Getting there & away
The main long-distance bus company in Auckland, as for the rest of NZ, is InterCity (09-623 1503; www.intercity.co.nz) and its travel and sightseeing arm Newmans Coach Lines (www.newmanscoach.co.nz). Its buses go to almost all bigger towns and the main tourist areas. Services leave from the Sky City Coach Terminal (09-623 1504; 102 Hobson St).
Naked Bus (www.nakedbus.com) buses travel along SH1 as far as Whangarei (three hours) and Wellington (12 hours), as well as heading to Waitomo Caves (3¾ hours) Whitianga (3¾ hours), Tauranga (3½ hours), Gisborne (nine hours) and Napier (12 hours). Fares start from $1. Dalroy Express (0508 465 622; www.dalroytours.co.nz) operates a daily service between Auckland and New Plymouth ($54, 5½ hours). Main Coachline (09-278 8070; www.maincoachline.co.nz) runs six buses per week between Auckland and Dargaville ($45, three hours). All of these buses stop on Quay St, opposite the Ferry Building.
NZ Motorcycle Rentals (09-360 7940; www.nzbike.com; 35 Crummer Rd; 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun) offers motorbike hire for $105 to $375 a day (insurance excess is $1500 and upwards). Guided tours are also available.
Trains arrive at and depart from Britomart station (0800 872 467; www.tranzscenic.co.nz; Queen St), the largest underground diesel train station in the world. You can book online, or else the booking office is open from 8am to 8.30pm daily.
The Overlander(0800 872 467; www.tranzscenic.co.nz) departs from Auckland at 7.25am (daily December to April, Friday to Sunday May to November) and arrives in Wellington at 7.20pm (the return train from Wellington departs and arrives at the same time). Short trips are expensive, but slightly longer journeys within the same zone can be very reasonable. Fares from Auckland are $49 as far as Te Kuiti then shoot up to $89 from Taumarunui. The standard Auckland–Wellington adult fare is $106. Various discounts and travel passes are available.
Auckland International Airport (09-275 0789; www.auckland-airport.co.nz) is 21km south of the city centre. It has an international terminal and a domestic terminal, each with a tourist information centre. A free shuttle service operates every 20 minutes (6am to 10.30pm) between the terminals and there’s also a signposted footpath (about a 1km walk).
At the international terminal there’s a free phone for accommodation bookings. Both terminals have left-luggage facilities, ATMs and car-rental desks, although you get better rates from companies in town.
Auckland is the major gateway to NZ, and a hub for domestic flights.
Domestic airlines operating to and from Auckland and the destinations they serve:
Air New Zealand (09-336 2424; www.airnewzealand.co.nz; cnr Customs & Queen Sts; 9.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat) Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo, New Plymouth, Napier, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.