Culture and heritage

Playing our part for all New Zealanders

Since the day we opened in 1965, Auckland Airport has been playing our part as the travel, trade and tourism hub for New Zealand. We are consistently voted the best airport in Australia Pacific, and have a 30 year vision and a major development plan to deliver on the vision and to ensure we maintain this position.

Auckland International Airport Limited (Auckland Airport) was formed in 1988, when the New Zealand Government established it as a stand-alone Crown-owned corporation. In 1998, the Government sold down its shareholding, and Auckland Airport became only the fifth airport company in the world to be publicly listed. Today we are listed on both the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges, and have a market capitalisation of $4.8 billion.

A heritage of growth

Planning foresight by our airport’s founders has meant that we have been able to play a leading role in driving growth for New Zealand tourism and making journeys more enjoyable. We are the second largest airport in Australasia, and we are determined for this to continue. Over the next 30 years, we believe it is likely flights at our airport will almost double and passenger numbers treble to 40 million a year. We will be a strong regional Australasian hub airport for Asia and the Americas, as well as become a major business district. We have a responsibility to meet these unprecedented growth opportunities and to ensure our airport continues to cater for the needs of Kiwis, while protecting the safety and the interests of our local communities and the environment. Read more about our growth plans in Airport Development.

Promoting New Zealand’s unique culture

As New Zealand’s major gateway, Auckland Airport has the responsibility of providing visitors with their first and last experience of our country. We take this responsibility seriously, wanting to ensure that those first and last experiences are a strong reflection of our unique culture and heritage. Much of the new international arrivals area features iconic and cultural New Zealand imagery that reflects our journey as a nation. This imagery has been provided through a special partnership between Auckland Airport and the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa, the Auckland Airport Marae

The Marae is the cultural heart of the airport - a place to enhance cultural understanding and share Maori history with all visitors, both local and international. One of our Marae’s most important purposes is to provide a culturally sensitive venue for the collection of tupapaku (deceased) on their return to New Zealand. It hosts official functions including welcoming and farewelling visiting dignitaries. It is also used for other cultural and social activities and educational programmes. Visit the airport Marae website for more information.




Airport of the future

Airport of the future

Auckland Airport is destined to grow quickly and we have developed a 30 year vision for it.

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