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Auckland Transportation

Most of Aucklands unique places and major attractions are within half an hour of the central city. Whether you rent a car, catch a bus or board a ferry, youll quickly be where you want to be.

Auckland airport is 21km south-west of the city centre. A free shuttle service operates between the international and domestic terminals. The Airbus Shuttle runs a scheduled service every 20 minutes between the airport and Downtown Auckland and calls at most major hotels. The approximate cost is $13 per person. Door-to-door shuttles also operate to and from the airport for approximately $15 for one person and $20 for two. A taxi to/from the airport will cost around $40.

With someone in the passengers seat to navigate, driving yourself to the city or around Auckland is quite straightforward. You can rent almost any type of vehicle, from budget compacts to stylish convertibles. There are plenty of rental car companies within a 10 minute stroll of the downtown area. If youre not collecting your rental car at the airport, catch a taxi or book yourself onto an airport shuttle bus. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre.

Transport around the heart of Auckland is as easy as jumping on the Link Bus. Circulating both clockwise and anticlockwise around the inner city area, the Link Bus service can take you from the city to Parnell, Newmarket, Grafton, Karangahape Road, Ponsonby and back. Hop on the Explorer Bus for sightseeing and to see the big 14 attractions in Aucklandcity.

To get to the seaside suburb of Devonport, or to one of the Hauraki Gulfs beautiful islands, catch a ferry from the historic Ferry Buildingat the bottom of Queen Street. Renting a motorhome is a great way to get transport and accommodation rolled into one. There are excellent, inexpensive camping grounds throughout the Auckland region - they all welcome motorhomes. Shop around to get a good deal.

Auckland has an extensive public transport system. You can reach any suburb by catching a bus from the central city. Theres also a train network, which can be accessed from the railway station at the bottom of Parnell.

The Auckland Explorer Bus is a Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tour with full commentary, visiting Aucklandês big 14 attractions. Buses depart from the ferry building downtown every 30 minutes from 9am (hourly from 10am in winter). Ph: 0800 439 756 www.explorerbus.co.nz

The Link is a circular bus route covering central Auckland. Link buses run every 10 minutes 6am - 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am - 6pm Saturday, every 15 minutes every evening to 11.30pmand 7am - 11.30pm Sunday. Buses run both clockwise and anti-clockwise between Queen Street, Parnell, Newmarket, AucklandHospital, AucklandUniversity, Karangahape Road, Ponsonby, Victoria Park Market and SkyCity. Cash fare: $1.20. Ph: (09) 366 6400 www.stagecoach.co.nz

Phone the friendly Rideline team to ask anything you need to know about getting around the Auckland region on buses, ferries or trains. Alternatively, log on to the RidelineÈ website and use the interactive journey planner. Simply type in your location, destination and departure or arrival time to receive detailed information and maps on how to get where you want to go. Ph: (09) 366 6400 www.rideline.co.nz

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