Getting around Auckland is easy and affordable, whether you’re using public transport, driving, catching taxis and transfers, joining a tour, or even cycling. 

Exploring more of New Zealand is easy too, with a wide range of tours for any budget, and plenty of motorhome, motorbike and car hire options. 

 

Public transport – trains, buses and ferries

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Auckland’s public transport is a great way to get around. It’s easy to travel by train, bus or ferry throughout the inner city and the wider region, with regular routes to most major attractions and our main shopping, dining and entertainment precincts.

Britomart, in downtown Auckland, is the main transport hub and is where many bus and train journeys start and finish. Ferries also arrive and depart from downtown Auckland, just two minutes’ walk from Britomart. A number of bus and train stations and some ferry departure points also have a park and ride facilities – ideal if you’ve got a hire car or you’re staying longer. 

Find public transport services, maps and timetables at Auckland Transport’s AT journey planner. If you’re staying around Auckland for a while, consider buying an AT HOP card, a pre-pay smart card that can be used across buses, trains and ferries.

Please note: due to construction in the downtown area, some bus departure points have moved further uptown. Check the AT journey planner to make sure you’re at the right stop.

Our Link bus services are a convenient and cheap way to get around Auckland’s city centre and inner suburbs – including top shopping and dining spots. They run very frequently, so there’s no timetable, and fares start at just 50 cents. Just look for the red, green or amber buses and wait at a matching bus stop. Find out more
 

Driving – hiring a car, motorhome or motorbike

With an excellent motorway network, driving is a popular choice for anyone keen to discover more of Auckland and New Zealand. We’ve got lots of rental car companies to choose from – including the main international brands – offering everything from standard sedans and hatchbacks to motorhomes and motorcycles. Most major rental car companies have depots at Auckland Airport and in central Auckland.

In New Zealand, we drive on the left. Visitors from some countries may need a bit of adjustment, but for others, you’ll feel right at home.

You can legally drive in Auckland and New Zealand for up to 12 months per visit, with either a current driver's licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Make sure you have these organised before you arrive in New Zealand – check who can drive and what you’ll need on the NZ Transport Agency website. 

We want you to be safe and stress-free while you’re exploring our beautiful part of the world. Take a look at our road rules for all types of vehicle at DriveSafe

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Getting to and from Auckland Airport

Auckland's international and domestic airport terminals are about 45 minutes from downtown Auckland. Regular shuttles, transfers, private transport and bus services are all available 24 hours, seven days a week. 

Taxi and shuttle ranks are located outside the arrivals area at the international terminal and outside the luggage collection area at the domestic terminal. Stop in at the  i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in the international terminal for more information about getting to your destination from the airport.
 

Tours and hop-on, hop-off buses

Joining a tour lets you see the sights in comfort, while local guides share inside knowledge about our landmarks, heritage and culture. If you’re short on time and not sure where to go, jump on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour to visit some of the city’s main attractions and sightseeing spots. Find out more and book your tickets at an i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.  

If you’re looking for something more specialised, try a wine, food, nature, adventure or art tour, or experience our unique Māori culture. Search tours

Cycling and walking

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Get some fresh air while you sightsee – it’s easier than ever to get around Auckland by bike, with a number of new cycle paths popping up in the last few years (and more new ones on the way). Flat, easy cycleways along the waterfront or through parks are great for families or the casual explorer, or tackle a more challenging trail through bush or farmland. 

Find out where to hire bikes at one of our i-SITE Visitor Information Centres or take a look at some of our top cycling routes for inspiration. 

If you enjoy exploring on foot, it’s easy to walk around the central city (pick up a map at an i-SITE first or download one here), and there are hundreds of walking tracks across the region too, from beachfront promenades to island trails. 
 

For more information

Find out more about travel in and around Auckland and New Zealand at any of our i-SITE Visitor Information Centres, whether you’re looking for public transport information, want to join a tour, get advice on a self-drive itinerary, or need to book a rental car, motorhome, campervan, motorbike or transfer. 

Our i-SITE team can also make bookings for you for free, including transport, activities and accommodation. 
 

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