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New walkway opens at Auckland Airport

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Staff Reporter

19 June 2024, 12:09 AM

New walkway opens at Auckland AirportTake the scenic route.

Auckland Airport, in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC), has unveiled a new version of the inter-terminal walkway, known as "the green line".

This pathway showcases some of Aotearoa New Zealand's most breathtaking walks and scenic locations.

The new 950-meter walkway, which connects the international and domestic terminals, features giant panoramic photos celebrating 36 different DOC tracks.

These include multi-day walks like the Abel Tasman and Paparoa Track, as well as single-day hikes such as the Rangitoto Summit Track and the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail.

Chloe Surridge, Auckland Airport’s Chief Operations Officer, expressed enthusiasm for the project.

"As New Zealand’s gateway airport, we’re delighted to shine a spotlight on our country’s stunning landscape and all the amazing places people can choose to visit," she said. "We wanted to give travellers a taste of the unique walks New Zealand has to offer and all the wonderful work DOC does to open up the outdoors to visitors."

The new walkway is part of ongoing construction for Auckland Airport’s integrated terminal development.

It is designed to provide improved shade and shelter, with 72% of the walkway now undercover.

The route is approximately 150 meters longer than the previous walkway, adding two to four minutes to the journey, depending on walking speed. Additional rest areas and pōhutukawa trees enhance the walking experience.

DOC Deputy Director-General Public Affairs, Sia Aston, emphasised the importance of connecting people with nature.

“Our unique environment is a drawcard both for international tourists and New Zealanders. We hope visitors will be blown away by the beautiful options on display, then get out and enjoy them for real,” Aston said.

For those who prefer not to walk, a free terminal transfer bus operates every 15 minutes between 5 am and 11 pm, providing an alternative means of transport.