Transport to/from Airport
Auckland Airport is 21km from the CBD, and has a shuttle service running from the airport to central business districts via the main hotels. There is also a shuttle that runs between the international and domestic terminals.
The main bus terminal is on Commerce St, between Quay St and Customs St East. Bus timetables are available from the bus terminal, newsagents and the information centre. A free bus service was introduced for the America’s Cup, it travels a loop around downtown Auckland and is easy to spot: it is a double-decker, multi-coloured bus with ‘Get Into It’ written on the sides. Another loop bus route is ‘The Link’, it runs every ten minutes and costs $1, though it covers much more distance than the other loop bus service.
Auckland has a limited rail service. Tranz Metro has only two main lines, heading west to Waitakere and south to Papakura. The main train station is on Beach Road, behind the old Auckland central railway station.
Buses run in between all the big towns, and the main tourist areas. The main bus companies are:
Intercity/Newmans, 102 Hobson Street, Phone: 09 913-6100, 0800-7770707;
Northliner Express, Phone: 09 307-5873;
Little Kiwi Bus, Phone: 09 309-0905, 0800-759 999.
Two trains operate between Auckland and Wellington. The Overlander runs daily departing in the morning from both cities and arriving early in the evening. The Northerner is an overnight train operating Sunday to Friday, departing from both cities in the evening and arriving early in the morning. The Geyserland operates daily between Auckland and Rotorua, and the Kaimai Express operates daily between Auckland and Tauranga, both trains stop in Hamilton on the way.
Taxis are plentiful in Auckland and can be hailed down from most busy streets, or found at one of many taxi ranks. Although if a taxi is required on a weekend or during the night it may be best to phone ahead of time and book one. Costs are $2 Flag fall and then about $1.60 per kilometre.