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Productive use of layover in Auckland International Airport

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Productive use of layover in Auckland International Airport

Arriving on a flight from Dunedin we will have a 7hr 35 minute layover in Auckland International ( from 11:40 AM to 7:15 PM) as we wait for our international flight home. We will have spent time in Auckland at the beginning of our trip, expecting to have visited the Auckland Museum and One Tree Hill. With that amount of time is it worth it to return to the city to do something else? Or will traffic, the rush hour return to the airport etc make it too chancy to leave the premises? Are we even permitted to check in our luggage that early and leave the airport? Is there anything closer to the airport of interest? We enjoy anything historic or cultural. A great birding spot or some wineries would also fit the bill. Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Productive use of layover in Auckland International Airport

Hi Stonewell,

One suggestion is to exit the domestic terminal and grab a taxi to take you to Villa Maria Winery located in the same area as the airport - but a little too far to walk to get there. The winery serves lunch, as well as cellar door sales. Nice rural area of south Auckland, and a pleasant spot to wile away some time. You could potentially have a short tour of the area including Mangere mountain, ahead of reaching the winery.

Need to be checked in approx. 2 hours ahead of departing flight. If you are continuing on with the same airline, you could have your luggage checked in at Dunedin to your final destination.

If you don't wish to go beyond the airport perimeter, nearby domestic terminal is an attraction called Butterfly Creek.

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2. Re: Productive use of layover in Auckland International Airport

I second visiting the Villa Maria Winery. It is a little haven and you'll never think you are so close to the airport! You could get a taxi there cheaply and I'm sure there must be a way to leave your luggage at the airport.

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3. Re: Productive use of layover in Auckland International Airport

Thank you. I believe the luggage will be checked in all the way home at Dunedin so that makes things easier. I have looked up both attractions you mentioned and Villa Maria looks like a great choice for us ( 2 adults).

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