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| Oh how I despise Auckland Airport. What's the worst thing about living in Auckland. Some would say traffic, some would say rain but those that travel would say having to go through Auckland Airport. Firstly car parking options suck, long term parking might as well be park n ride it is so far away from the terminal, you feel like you need a shuttle but alas there is none. Them you get to the terminal which seems totally empty until you got the chaos that is Air New Zealand check in. For some reason, every other airline seems to be processing passengers seemlessly but the Air New Zealand area is a complete new of people blocking walkways & looking completely lost. Once you check your bag you exit into the oversized luggage drop off & try to manoeuvre past surfboards & all the other oversized luggage waiting to be checked in. Security has improved although I don't think it's being used to it's ability. Long queues with empty bays at the far end or no containers to put your stuff in. And then the epic journey begins again, as if the walk from the car park wasn't bad enough, as you meander the construction maze. I don't even think the new construction will improve passenger journey's, it is just designed to keep you in show for as long as possible, too bad if you're running late for your flight, you've still got 3 km to get to the gate. Oh and if you need to pee, be careful of the automatic flushing toilets, they'll take any opportunity to flush with the slightest movement. Think I'll hold it for the flight next time. Now I'm one of the lucky ones, sitting in an overcrowded lounge waiting to board. It's the middle of winter, so people are all rugged up but sweating like pigs because either the heating is up or more likely the air conditioning doesn't work. If only there was an alternative to Auckland Airport, I'd happily drive to Hamilton if they could provide a better passenger experience than Auckland Airport. It's a shame that Aucklander's don't have a choice. Pick up your game Auckland Airport. You're an embarrassment.