Updated: Oct 18, 2019
My relaxing experience at the Strata Lounge, one of the many benefits of being a Priority Pass member.
View inside Strata Lounge. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
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Strata Lounge - Auckland, New Zealand
After a long mini-retirement in Australia and New Zealand, the last thing I was looking forward to was hanging out at a busy airport during a busy holiday season for the flight back home to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Luckily, my Priority Pass Select membership came in handy at the Auckland International Airport in New Zealand. After checking the Priority Pass app on my Android phone, I was happy to see that there was a lounge I could access prior to a long 12 hour flight back home to California.
This brand-new (built in September 2017) lounge was pretty easy to find due to the many "premium lounge" directions spread throughout the airport. The Strata Lounge welcome desk gives you an immediate hint of what's to come. Everything from the hip "Strata Lounge" signage to the orderly check-in desk gives you a good feeling of what awaits after entering the lounge. Just present your Priority Pass card, then after a quick swipe and signature you and your guests can all enjoy the lounge perks.
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The first thing you notice about this lounge is that it has a ton of space. It's also has a very good flow in the way it's laid out. There are plenty of spaces to settle into in addition to power outlets. You also won't have a hard time connecting to the free WiFi because the password can be found on just about every table.
Free WiFi is always welcome. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
One of the great benefits of lounge access , especially before a long flight back home is the ability to freshen up with a shower. I had to check out of the hotel at 12:00 noon (thanks late check-out!), after some last minute shopping in Auckland, I worked up a sweat. Thankfully the shower and Strata Lounge took care of the grime. The bathroom was very spacious, complete with a nice big sink, shower, clean toilet and fresh towels.
Super clean bathroom. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The food and beverage choices were very good. Hot food which included sauteed meats and vegetables and the cold food which consisted of sandwiches and salads were friendly to the stomach. The beverages included a blend of New Zealand Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety of liquors, juices, coffee, tea and water. Don't forget that it's all free, so don't be shy: eat, drink and be merry.
Great hot and cold food served at Strata Lounge. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
So to sum it all up, the Strata Lounge is an excellent place to relax, connect, freshen up and indulge right before a long flight home. If you aren't a member yet, you can check out Priority Pass plans here and save 10%. Trust me it's definitely worth it!