Auckland Transportation - Auckland isn't the easiest place to figure out, it has built out, rather than up, and the sprawl makes the greater city difficult to explore on foot. What might look like reasonable walking distances on maps can turn out to be twenty to thirty minute treks. If you want to see the city centre, you can get around by walking, busing, and ferrying between places. To explore suburbs farther afield you may need a car.
Three major motorways pass through Auckland:
the Northern, Northwestern and Southern. The Southern Motorway
connects the city with destinations to the south, where the
great mass of the North Island is situated. Traffic in the
city is often congested. Most of Auckland's major attractions
are within half an hour of the central city.
Auckland's public transport system is made up of buses, trains and ferries. The bus is the most convenient way for most travellers to get around the city. There are about six different bus companies operating in Auckland. The Link bus operates a circular service that takes in all the main inner-city neighbourhoods including Parnell, Newmarket, Karangahape Road and Ponsonby. You can catch The Link on Queen Street in the city centre. Link buses run every ten minutes during weekdays and every twenty minutes on weeknights and at weekends.
Regular bus services operate from the Sky City Coach terminal
on Hobson St., and less frequent train services from Auckland
Train Station on Beach road, east of the city center.
The bus terminal is on Commerce St between Quay St and Customs
St East. Not all Auckland buses start from here, so you will
need to pick up a bus route timetable from the bus terminal,
a newsagents, or the Visitor Centre. Most local buses only
run from 6:30 am to 10: 30pm Monday to Saturday and only until
7 pm on Sunday. A useful and popular bus is the City Circle
bus that runs around the city centre every ten minutes via
Viaduct Harbour, Sky City and Auckland University - and what’s
more it’s free!
Ferries are a popular means of transport to various island and other destinations around Auckland. Most depart from behind the big Ferry Building on Quay Street. Fullers Ferries run cheap commuter trips to Devonport and Waiheke Island and these make an unusual trip for tourists - say out to Devonport the fare is about NZ$8 return or you can also take in Waiheke Island.
Tranz Metro runs a suburban rail network. Most useful is the trip from Britomart to Newmarket stations. Fares range from $1.10 to $5 for a single journey.
The Auckland Passes are handy, you can get a day pass for around NZ$8-10 or you can get a three day one for about NZ$20. This cover the buses and ferry trips to the North Shore.
The Auckland Discovery Day Pass is a more extensive Pass and covers travel on buses, Trans Metro trains and inner-harbour ferries (that is not as far as Waiheke Island) so your transport is free for quite a wide area - a Discovery Day Pass costs NZ$12-15 and you can get it from bus drivers, train stations and at the Downtown Ferry Terminal.
You may be able to find a vacant taxi driving around in downtown
areas, or at one of the city’s many taxi ranks, but
it’s usually advisable to book one by phone. Auckland
Co-Operative Taxi Society, phone + 64 9300-3000.