We are flying to New Zealand in just over 3 weeks and we land in Auckland at 3am on a Saturday. I assume it will take between 1-2 hours to get through customs, baggage, etc so we'll be done by about 5am. We have booked a hotel in Auckland for our 1st and 2nd night but we can't check-in until 3pm.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can do to pass the time? We're not sure whether to head to the hotel on the shuttle straight away and possibly take a look around (although I don't think anything will be open) or if it would be better for us to stay in the airport for an hour or two until things start to open in Auckland. Does anyone know what Auckland airport is like at that time of the morning...will anything be open? We've heard it's best not to sleep as this could prolong the jet lag so I don't really want to book the hotel from the night before we arrive as the temptation to go to bed will be too great!
All of your comments are greatly appreciated :)
Nikki & Tony