Section One Auckland
SECTION ONE: PAGE TWO
Road - self drive
Driving distances and times to and from the Auckland region
||Km||Miles||Approx Drive Time|
|Auckland - Paihia (Bay of Islands)||233||146||3 hours 20 minutes|
|Auckland - Whangarei||162||101||2 hours 20 minutes|
|Auckland - Hamilton||127||79||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Auckland - Taupo||278||173||4 hours|
|Auckland - Rotorua||237||148||3 hours 20 minutes|
|Auckland - Wellington||658||411||9 hours 25 minutes|
These times are based on driving at 80 to 100 km (50 to 60 miles) per hour on open stretches of road, with a small allowance for traffic delays, petrol stops and refreshments.
Three signposted touring routes depart from Auckland city:
Twin Coast Discovery: a circular, touring route that starts in Auckland and journeys around Northland’s west and east coasts. Read more in Section Two.
Pacific Coast Highway: a touring route along some of the most spectacular coastal scenery New Zealand has to offer. From Auckland the route travels through the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Eastland and winds up in the Hawke’s Bay region. www.gnztr.com
Auckland is serviced by Auckland International Airport www.auckland-airport.co.nz and also has large numbers of domestic flights linking it with the rest of the country.
Domestic scheduled services to and from Auckland are offered by airlines: Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Pacific Blue.
Services to Great Barrier Island are offered by:
Location of Auckland International Airport
Auckland International Airport is south of downtown Auckland and is a 30 to 60 minute drive depending on the time of day.
Approximate costs of travel from airport to the city
Airport to city by:
- Taxi - approximately $50 - $65
- Airport Shuttle - the cost varies depending on which company is used. As a guide the cost is first person $26, thereafter $6.00 per person.
- Air Bus operates a scheduled bus service from the International and Domestic terminals to Auckland city. Adults one way - $16.00. First departure is at 6.00am, then every 15 minutes until 10.00pm, 7 days a week, stopping at a variety of hotels, motels and backpacker establishments. www.airbus.co.nz
For more, view the Transport page on the Auckland Airport website.
Approximate flying times between domestic destinations
||Approx Flying Time|
|Auckland - Hamilton||35 minutes|
|Auckland - Rotorua||45 minutes|
|Auckland - Wellington||1 hour|
|Auckland - Queenstown||2 hours 50 minutes|
|Auckland - Christchurch||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Auckland - Kerikeri (Bay of Islands)||40 minutes|
These are approximate flying times, including connection times, and will differ depending on the airline and type of aircraft used.
Scheduled Coach Services
Intercity Coachline Services offer a wide range of scheduled services throughout the North Island departing from Auckland. www.intercitycoach.co.nz
Ferries around the inner harbour and to the islands
Fullers Auckland www.fullers.co.nz
Operates passenger ferry services linking the central city with the North Shore and many of the islands in the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf including:
- Waiheke Island
- Great Barrier Island (seasonally)
All ferries depart from the historic Auckland Ferry Buildings located on the waterfront in the downtown area.
Based at Half Moon Bay, Pakuranga (30 minutes from Auckland city) this service offers vehicle and passenger services to Waiheke Island. Vehicle and passenger services also operate from downtown Auckland to Great Barrier Island.
360 Discovery www.360discovery.co.nz
Passenger services to Tiritiri Matangi Island sanctuary and also to Kawau Island depart from Auckland City (Dec - Easter) and from Sandspit, 1 hour north of Auckland (all year). Also operates services to the Coromandel Peninsula.
To and from Auckland
The Overlander - a daily service from Auckland to Wellington from September to April and part of July. At other times, the service operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Journey time: 11 hours www.tranzscenic.co.nz
City Rail - operates regular services Monday to Saturday, with lines running south, east and west from the city centre.
Auckland City Buses
- Bus About Pass (Stagecoach) - all-day pass; great value for visitors to Auckland. www.stagecoach.co.nz
- The Link - a bus service running both ways in a circuit around the attractions of the inner city rim. www.stagecoach.co.nz
- Auckland Explorer Bus - hop on and hop off all day sightseeing and commentary.www.explorerbus.co.nz