Well, with AKL's one and only runway closed for repairs, aircraft are landing on the taxiway, euphemistically termed as the 'standby runway'. The taxiway has shifted to the main apron area.
When a widebody jet lands on the taxiway, no other widebody jet can be taxiing parallel on the apron area because the wings will slap into each other.
I arrived just in time to see a Korean 777 touch down on 05 and it had to hold at the other end for a MAS 747-400 (9M - MPP "Putrajaya", brand spanking new and glistening beautifully) touch down. Because, of course, if the KE had proceeded onto the main apron, the wings would have collided.
After a few tricky manouevres, everything was hunky dory. The KE rolled towards the terminal, hugged closely by the MAS behind it.
The KE pulled into 7, the MAS into 2.
A Cargolux 747-400, proceeding for takeoff, had to roll across the taxiway, onto the proper runway, used the proper runway to taxi right down to the end, then rolled back onto the taxiway for a good long take off.
Shortly after, CX107 touched down from Hong Kong, B-HXL, pulling into 10.
Shortly after that, the runway direction changed to 23, and a Garuda A330 (D) touched down.
NZ70, non-stop from Hong Kong, decided it wanted to visit Brisbane and was scheduled to arrive 1.5 hours late.
The arrivals area was a shambles. I think Auckland Airport need to take a good hard look at their current facilities - urgent expansion is needed!