Building the gateway Auckland needs

Auckland Airport is the gateway to Auckland and New Zealand. We welcome travellers beginning their journeys, farewell Kiwis to new destinations and connect businesses and workers to new opportunities. Since our opening in 1966 Auckland Airport has grown to become one of the largest international airports in Australasia. We’re now well underway with a once in a generation infrastructure project, building a resilient, fit-for-purpose airport that meets the needs of customers well into the future and supports New Zealand’s economy to thrive.

Over the coming months and years, you’ll see a lot happening around the airport and we’re committed to making sure airport operations continue to run as smoothly as possible.

It’s important to us that you always feel well informed about what we’re building and why, and so you’re prepared for any changes before you come to the airport.

You’ll find everything you need to know right here. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

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Our master plan

Building the gateway New Zealand needs: Multi-billion-dollar investment in future of travel at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is underway with its biggest redevelopment since the airport opened in 1966 with a brand-new domestic terminal to be fully integrated into the international terminal.
“This is a major investment for Auckland Airport, one which we have been working towards for many years,” said Patrick Strange, Auckland Airport’s Chair.

“The domestic terminal is almost 60 years old and needs replacing. It’s nearing capacity and it’s no longer fit for purpose and hasn’t been for some time. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we would already be well underway with its replacement.”

Main projects

Auckland Airport’s biggest airfield expansion since opening

The airfield expansion is set to open in late 2025, spanning over 23 rugby fields in size. It is the largest airfield expansion in our airport’s history, and a critical enabler, creating a new area for aircraft parking with a large part of the airfield about to become a construction site for development of the newly integrated terminal. The project adds extra taxiways and six remote stands for aircraft that layover for several hours before departing again, five of these stands will have in-ground jet fuel reticulation. In time it will connect to a planned cargo precinct and, further into the future, if needed, a second runway.
3+ km of stormwater pipes are going in the ground under the new airfield to capture stormwater flows from more than 100 hectares of land north of the international terminal, directing it away and into an innovative new treatment system. Learn more here >>

Learn more about the airfield expansion >>

A brand-new domestic terminal to be fully integrated into the international terminal - replacing the ageing domestic terminal

Set to open between 2028 and 2029, the new integrated terminal will house domestic and international travel under the same roof for the first time since 1977, via an expansion at the eastern end of the existing international terminal building.

  • The integrated terminal will serve the larger and more efficient domestic jet aircraft flying to and from Auckland to New Zealand’s other main centres, alongside international operations.
  • When it opens it will cut domestic jet to international transfer times down to a five-minute indoor walk.
  • Smart baggage systems will save time and reduce stress at either end of a flight, alongside faster links to transport options.
  • More gates and other facilities to help airlines smooth and speed-up turn-around times.

Learn more about our combined terminal >>

What it means for you and your journey

While we’re making these changes, Auckland Airport may look different each time you arrive. We always want you to feel safe, informed and prepared so bookmark this page for future visits and please remember to plan ahead and allow extra time.

Preparing for your trip

International departure information: Learn more
International arrival information: Learn more


Flight information

Be sure to check flight times.

Parking

Book your parking well in advance of travelling.

Other transport options

Many transport options are available for getting to and from Auckland Airport. Learn more

Arriving at Auckland Airport

While we are making changes, Auckland Airport may look different each time you arrive. Check out our arriving at Auckland Airport video or our airport maps.


Accessibility

Accessibility needs: Learn more

Travelling between terminals

While we’re making these changes, Auckland Airport may look different each time you arrive. We always want you to feel safe, informed and prepared so bookmark this page for future visits and please remember to plan ahead and allow extra time. Learn more.

Transfer

Free inter terminal transfer bus

Free inter terminal transfer bus

A free terminal transfer bus service operates every 15 minutes (5am – 11pm daily) between the international and domestic terminals.

Walk between terminals on our ‘Green line’

Stretch your legs and get some fresh air by following the green line on the footpath of our inter-terminal walkway, it takes around 10 minutes.

Progress updates

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New Road Te Ara Kōrako kick-starts wider roading upgrades

The final piece of the Northern Network project is complete with new precinct road Te Ara Kōrako.
Te Ara Kōrako connects George Bolt Memorial Drive with Nixon Road, opening an alternative route for precinct traffic and diverting some of the traffic volume away from the main intersection at Tom Pearce Drive.
As well the completion of Te Ara Kōrako, there’s also wider roading upgrades along Laurence Stevens Drive.
The first stage of the Laurence Stevens Drive work is set to be completed by late December 2023, and provides a new terminal-bound T3 lane from Hape Drive to Geoffrey Roberts Road. Stage two starts in mid-January, and involves replacing the roundabout at the Puhinui Road, Tom Pearce Drive and Hape Drive intersection with a signalised intersection, adding an additional lane on Tom Pearce Drive, between the new signalised intersection and Jimmy Ward Crescent, as well as adding a second terminal-bound lane between Hape Drive and Pūkaki Bridge.


Progress at Western Truck Dock

Auckland Airport’s integrated terminal enabling projects (six work packages in total) are in different phases of construction, and on our Western Truck Dock site we’re seeing noticeable changes to the footprint and progress in the area.

Located to the west of the International Terminal Building, the under-construction workspace will be the new home for truck deliveries of all goods and services, food and beverages, as well as duty free products into the international terminal.

When it’s completed in the second quarter of 2025, it replaces the current truck dock at the eastern end of the terminal behind check-in to allow for the completion of the baggage handling system as part of the programme of work to build the new domestic terminal.

Safety in numbers and hours

There’s a lot of mahi taking place all over the precinct, and crucial to these works is the safety of Auckland Airport’s people and customers.

It’s imperative Auckland Airport is operating in a safe work environment, and recently best-practice safety was highlighted on the Common Services Trench (CST) project.

The project involves the excavation and installation of a common services trench for utilities such as electrical cables, water pipes, gas pipes and communication cables to support our terminal operations and future development plans.

Fulton Hogan, the contractor for the project, recently notched up 40,000 hours without any serious incidents. This demonstrates the team’s commitment to running a safe workspace in a complex and fast-moving environment.


Creating the canopies for the new Transport Hub

The Transport Hub build continues to charge ahead, and one of the improvements is the container walkway being upgraded with a new permanent canopy later this year, shortly followed by refreshed landscaping around the Novotel Hotel to provide a significant uplift in the experience for customers in this landside plaza area.

Steel beams for the permanent canopy have been installed in the ground in preparation for the final canopy. These walkways will provide a much-improved entry and exit for travellers and visitors walking to and from the International Terminal Building.

We’re tracking towards the ground floor of the Transport Hub opening in the first quarter of 2024.