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Auckland Airport is often triumphant at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. It provides access to some of the North Island's top tourist attractions. The domestic terminal connects to the international terminal via a walkway. It should take you around 15 minutes to walk. Passengers can take one of the frequent shuttle buses.
It should take you just under 30 minutes to get to central Auckland from the airport. The fastest route from the airport to the city is the South Western Motorway, which meets the SH16 Northwestern Motorway.
In New Zealand, drivers must keep to the left side of the road. Roads may be challenging if you are heading to locations outside of here.. There are three toll roads in the North Island, including the Northern Gateway Toll Road, Tauranga Eastern Link and the Takitimu Drive Toll Road. For more driving tips, click
There are plenty of attractions to explore in your car rental around the airport, before or after your flight. Here are some of them.
Formula E Indoor Raceway
Indoor karting has arrived in Auckland! This is your chance to try out the latest drive craze in Australasia. They feature state-of-the-art and Italian-designed race karts; and you can even join their racing competitions. Formula E also boasts of their V8 simulator, which will give you that real life V8 driving experience. This is the perfect place to hold your birthday parties or corporate events because they also cater to groups of at least 15.
Home to over 700 free-flying exotic butterflies, tropical fishes, birds, lizards, monkeys, giant salt water crocodiles, wetas (one of the world's largest insects), and so much more! Come here for a great family day out with things to do for both children and parents. There's a farmyard full of animals, playground, mini train and a lovely cafe, which you can visit without paying admission to the main park.
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Sixty-four hectares of over 10,000 plants from around the world, displayed in themed collections such as the children's garden and African garden. Over summer there are sculptures on display and live music events. It's worth a visit just for the cafe, and is dog-friendly.
Treasure Island Adventure Mini Golf
An awesome unique mini-putt golf course that's beautifully landscaped to a pirate theme. With pirate ships, cascading waterfalls, haunted treasure caves and shark-infested waters, you will feel like you've been taken to another pirate dimension. Great place for couples and families!
Mangere Bridge Village, a local secret
There is a corner of Auckland very near the airport, which is one of the city's best kept secrets. Mangere Bridge is a quaint seaside village with excellent cafes. At the end of the village, you have access to walkways and cycle paths that skirt the Manukau Harbour. You can follow these paths all the way to Ambury Farm Park, a working farm and regional park. Ambury is a significant habitat for shore birds, and along its coastal boundary you can find good examples of basalt lava flows.
Mangere Bridge is watched over by Mangere Mountain, just one of those 48 volcanoes that dot Auckland. Nearby is the Otuataua Stonefields historic reserve. This archaeological site preserves the evidence of the way of life of pre-colonial Maori, and early settlers. The site is waahi tapu, (sacred) but visitors are invited to explore the fields by following marked walkways.
Once you are outside the airport environs, there are plenty of sights to see as you head into the city. Just ten minutes away, over the Mangere Bridge is the town of Onehunga, full of cafes and home to the Dressmart Outlet Mall. From there, it's a short drive to Auckland's iconic One Tree Hill. Wind your way up the mountain for spectacular views of Auckland, including both harbours, the famous bridge, and the Sky Tower. This will really help you to get your bearings. Head over the Harbour Bridge to explore the North Shore, or start a road trip to the Bay of Islands.
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