For the size of the country, Auckland has a relatively busy airport – with about 20 million visitors a year visiting or transiting through its terminals.
The Air New Zealand International Lounge Auckland is the flagship lounge for Air NZ at this airport.
Here is out review of Air New Zealand’s flagship lounge at Auckland International Airport.
Air New Zealand International Lounge Auckland Location
This lounge is fairly easy to find.
After you go through security and immigration, and then navigate your way through the myriad duty free shops (boy, is this a big Duty Free area!) just look left.
Then, hop on the escalator and you’re there!
Accessing the Air New Zealand International Lounge
The Air New Zealand International lounge is available to the following travelers:
- Airpoints Elite, Gold, Elite Partner
- Koru members
- Star Alliance Gold International travelers
- Business Class passengers departing on Air New Zealand flights
This lounge is not a member of the Priority Pass network.
When we fly, we always take our Priority Pass to get into over 1,200 lounges at airports around the world (and get discounts at several restaurants!) If you travel, consider getting a Priority Pass Membership and stop paying for drinks and food at the airport!
Showers are available. All you need to do is ask at the front desk and they’ll put you on a list (if it’s busy) to use the shower.
I used the Wifi here and it is quite fast. You do need a password. And you can just ask at the front desk.
The Air New Zealand International Lounge Auckland does have a business area that is quite nice. And if you need a laptop, you can even borrow one. Which I find a bit weird – just saying.
Who travels without a laptop these days?
And what kind of business person who needs a laptop travels without one?
This is a rather large lounge, which I found surprising, as I was one of the only people there. I visited in the early evening – and even though it was on a Tuesday, I expected it to be far busier.
It wasn’t, and that was fine with me!
The reception area was very modern and welcoming, and the staff was friendly. I presented my boarding pass (Star Alliance Gold) and was in the lounge in under 20 seconds.
Seating here is quite plentiful. Even though I didn’t count, I’ve read elsewhere that this Air New Zealand lounge incorporates more than 20 different seating styles, so there is more than enough variety for every type of traveler.
If your preference is more traditional and swinging ain’t your thing, they have you covered as well.
The lounge also includes a business area with several desks that give you a modicum of privacy.
Food and Drink
This is where I thought Air New Zealand did a fantastic job – both here and in the domestic lounges I visited here in Auckland and in Queenstown. The food was excellent.
It wasn’t gourmet or anything, but compared to many regular airline lounges, I thought the food was a step up.
Maybe I just got lucky because it wasn’t busy here. But everything was so good and fresh.
That said, I didn’t eat a lot.
I normally don’t drink wine in lounges, but I had to try the Pinot Gris, which was, well, excellent. And I didn’t expect it to be, so I didn’t get the name of it. Arghhhh.
The lounge has a good selection of beer and wine, as well as a good coffee machine that delivers a decent brew. New Zealand is known for the quality of their coffee – specifically flat whites (Invented in Australia, perfected in New Zealand.)
I won’t say this was coffee shop quality, but it was pretty good!
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Air New Zealand International Lounge Auckland Hours
The lounge is open from 4:30 AM until the last departure for the day.
More on Airport Lounges and Business Class Lounges
We have several memberships and airline statuses that allow us to access airport lounges all around the world. If you want to learn more about airport lounges, start with our post, Is Airport Lounge Access Worth The Cost of a Priority Pass or Credit Card?
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Michael is originally from Canada but now resides in Atlanta, GA with his husband, Halef, who also writes here. He is a Couchsurfing expert. Michael has traveled to over 50 countries learning how to experience more for less as he travels.