Located 14 miles south of Auckland City Centre, the international airport boasts more than 100 retail outlets, including cafes, restaurants, bars, banks, currency exchange, chapel, children's playground and bathrooms equipped with showers.
Besides taxi cabs, various transfer services take visitors from the airport to nearby accommodation, which ranges from B&Bs to convention centers and luxury golf course hotels. An Airbus city-airport route also operates every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during the evening.
On the airport’s doorstep is Manukau, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, which reflects the vibrant diversity of its 165 ethnic groups. Manukau also boasts a popular theme park, Rainbow’s End, and Butterfly Creek, a tropical butterfly house.
Mangere Mountain is a beautifully preserved example of Auckland's volcanic cones and craters. From the summit, visitors admire the views over Manukau Harbor and the ancient lands of Ihumatao.
Auckland is world-famous for its locally grown produce, seafood and award-winning chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon wines. Many restaurants and hotels near the airport offer Pacific Rim cuisine, fusing Pacific and Asian flavors.