Emirates Leisure Retail arrives at Auckland Airport

Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) has expanded into the New Zealand marketplace with the official opening today of Wondertree, the second venue to open in the recently redeveloped Auckland Airport International terminal.

“We are delighted to be a key partner with Auckland Airport on its extensive redevelopment project,” said managing director of Emirates Leisure Retail ANZ Justin Scotti. “Both Wondertree and Aroha offer comfortable and convenient, yet unique and memorable experiences to travellers, and we are proud to offer these exceptional preflight destinations to people passing through the airport.

ELR’s first launch into the airport was in November 2018 with ‘Aroha Café and Bar’, a café offering a fusion of classic favourites and on-trend healthy options. Aroha was conceptualised in line with ELR’s ambition to transform the pre-flight experience via premium food and beverage offerings, casual and comfortable interiors, welcoming atmospheres, and offering excellent value for money.

“Our exciting partnership with Wondertree further raises the bar for airport experiences, and we are hopeful that this will pave the way for future collaborations between ELR and high-profile culinary partners. The importance placed on locally-sourced, seasonal food at Aroha marks a significant turning point in what travellers can expect from airport dining, and we are proud to be leading the way in raising travellers’ expectations.”

Auckland International Airport general manager of retail and commercial Richard Barker was also excited to welcome Emirates Leisure Retail and Wondertree to Auckland Airport.

“The partnership is another milestone as we transform the food and beverage experience for travellers. Auckland Airport was looking for a full-service family friendly restaurant and chose Wondertree due to its track record for outstanding service and quality food that has already made it one of the most popular restaurants at Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. We are proud to have worked with Emirates Leisure Retail to bring it to New Zealand.”