Ride not stride: Auckland Airport’s ‘green line’ is taking a break

14 March 2022

Auckland Airport’s trusty ‘green line’ walkway, guiding visitors between the domestic and international terminals, is closing while a number of back-of-house buildings and services are relocated.

Passengers often choose to walk between the two terminals by following the green line painted on the footpath – enjoying the opportunity to stretch their legs and get some fresh air in between flights.

But with a number of construction projects about to start in the area, walking will not be possible as there will be no safe pedestrian routes available. Instead, from March 28 until later this year, visitors will be asked to ride the green, inter-terminal bus to travel between the domestic and international terminals.

Auckland Airport General Manager Operations Anna Cassels-Brown said while it’s just a simple, painted line, the green line walkway has become a well-recognised feature of travel at Auckland Airport.

“Love it or hate it, we wouldn’t be Auckland Airport without our green line,” said Ms Cassels-Brown.

“For those who enjoy the stroll between domestic and international flights, it will only be gone for a matter of months. While it’s unavailable, our inter-terminal free bus is a quick and comfortable alternative.

“We look forward to welcoming the green line walkway back later in the year with a brand new route and a new canopy to provide improved shade and shelter for those who choose to walk between the terminals.”

The airport’s inter-terminal free bus currently operates every 15 minutes (10 minutes during school holidays) from 5am to 11pm daily, although there is flexibility to increase the frequency of the service. The map below indicates the departure points at the forecourt outside Door 8 at the international terminal and Door 2 (bus stop C) at the domestic terminal.

Ms Cassels-Brown said while the airport was quieter, construction work was about to get underway to demolish and relocate buildings to the eastern end of the international terminal, enabling future changes to terminal infrastructure. Works include:

  • A new Checkpoint Charlie
  • A new transitional waste facility
  • A new effluent waste facility
  • Relocation of the livestock yard and office as well as construction of a new single-span shed
  • Diversion of existing utilities and new underground services
  • Construction of a new pavement

Traveling between terminals is easy with the green, inter-terminal bus

  • Free service
  • Operates every 15 minutes (10 minutes during school holidays) from 5am to 11pm daily
  • Departs at the forecourt outside Door 8 at the international terminal and Door 2 at the domestic terminal
  • Seats 50
  • Ride time - approximately five minutes
  • More information: Travel between terminals | Auckland Airport