Getting around Auckland

Living in Auckland

getting around Auckland, cycling in auckland

Walking, cycling, buses, trains, taxis and ferries make it easy and convenient to get around Auckland. Walking is very popular in New Zealand, and if you get accommodation close to your institution it will be easy to walk to classes. 

Cycling is also a great way to get around – it’s economical, environmentally friendly and helps you stay fit at the same time. Bicycles can be taken on ferries and trains, so you can combine cycling with other forms of public transport. 

Buses run to all parts of the region from the Britomart Transport Centre, located in downtown Auckland. The LINK bus connects the central business district to city fringe suburbs, and there are free environmentally-friendly City Circuit buses that follow a route around the inner city. Trains run regularly to central, south and west Auckland suburbs from the Britomart Transport Centre. Visit for public transport timetables and information. 

Taking the ferry is a scenic, peaceful change from cars, buses and trains, and there are regular ferry services from the central city to Auckland’s North Shore and some of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf islands. Visit for ferry timetables and information. 

New Zealand’s stunning natural scenery makes driving enjoyable, so it’s a great way to explore. If you have a valid overseas driver license or an international driving permit you can drive in New Zealand for up to a year from when you arrive. After that you will have to pass written and practical driving tests to get a New Zealand driver’s license. All cars must be registered and have a current Warrant of Fitness (WOF). If you are buying a car, make sure it has a WOF so you can be certain it is fit and safe to be on the road. It is also strongly recommended you get insurance for your car. ​