Business Traveller’s Guide to New Zealand: Auckland

Auckland is the largest and most populous city in the Northern Island of New Zealand. The metropolitan area consists of four cities, Manukau, Waitakere, North Shore and Auckland City and one third of the nation resides here. While Wellington may be the country’s capital, Auckland is the economic capital of New Zealand. There may be a variety of industries that have a main office here but the thriving sectors of the recent years are Food and Beverage and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Because of its geographic location, excellent infrastructure and many Free-Trade agreements with the Asia-Pacific region, Auckland is a viable place for businesses to call home and the some that do are dairy giants Fonterra, appliance manufacturers Fisher & Paykel, Vodafone New Zealand, a subsidiary of the British Telecommunications company and Bank of New Zealand.


Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand with about 15 million annual visitors as of end 2014. It’s the forth busiest airport in Australasia after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports. The airport caters to both International and Domestic air traffic. The airport has been recognized as the 12th best in the world at the 2013 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Located 21 kilometres south from Auckland City centre, the Airport is the domestic and international hub for Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and a minor hub for Jetstar Airways. 

There are three lounges in the International terminal of the airport, Air New Zealand lounge and Qantas Lounge and Emperor Lounge – a premium lounge with business facilities for passengers without airline lounge access at the Departure gates. One can pay for access to Emperor Lounge which gives them a complimentary range of refreshments, freshly prepared dishes, shower facilities and complimentary WiFi.

Auckland Airport is accessible from Auckland City CBD via these channels of transportation…


By Taxis and Shuttles

The taxis and shuttle ranks are located outside arrivals bay (door 8) at the International Terminal and outside Jetstar forecourt at the Domestic Terminal. Fares would go between NZ$75-NZ$90 for one-way journey into the city. Shuttles will cost NZ$33 per person and NZ$8 for each extra person in the same group. 

By Shuttle Bus

Airbus Express which has a 10-minute departure interval is a fuss-free way to get into the city. The ride is approximately 40-50 minutes depending on traffic situation. You can purchase one way ticket at NZ$16 from the Airbus Express Kiosk or online ( 

By Self-Drive

For those familiar with the city and would rather drive, both Hertz and Avis have counters at the ground floor of the International Arrivals Hall. Daily rentals start from NZ$130* subjected to the type of vehicle.

It is interesting to note that Auckland has a low usage of public transport with its resident only making 41 trips on public commute annually. This is a very car-driving society. 

If you have queries on the most suitable mode of transport for you from Auckland Airport, do not hesitate to ask any of our travel consultants for their recommendation.


The Destination 

Auckland CBD, goes by a few names to the locals, ‘Downtown’, ‘Central City’ as well as ‘City Centre’ stretches from Auckland waterfront, south towards Queen Street and is highly accessible by many main motorways within the country. The CBD of the city is twice the size of the capital Wellington’s, and Christchurch’s CBD.

At the foot of Queen Street, the Britomart Transport Centre – the public transport hub consisting of a bus interchange and a railway station. Buses are the most widely used mode and are run by a variety of operators servicing the Auckland urban area. Auckland is one of the cities in the country which has a public rail system. There are three main lines, Western, Southern, Eastern and two minor lines, Onehunga and Manukau. As of 2011, there has been a revived tram service for tourists at the Wynyard Quarter.

The main street of the CBD is Queen Street, where a mixture of office and retail spaces line up. Secondary roads link from Queen Street and the CBD’s land area is just a 4.33km2, similar to that of Sydney’s CBD. A main attraction within this area is Aotea Square, where the arts and culture call home in Auckland. St James Theatre, Auckland Art Gallery and the Auckland Civic Theatre all stand here. Aotea Square is also where most of the important civic buildings are built on, like the Auckland Town Hall and the Council Administrative Block.


Hotels – Rydges Auckland

Rydges Auckland is 267-room property located on Hobson Street, overlooking the new Hobson Tower in the CBD. Just a short walk to the waterfront is the Viaduct Harbour, where there are plenty of restaurants and bars with abundant shopping in the hotel’s vicinity. This makes Rydges a great accommodation choice for the business traveller. For the up-and-coming trends, visit High Street, or the Chancery, where many home-grown labels sell their quality products.

There are currently 5 options of hotels in Auckland that are on FCm’s SmartSTAY program. With SmartSTAY, you can expect to receive complimentary WiFi Internet access, complimentary late check-out until 12 noon*, complimentary room upgrades* and a 20% discount off hotel food and beverage*. To read more details about this hotel, click here.

When booking through FCm’s SmartSTAY, you get to enjoy 3 extra added benefits that non-SmartSTAY guest do not have access to.

For more information regarding SmartSTAY participating hotels in your destination city, visit this page, or you may contact our Travel Experts directly. Benefits included in the stay vary across different lodgings. 

*Upgrades subjected on room availaiblity upon arrival.