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BUG New Zealand travel guidebook

Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Auckland Region > Auckland > Coming & going


Coming & going

Auckland is New Zealand’s main international gateway and has excellent transport connections to the rest of the country.


Auckland International Airport (tel (09) 256 8899) is on Manakau Harbour 21km south of the city centre. The airport is New Zealand’s largest.

If you are leaving on an international flight you are required to pay a $25 departure tax at the Bank of New Zealand branch in the terminal building.

There is a free shuttle bus service between the international terminal and the two domestic terminals, which operates from 6am until 10.30pm; alternatively it is about a 10 minute walk between the two terminals.

There are plenty of bus services running between the airport and downtown Auckland. The main one is the AirBus (tel 0508 AIRBUS), which runs a set route every 20 minutes (every 30 minutes after 6pm) between the airport and the city centre with various stops at hostels and hotels in central Auckland with a free connecting bus to Parnell for $15 ($13 BBH, HI/YHA, VIP).


InterCity (tel (09) 623 1503) coaches stop at the Sky City Coach Terminal at 102 Hobson Street and Nakedbus.com (tel 0900 62533 (0900 NAKED)) stop at 172 Quay Street, about 50m from the Britomart Transport Centre. Both InterCity and Nakedbus.com go to most destinations throughout the North Island.


Auckland’s Britomart Transport Centre is at the downtown end of Queen Street. This is Auckland’s main station for suburban trains and the daily Overland service to Wellington.


The motorway system around Auckland makes it easy for drivers to get out of town, although you may miss out on a lot of traffic that is already on the motorway if you are waiting at a motorway entrance ramp. There are a number of convenient motorway entrances in the downtown area that make it relatively easy to hitch out of Auckland.
If you’re heading south, you’ll want to get on the Southern Motorway. Coming from downtown Auckland, the handiest on-ramps to the motorway are at the top of Hobson Street and on Stanley Street near the Domain. Pick a safe spot to stand before the motorway entrance, preferably a spot where a car can safely stop for you. An easier option is to take a coach to the spot near Bombay where the motorway ends. Any Hamilton-bound bus should be able to drop you off here.

If you’re heading north, you have two main options. You can get on the motorway at the Fanshawe Street entrance, near Victoria Park or take a bus to the Massey University campus at Albany on the North Shore. Alternatively the North-Western Motorway also takes you north – you can get on at the entrance at the top of Hobson Street or at the entrance on Newton Road.

If you’re hitching from central Auckland, you’ll need to use a sign indicating your destination, as the motorway junctions in the central area are quite complex and lead to more than one motorway.

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