Under construction since October, the new lounge will cater for up to 265 customers – three times more than the previous regional lounge space. It’s located on Level 1 of the domestic terminal, above the airline’s old regional lounge and offers views out over the runway. Different zones in the lounge include a bar/barista, buffet and light refreshments area, self-service drinks station and business, lounge and quiet areas.
A new valet service area has also been constructed with an expanded undercover drop-off zone directly below the lounge. The new Auckland Regional Lounge is part of a $60 million investment in lounges throughout New Zealand over the next two years. This includes a refurbishment of the airline’s domestic lounges at Auckland and Wellington airports and new regional lounges in Nelson and New Plymouth.