Getting Around

Auckland has a fairly comprehensive public transport network, including buses, trains, and ferries. Buses serve most of the city every day of the year, with special NiteRider services after dark. The Link bus offers three bus loop routes in downtown Auckland which pass many of the major tourist attractions and are useful for travellers; the routes are colour-coded and buses pass frequently.

The city train service is aimed primarily at commuters and is of limited use to tourists. Ferries connect to the north shore suburbs and take passengers to the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Taxis can be hailed on the street, but are more commonly booked by phone. Despite all this, many visitors find getting around Auckland frustratingly slow without a car, and for many hiring their own vehicle is still the most convenient option, especially if planning to explore beyond the city.


Auckland International Airport

The airport is situated 13 miles (21km) south of Auckland.

Auckland International Airport (AKL)


The airport is situated 13 miles (21km) south of Auckland.

Getting to the city

SkyBus is the airport's transfer bus service and leaves regularly (roughly every 10 minutes during the day on weekdays, every 15 minutes during the day on weekends, and every 30 minutes overnight) for the city centre. Taxis are also available, as is car rental.


Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April).

Car rental

There are numerous car rental companies including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, and Europcar.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available in ranks outside both terminals. Any taxi can transport passengers to the airport, but only authorised taxis can pick people up from the airport.

Transfer between terminals

A free bus links the two terminals, and walking is also possible.


Facilities at the airport include left luggage, business facilities, a medical centre, banks and ATMs, bars, restaurants and shops, a crèche, a post office, a hairdresser, supermarket, tourist information and hotel reservations desks. Disabled facilities are good, but those with special needs should inform their airline or travel agent in advance.


There is plenty of parking adjacent to both terminals including a 'wait zone' where cars can park free of charge for 30 minutes. Fees range from about NZD 7 to NZD 14 per hour to NZD 54 per day. There are also cheaper long-term parking options located off site with free shuttle services to the terminals. Substantial parking discounts are available for those who book online in advance.