| I use Auckland International all the time when I travel overseas with family. First of all the access, just getting out there is a dilemma, with all the continuous roadworks in the are the commute time is just stupid. I live on the shore so I use the Waterview tunnel which does reduce the travel time but when you do get out there it is so confusing just to find where to go because the layout is constantly changing. Once you do get inside and to the check-in hall and arrivals level, you get an immediate early 2000s feel with the ugly flooring and just the general feel of the airport [old] and even though it is so crowded that you constantly bump into peoples sholders it just seems disused. Checking in is also a challenge, the layout means the queues zig-zag all over the place and once you have dropped your bag you go upstairs to the departure (pre-security) level you just end up disappointed with the lack of restaurants and shops and the small area that they are situated in. Security on the way out is nice and quick and the staff are friendly [I have an NZ passport] but once you are through the struggle continues, the noise from the power tools was aggravating and there was very little space because of the closed off parts and shut shops, the rest is better but is a tight hodge podge which even though there is decent signage it makes it difficult to find your gate. I have found that boarding any aircraft is always slow at this airport. On the way back in the zig-zagging is terrible and the baggage claim has very bad signage as to what flight and where your bag is, security on the way out is always slow. I have used the domestic terminal and it is not as bad but is the original international airport building from the 1950s so it is extra tiny and if you fly regionally they do not scan your carry on bag which is weird. It is super cramped and the a.c is broken so it is too hot or freezing cold inside.