Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Stroll along the coastal inlets, hike on a volcanic island, spend an afternoon at the Auckland Museum perched above the Memorial Gardens or a cruise the harbour are just a few ways to absorb the delights of the city. This city has the largest Polynesian population in the world, contributing to the Pacifica, cosmopolitan and dynamic appeal of Auckland. High-end fashion houses, sophisticated restaurants and chic bars compliment the abundance of outdoor activities.
Auckland is situated on 50 islands and over 50 dormant volcanoes which make it unusual and breathtaking to behold. It is located in the upper part of the North Island, New Zealand. Being the largest gateway to New Zealand visitors have a tendency to rush past Auckland in their desire to see the rest of the place. Great intentions yet visitors are missing out on the magic that is Auckland.
Auckland is a city of parks. The Domain is the city’s oldest park based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter Gardens as well as the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Historic Places are a must-visit for lovers of history, architecture and gardens.
Auckland with its multi-cultural population including the largest settlement of polynesian people is home to many festivals. During the summer months Pasifika festival is a highlight. The beat of drums and the rhythm is a must do Pacifica immersion and should be on your bucket list.
Due to its recent growth spurt and the international interest developing in Auckland as a tourist destination, traffic has gotten more congested than it was 5 years ago. Given this, Auckland is still a relatively small city and the traffic is still manageable compared to other large cities.
The easiest way to get around Auckland is with Link bus services. Just look for the red, green or yellow buses. The buses run on such a frequent basis so no need to look at the timetable. You only need to head to the appropriate bus stop and wait for your bus. Take the red bus (The CityLink) when travelling within the city centre, the green bus (The InnerLink) to get around Auckland’s inner city and the amber bus (OuterLink) when travelling around the inner suburbs of Auckland. For more details and information, see the website below.
You can buy your ticket from the bus driver (cash only) or get the AT HOP smart card that can be bought online or at the ticket office. One ticket office is Britomart customer service centre. (Ground floor Britomart Transport Centre, 8-10 Queen St, Auckland).
Public Bus Network
8-10 Queen St, Auckland
+64 9 366 6400
Trains are a great way to travel around Auckland with 41 stations across four lines: Southern, Eastern, Western and Onehunga
The Auckland International Airport services all of Auckland. Located 21 km south of the City Center and it is easily accessible by bus, shuttle or taxi.
Skybus – is Auckland’s airport transfer service that runs between Auckland City Centre and Auckland Airport. They operate 24 hours a day and the bus transfer takes about 40-60 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the Airport Ticket Kiosks (situated by the SkyBus bus stops at the airport) or from the bus driver (cash only). You can also buy your ticket online and some hotels.
There are only licensed taxi and shuttle companies at the designated taxi ranks at the terminal buildings, all to make sure that you will get a high standard of service. The taxi rank is outside the arrivals area at the international terminal as well as the domestic terminal. You can pre-book or just turn up at the terminal rank.
HOP ON BUS
To ease the aching feet or the weather isn’t great
Check timetables and routes for up to date information.