I picked up my first class boarding pass and made it through immigration and security in about 10 minutes. Following the signs to the VIP lounges led me to an escalator where both the Qantas and Emirates lounges were located, side by side. I wanted to review the Qantas First Class Lounge offering first, which is behind a door marked By Invitation Only.
As a Qantas Platinum (OneWorld Emerald) frequent flyer it is a great perk to get access to valued private spaces such as this lounge. However, in reality it is a very small lounge with nothing really special to set it apart. It was private, with only a few other business travellers inside, but within a few minutes of walking around you will have seen everything the lounge has to offer.
The premium lounge has a small but functional business centre, hot and cold food, and a selection of New Zealand wine – I couldn’t resist trying the Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region. It was nice to try something local, and the hints of tropical fruits and citrus made it a refreshing lunch accompaniment.
The food selection was in the lounge was disappointingly small. I tried some bread and cheese and the pumpkin soup, which was terrible. The lounge does offer ice cream, which is quite unique.
This lounge had notably terrible wifi, which made it extremely difficult to work from the lounge. This would be an issue for most business travellers who are needing to keep up with work whist on the road. After 30 minutes or so I decided to move next door to the much larger Emirates Lounge Auckland to see if I could be more productive.
Expert Traveller Recommends…
Whilst it is great to see Qantas offering a separate space for top frequent flyers in Auckland, this lounge fell far short of expectations. The tranquility and privacy of the lounge is a very positive element, but it wasn’t enough on the day. As a work space it doesn’t work due to its painfully slow wifi. If you are flying Emirates from Auckland we recommend choosing the Emirates Lounge and bypassing this Qantas offering.