Things To Do At New Zealand Airports

February 7, 2014

Sometimes an early arrival at the airport is unavoidable. Particularly with international travel, where you need to check in long before the flight actually departs, a long waiting period is a necessary part of getting through the airport process. However these needn’t be a waste of time for you. New Zealand’s major airports including Christchurch International Airport have a number of shops and facilities that give you a range of options to bide your time in a useful way. Here are our top tips for maximising the time you need to spend in an airport.

  • Grab a bite. Some domestic carriers don’t offer free in-flight snacks, so it’s a good idea to stock up just in case. Many people also find that eating while flying feels unpleasant, so it may be better to have lunch or breakfast before boarding. Also be sure to pick up a water bottle (once you’re past security) as the cabin can be very dehydrating.
  • Double check documents. If you still have a couple of hours up your sleeve, now is the time to check you have everything you need to board and on arrival at your destination. The last thing you want is to find you’re missing something at the gate.
  • Use free wi-fi. Many New Zealand airports offer free wi-fi connections, so you can browse the news and catch up on social media while you’re waiting.
  • Souvenirs. Something that we often forget when visiting overseas is how novel New Zealand is to others. Stopping in to pick up some gifts that represent our country can go a long way and make you very popular with locals elsewhere.
  • Organise travel upon arrival. If you have time to kill, why not figure out your plan for when you actually do arrive at your destination? Look up bus routes, research rental car providers and check how to reach your accommodation.
  • Use airport parking to minimise wait time. At the end of the day there’s only so much you can do at the airport, so arriving just on time is the best strategy. Airport parking lets you arrive exactly when you want to, and will drop you off and pick you up from the terminal.

The time spend in an airport needn’t be wasted at all – use the time to prepare for your upcoming holiday, take care of loose ends and of course, to relax for a bit before your flight.

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