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Auckland Airport to Tauranga

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Auckland Airport to Tauranga

We're arrivng at the Auckland Airport at 5:00 a.m. after a 13 hour flight. Our eventual destination is Tauranga. We're tryng to decide if we should stay in Auckland for the night. If so, where? Also, what does one do in Auckland at 5:00 a.m. until a hotel room is ready? Is the airport far from central Auckland? Are there any hotels that woud have an early check in? How long does it take to drive from Auckland to Tauranga? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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1. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

We could also stay someplace on the way to Tauranga. Thanks.

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2. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

Driving after a long flight is never a good idea. The only way you could get to check- in to a hotel at 5 am would be bybbooking it for the night before. A better choice is to go into the city, dump your luggage with reception and go walking or take a ferry to Devonport etc until your room is available.

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3. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

Hi dorav,

You have several choices available:-

1. Book into as hotel in the CBD and take a shuttle or the Airbus Express into the city, drop your bags, go for breakfast, enjoy a stroll, wait until checkin time by doing some sightseeing/browse th shops meantime. The Explorer bus is a useful and affordable service for Auckland sightseeing.

2. Wait around the airport terminal by having breakfast then taking the Manukau bus that goes directly from the international terminal at 0700 to Manukau Westfield shopping centre, then catch an intercity bus from the Manukau terminus at 0805 am. There are scheduled Intercity buses departing from Auckland city (Skytower terminus, with stops at Manukau terminus for southbound routes) - www.intercity.co.nz

A shuttle bus departs Manukau centre at 1:30pm - http://www.callabus.co.nz/timetable.html

This same bus also leaves for Tauranga at 1:00pm outside the Ferry Building in downtown Auckland. So you could also consider taking the Airbus Express into the city after breakfast, taking a ferry ride to Devonport, or return trip to Waiheke Island to see more of the harbour. Following a ferry ride, use the Explorer bus to see city sights before departing by bus to Tauranga.

3. Flying to Tauranga, after arriving into Auckland international is another option. I checked to see what the fares are on Air NZ Link and there are no grabaseat deals on offer the date you fly into NZ. I used your Sth Is itinerary to guage your arrival date into NZ. But if you arent keen to hang around Auckland and want to get to Tauranga soon as possible, flying domestic is a good option - www.airnewzealand.co.nz.

4. I used a couple of online accommodation sites to see what accommodation deals are on offer around the airport. Cheapest is $55 for 2 persons at the Gateway Hotel near airport, includes breakfast for 2 - www.ezibed.com; www.wotif.com.

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4. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

Thanks for the help. We'll actually have a car waiting for us at the airport so we'd be driving to Tauranga.

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5. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

I think it would be fine to drive to Tauranga on the same day, rather than hanging around in Auckland.

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6. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

It's a 3/4 hours drive to tauranga from auckland.. and after such a long flight, unless I was flying business and actually got some sleep I would not drive there!

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7. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

What's it like driving into the CBD? Not too bad at 5:30 a.m.?

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8. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

The drive around dawn is very straightforward. Little traffic on the roads from the airport into the CBD.

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9. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

The traffic isn't bad at 5.30am but allow nearly an hour to get through airport customs & baggage etc as there may be a few other early morning flights arriving at the same time.

If you go straight towards Tauranga you wouldn't even need to go into or near the CBD, as the airport is already in the southern part of Auckland.

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10. Re: Auckland Airport to Tauranga

Better to head south not north upon arrival at AKL. To go to the CBD from the airport (allow 40mins to 1 hr north) is heading in the opposite direction to Tauranga (3hrs south) so you would end up backtracking. But this isn't so bad if you are not in a hurry to get to tauranga. Spend the day and even overnight in auckland - there is plenty to do and see (ferry options to devonport and/or Waiheke are good suggestions above).

But assuming you get a good sleep on the plane, are used to driving on the left and or are in a hurry to get to tauranga i'd just go for it. Get started south before the motorways get too busy (8am).

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