Airline Lounge Review: AirNZ Koru Lounge – Auckland Domestic Airport

www.misopeckish.comThe Auckland domestic Koru lounge is perhaps the busiest lounge in the country serving people flying in and out of New Zealand and those flying domestically via Auckland.

The lounge had undergone some refurbishment last year.  It is situated near gate 30 that overlooks the eastern part of the runway, where the views are obstructed by the nearby air bridges.

Like Wellington domestic Koru lounge, you are greeted by at least one staff member who either sitting at the counter or standing by the scanning machines where you scan your boarding passes that records your presence in the lounge.

The lounge is in a long rectangular shape

The business centre is located to the right just after the entrance.

The food area is to the left of the lounge with enough space for people to leisurely help themselves to the food.

A good selection of soft chairs and communal tables are on the right hand side.

A manned espresso counter is located in the middle of the lounge which is open during the day time, allowing members to order a cup of espresso any way they want.

There is also bar serving beers and wines directly opposite the espresso bar.  In the evenings some spirits are on offer

The Koru lounge offers a good selection of buffet style foods throughout the day with emphasis on breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.   I tend to be here during dinner, which usually consists of a hot food item, salads, breads, soup, dessert and fresh fruits.

The Koru lounge can get a bit busy especially during peak Morning and evening hours serving the business travellers, but you can always find yourself a seat somewhere.

Amenities:  Free wifi, showers, business centre (includes computers, fax, scanner, printer), meeting rooms, magazines and newspapers, espresso bar, mobile phone charging station, games console

Hours:  1 hour before the first domestic departure until the departure of the 
last flight

Location:  Near the departure gate 33

Verdict:  Of all the domestic Koru lounges with AIRNZ has this would have to be my least favourable lounge.  Having said that, it is a good lounge with ample amount of natural light, spacious with lots of seating.  Good selection of food, beverage and reading material available.  The staff are welcoming, friendly and helpful.

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