Top Five Tips For Auckland Airport

1. SHOP: THE LOOP DUTY FREE

Duty free is two delicious words you hear when you're headed away internationally. It's an exciting shopping haven, regardless of whether you need to top up your gin cupboard, restock your BB cream or grab another bottle of Chanel No.5. The Loop Duty Free, located in Auckland's International Airport is your first pick when it comes to shopping tax-free. It is the newest duty free experience to arrive in New Zealand and boasts 350 brands across 10 different product categories. Friendly staff are eager to help and guide you through the many options you have, and trust us, there are plenty of options. With extensive knowledge surrounding their liquor, the staff helped us to settle on a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne, despite being almost tempting into grabbing our classic go-to, Veuve Cliquot. Trained professionals will help you discover new make-up and skincare brands you never knew of, which can be quite dangerous if you find yourself a loyal skin regime advocate. Like me, I am now a self-confessed La Mer obsessor. However, if alcohol, fragrance or skin care doesn't tickle your fancy, then just make off with a bar or two of Toblerone. 

2. RELAX: EMPEROR LOUNGE

Gone are the days where you couldn't get into an airline lounge as an economy passenger, so you spent your transit or pre-departure wait on that cold, hard airport bench. Say hello to The Emperor Lounge, Auckland Airport. This cosy abode will host you, taking care of all your needs whilst waiting for your flight. No matter what airline or class you are flying, you can enjoy and relax comfortable before departure. Including complimentary wifi and workstation and a range of food options including a bar and other refreshments - waiting for your flight doesn't have to be tedious. If you know the term busy, then you've more than likely rushed straight from the office to check-in. get on your flight feeling fresh and ready with The Emperor Lounge's shower facilities and complimentary refreshment packs. Travel in style, before you've even boarded with a spot at Auckland International's Emperor Lounge. 

3. HYDRATE: 1ABOVE THE FLIGHT DRINK

Dehydration is one of the lead factors that accelerates jetlag. Whether you're flying four hours across the Indo-Australian plate to Rarotonga or 24 hours to Paris, taking care of your body on board is important. 1Above The Flight Drink combines six essential electrolytes alongside six key B vitamins and Pycnogenol to help you hydrate quickly and reduce the severity of jet lag symptoms by up to 53 percent. Asides from being security compliant, which for anyone who has travelled internationally, knows is a big deal; it also supports circulation so you can say goodbye to those swollen legs. Stepping off a twelve-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur, we expected to feel rather sluggish, if not totally zonked by the long haul flight, especially a five days after launching RefinedBy. We were surprised to be feeling fresh, revitalised and ready to explore the wonders of the city with an hour and half of landing. 1Above is great for short-haul flying too. Although a four flight, passing over the tectonic plate to Rarotonga can leave you feeling quite out of sorts. However, when you're replenishing with 1Above, you can hit the beach within minutes fo landing. 

4. REPLENISH: HAYAMA SUSHI

The Hayama Sushi Bar offers authentic Japanese cuisine from 4:30am until 12:30am, 7 days a week. From nigiri, udon, donburi to ramen and sushi - there's something to try for all Japanese cuisine lovers. You can eat in or take away - either way, it beats plane food and kills time while waiting to board. The best part is Sushi bar Hayama accepts debit cards as well as all major credit cards, meaning you can eat easily with no money hassles. As well as being located at the domestic airport, you can get your sushi before security and after sushi at the international terminal, whatever you prefer. Dig in!

5. PARK: VALET PARKING

Auckland International Airport is located 20km south of the central city, nestled in the suburb of Mangere. Although there are plenty of transport options such as Sky Bus and shuttle services, being able to arrive at the airport in the comfort of your own car is far more pleasant, especially when you can park right outside the front door. With valet parking, not only are you avoiding the hassle of looking for a park, you're receiving premium treatment that leaves you right outside departures. Plus, who wants to carry their luggage half way across the airport before they have even checked-in. Valet Parking makes your journey easy. It's perfect for travellers who need or appreciate closer more convenient parking, or who want to upgrade their airport experience. There are plenty of car grooming options to choose from, meaning you can return to your car looking spick and span. Because, why fly in style, if your transport to the airport is not so stylish? Book here now.

Valet Parking in Four Simple Steps:

1. Park your car right by the terminal entrance

2. Hand your keys to the valet concierge

3. Your car will be parked in a secure covered car park

4. Have your car waiting for you at the terminal on your return

Easy. 

Tessa Stockdale