, (formerly Auckland City Hotel Beach Road), Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
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Depart from Auckland airport

by tracyskf

Hi, its me again.
For my return flight, I am arriving at Auckland airport from Christchurch, due to arrive 18:50. My next flight out is 01:10 (international flight).

Any advise should I just hand around the airport or is there anything that I can see / do without the risk of missing my flight?


Re: Depart from Auckland airport

by Kakapo2

The problem with Auckland Airport is that it is so far from the city centre, and the area in the vicinity of the airport is not worth visiting.

You can get to the city centre on the Airbus - but the single trip takes 40 minutes. Getting rid of your luggage is straight forward, just go to the International Terminal. In total this should not take you longer than 30 minutes from arrival.

As the bus leaves every 30 min only at this time of the day you would arrive in the city centre at about 8.30pm. You have to be back at the airport about 2.5 hours before departure, so at about 10.30pm. This would leave you about 1 hour in the city.

The only option I see would be to take a taxi, go to the Skytower, have dinner up there and (in good weather conditions) enjoy the the views of illuminated Auckland, or have dinner at Viaduct Harbour, and then take a taxi straight back to the airport.

There surely are some attractions closer to the airport, like One Tree Hill or Mt. Eden - but as it will be dark you would not see a lot.

A regular taxi ride would cost you NZ$ 60 to 70 (single trip). I can give you the number of a discount taxi operator who would charge you NZ$ 35 for this trip.

Re: Depart from Auckland airport

by kennyboi

I am wondering which airline you fly out on? International airline's checkout usually open 3 hours prior to departure. So they may not open to take your luggage until around 10pm.

When you sorted out your luggage, it will be around 7.30pm at best. Bus trip takes you 2 hours return trip including wait time and you need to be back at the airport no later than 11pm. That's only 1.5 hours you get in the city traveling by bus. If you take a taxi, it may get you upto 3 hours there. But I don't think there are much to see in auckland by night other than the night harbour view and surround.

Re: Depart from Auckland airport

by tracyskf

That would be SIA (Singapore Airlines).

I think probably I will just hang around the airport then. Is there much to see / do in the airport itself?

Re: Depart from Auckland airport

by kennyboi

There are usual shops and food places you would expect in the International airport. There's also an enclosed lookout/small display museum at the top level to look at planes and info about aviation/airport in Auckland.

When I was there, I got in from 1am to wait for a 5.50am international flight out and basically everything was closed at that time. Can't advise much as to what kind of shops there are in the airport.

Travel Tips for Auckland

Sailing on an America's Cup Yacht - NZL 40

by BeverlyTyler


NZL 40 was on the port tack heading for the lighthouse at the entrance to the Hauraki Gulf and the starboard rail was buried with water coming in over the side and flowing out the stern. Everyone on board was having a wonderful time and was urging the captain (Pictured at left in red) to go off the wind more and add more speed which would have brought more water on board. I signed up to sail on NZL 40 in the afternoon and we almost didn't go because of strong winds. There is a paid crew of 5 and this day fourteen of us who signed for a sail into Auckland Harbor and the Hauarki Gulf. Most were from New Zealand but a few like myself from other countries. The wind continued to blow at about 25 to 30 knots and we had a marvelous sail.

I had an opportunity to take the helm and this 70 foot sloop is unbelievably steady in spite of a 4-6 foot sea running. Into the wind NZL 40 wants to come up into the wind if you give it a chance, so you have to work to keep it off the wind, a wonderful characteristic in 30 knots of wind. These yachts are so impressive that other boats in the area are constantly waving and taking pictures as we fly by.

Bird Watching in the Firth of Thames

by Dodo22

If you are into Bird Watching I would suggest that you travel along the Firth of Thames - there is a road that runs from Clevedon down through Kaiaua with options to head off East to Thames or back onto the Main State Highway 2. There is a Bird Watching Centre based in Miranda and if you need a place to stay you should visit Miranda Holiday Park.

They can be found about an hours drive south east of Auckland via State Highway 1. 2 and 25 or via the Pacific Coast Highway and Seabird Coast to the Coromandel Peninsula.

There are powered tent sites, chalets, a family unit as well as a bunk house and tent sites. All this is contained within lovely landscaped grounds.

The birdlife below were actually living in the Holiday park, but the "real" birdlife is out on the beaches and swamp.

Unusual items...

by Kate-Me about Penny Farthing Cycles

One thing I enjoyed about Auckland, was getting out of the centre of the city a bit (where all the shops seemed pretty standard, for any city) and finding a few more unusual shops - like one selling Penny Farthing cycles, for one thing!
I also liked the NZ architecture on many of their corner buildings, including this one.

Ace Rental Cars

by kiwi

ACE Rental Cars
39-43 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland
Office Hours - 8am to 5 pm. 7 Days
Free (NZ) 0800 50 22 77
Manu Tapu Drive, Auckland Airport
Free (NZ) 0800 00 43 00
Office Hours - 7 am to 5 pm. 7 Days

I have had friends use this company and were happy. Cars were not high grade, but the price was very good, and the cars were adequate.

Dine on the deck and watch the waves...

by worldkiwi about Long Bay Restaurant (LBR on the Beach)

The Long Bay Restaurant is in Long Bay on Auckland's North Shore. It is actually in the Long Bay Regional Park and is right on the beach. There is a wonderful deck on which you can have a table and dine with the a Pacific panorama in front of you. I dined there on a balmy early autumn night in March 2004. The food is delicious. I had the fish dish of the day - Hapuka Steak... melt in your mouth delicacy! For desert I had a huge piece of apple cake with cream cheese filling.... yum!


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