Public transport within cities

Find out about using public transport within New Zealand by clicking 'read more' on your chosen city.

Wellington

Wellington’s compact CBD makes it a great place to walk! But there are also plenty of public transport options. To pay your fare on Wellington's transport network, you can use cash or a range of prepay cards (depending on which bus company you'll be using). See how to pay your fare for more information.

  • Wellington’s bus network is comprehensive, linking all suburbs with the Central Business District. Fares start from NZ$2.00 cash for a single zone. 
  • Trains connect downtown Wellington with the wider region, as far north as Masterton and Waikanae. Fares start from NZ$2.00 cash for a single zone.
  • Ferry services leave from downtown Queens Wharf and travel to Seatoun, Matiu/Somes Island and Days Bay, costing NZ$11 one way. 
  • From Wellington Airport, the Airport Flyer bus travels to town and beyond, costing from NZ$3.50. Shuttles are available too.
  • Wellington’s Cable Car takes passengers from downtown up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. It’s one of Wellington’s most popular attractions, offering stunning views of the city and costing just NZ$7.50.
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Auckland

Auckland’s downtown area is compact and walkable, but its natural beauty lies outside the city centre. 

The ATHop card is Auckland's prepay transport card; it will save you money on transport if you're planning to be in the city for a few days.

  • Buses connect all parts of the city and run frequently, especially on weekdays. Fares start from NZ$1 cash per segment (or NZ$0.50 with ATHop).
  • Trains service some central, southern and western suburbs. Fares start at NZ$2.50 per stage (NZ$1.80 with ATHop).
  • Ferries run between downtown Auckland, the North Shore and East Auckland, as well as Auckland’s islands. Fares cost from NZ$6.20 cash (NZ$4.50 with ATHop). Note that ATHop is not valid on all ferry services.
  • From Auckland Airport, the SkyBus costs NZ$16 into the city. Airport shuttles are also available, costing from NZ$35.

 

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Christchurch

Being a flat city, Christchurch is a popular place to cycle, with dedicated cycle lanes throughout the CBD. 

  • Buses link all central suburbs along with the outer areas of Rangiora, Waikuku Beach and Burnham. Fares start from $1.80 cash, or NZ$1.25 with a Metrocard.
  • Blackcat Ferry services run between Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour, and cost NZ$12.40 return.
  • From Christchurch Airport, Metrobuses offer regular trips into town for NZ$8 one way. Shuttles are also available.
  • More of a historical activity than a form of transport, Christchurch Attractions allows you to tour the city on a restored tram. Tickets are NZ$25 per adult. Children under 15 ride for free.
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Queenstown

If you’re staying in Queenstown and are planning to do adventure activities or tours, your provider may offer a shuttle service. Check when you book.

  • Ritchies Connectabus service connects central Queenstown with its suburbs, the airport, and Arrowtown. Cash fares start from NZ$4.50, and a variety of GoCard options are available – including one – and seven-day passes.
  • Queenstown Water Taxis link the town with the Frankton arm of the lake, near the Hilton Hotel, and costs NZ$10 one way.
  • From Queenstown airport, Connectabus takes passengers into town for NZ$12 one way. Airport Shuttles are also available, from NZ$20. 
  • For skiers, there are shuttles available for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Cardrona. Treble Cone promotes a Car Pool system.
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Dunedin

  • Buses link downtown and its surrounding suburbs, with fares beginning at NZ$2.20 cash, or NZ$1.92 with a GoCard
  • From Dunedin Airport, regional buses like Intercity can provide transport if booked in advance. Airport shuttles are also available, costing from NZ$30.

Rotorua

Many of Rotorua’s main attractions are outside the city centre. If you don’t have a vehicle, you may find it easiest to take a shuttle (like Geyser link or Thermal Shuttle) between attractions.

  • Buses operate around the city centre and connect with the leisure park area of Ngongotaha. Fares start from NZ$2.60 (or $1.84 with a Smartride Card).
  • From Rotorua Airport, Bay Bus Route 10 takes passengers into town for NZ$2.60. Airport shuttles are available, starting from NZ$21 to town.
  • Totally Tarawera offer scheduled water taxis to Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera for NZ$25 per person.
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Hamilton

  • Hamilton's buses run the full breadth of the city from downtown to Te Awa shopping area and the Hamilton Gardens. Fares start from NZ$3.30 cash or NZ$2.40 with a BUSIT card.
  • Airport shuttles are available from Hamilton Airport, and cost from NZ$33 to get downtown.
  • Te Awa River Ride is a cycleway and walkway that runs the length of the city, following the Waikato River.

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