The largest city of New Zealand, Auckland is located on North Island and is also home to the country's largest port. Auckland is New Zealand's most important commercial and industrial city, but it is also a major center of tourism as well. A green and orderly city, it's not far from the beautiful natural landscapes that make N.Z famous.
A great place to start your tour of Auckland is Sky Tower, where you can view the entire city, then visit the Auckland Museum and Eden Park. Some of the city's best dining and shopping options can be found on Queen Street. Nightlife options are located on "K Road".
Many publications have rated Auckland one of the world's most liveable cities, and it is certainly an enjoyable place to shop, dine, and explore. The best time to visit would be in the summer months, which in the Southern Hemisphere correspond to the period between January and March.
The distance between the Auckland International Airport and the city center is about 25 kilometers. It is easy to travel between the two by taxi, bus, minibus, tram, shuttle or your own car.
While the transport within the city is not very complicated, different public transport vehicles are connected. It is therefore very easy to get off from one vehicle and to get on another. There is no single type of bus in the city: buses are operated in different colors, capacities and by different companies. There is also a sea trolley serving in the Auckland waters famous for its beautiful harbor.
You can rent a sea taxi owned by Reubens Cruises, which is a little more expensive than ferry transportation, for a day or hour. Apart from this, there are many public transportation vehicles such as trams named Motat, shuttles, ferryboats, trains. Three most popular public transportation vehicles in Auckland city, buses, trains and ferries, are connected to each other.
These three main means of transport complement each other, enabling the development of urban transportation. Traveling around the city is not so easy, but it is possible to visit certain points. You can tour the city with bicycles for 2 people provided by Jafa Cabs free of charge. For more detailed information on transport within the city, call Rideline (36 6400), which operates between 7 am and 7 pm.
You can take advantage of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) tram, belonging to Museum of Transportation and Technology, which provides transportation between local attractions and visitor places in Auckland with an adult fare of 16 dollar per person. The sea transportation service operated by the Waiheke Shipping Company offers very good opportunities. It serves with two kinds of ferries, one only for passengers and one for cars. This service, which organizes flights to Great Barrier Island, a busy tourist attraction, 6 days a week during summer season, is often preferred by passengers. It is easy to get to the city center from Auckland International Airport which is located 25 kilometer south of the city. Auckland offers a convenient transportation service to its passengers with multiple options and is economical in terms of public transportation.
Buses are the most frequently used means of public transportation to travel within Auckland city as well as between the city and the airport. The easiest transportation from Auckland Airport to the city center is the Airbus Express buses operated by the airport. Departing every 10 minutes on weekdays, these buses operate from 7 am to 7 pm. On weekends, buses operate between 6 am and 7 pm and depart from the airport to the city center every 15 minutes.
Airbus Express buses have two different routes: one via Mt. Eden Road and the other via Dominion Road. The first and last stops of both routes are the airport and the city center. It takes about 40-45 minutes by express bus from city center to airport. Considering the fact that the trip would last a bit longer in busy hours, it might be beneficial for you to leave early. You can call +64 9 366 6400 for further information on the Airbus Express buses. Express bus tickets can be purchased online or by cash from the bus driver. Or it can be obtained from the hotel and hostels where the company is contracted and from ticket kiosks located right next to Airbus Express bus stops. One one-way Airbus Express bus ticket costs 16 dollars as of 2016; for customers with YHA / VIP cards, it is 12 dollars.
If you are traveling with two or more passengers, you can use the shuttle bus, which is a cheaper option than the Airbus buses. Because the shuttle bus fare is 15 dollars for a person and 20 dollars for two. Double-decker buses run by United Airlines operate hourly, between 10 am and 4 pm. The route of these buses departing from the city center airport terminal is via Mission Bay, Kelly Tarlton, Auckland Museum and Parnell to the bungee-jumping area in Freemans Bay. A one-way ticket of the city bus called Circular Link costs 1 dollar. With these buses that pass through Customs Street, Star City, Parnell, Newmarket, K Road and Ponsonby you can take a city tour and visit the Victoria Street market, Auckland Cathedral and Auckland Museum.
Auckland's railway station, which is linked to all other major transport facilities such as ferryboats, buses, and shuttles, is located on Beach Road. The easiest way to reach here is to get Link buses that cost 1 dollar and pass through Customs Street regularly. You can also walk 700-800 meters, a walk that would last about 10 minutes, from the bus station in Auckland. You can buy your tickets for local and international trains departing from the train station online or from the station. You can find out more about train departure times and ticket prices by calling the support line (0800 802 802).
The shuttles, which are smaller than buses going to Auckland Airport and all the major points in the city, is cheaper than taxis and is a means of quick transportation. Private shuttle and taxi companies in Auckland serve passengers at high standards. All taxis and shuttles can pick you up from the airport and take you anywhere you like. You can go to the city center with a shuttle or taxi waiting at Gate 8 at the international arrivals terminal and outside the Jetstar area and the domestic terminal. If you make a pre-reservation, your vehicle would be waiting for you outside the terminal upon your arrival.
There is no rush traffic except during the morning and evening hours at the bridge entrances and exits in Auckland, thus it is possible to easily get to the airport with the help of a navigation device by renting your own car from the airport. Due to the large number of car rental companies, there is an increase in prices due to the competition during the tourist season. If you make an online reservation before your travel, you can rent your car at much more affordable rates.Last Updated: 27 Dec 2016
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