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Whangarei

Getting there & around

Local transport

Taxi

A1 Cabs (0800 438 3377)

Kiwi Carlton Cabs (09-470 2299)

Phoenix Cabs (0800 438 9933)

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Bus & tram

Bus

Buses stop outside the Northland Coach & Travel Centre (09-438 3206; 3 Bank St; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am-2.30pm Sat & Sun). There’s a left-luggage service here.

InterCity (09-623 1503; www.intercity.co.nz) and associated daily buses stop here on the way from Auckland ($38, 2½ hours) to Paihia ($25, 70 minutes) via Waipu ($21, 30 minutes). Pavlovich Express (0800 759 999; www.pavlovichexpress.co.nz) heads daily to Auckland ($27, 3¼ hours) via Waipu ($24, 35 minutes). Budget operator Naked Bus (www.nakedbus.com) has advance fares starting from $1 on daily trips to Auckland (three hours) via Waipu (one hour).

A private operator runs a Whangarei-to-Dargaville Shuttle (021 380 187; one way/return $10/16) on weekdays.

Local buses leave from across the square on Rose St. Useful routes head to Whangarei Falls and the airport. In summer there are special services to Ocean Beach and Waipu Cove (enquire at the i-SITE).

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Air

Whangarei Airport (09-436 0047; www.whangareiairport.co.nz; Handforth St) is at Onerahi, 6km east of the centre. Taxis or shuttles into town both cost around $17. A public bus route skirts the airport, heading into the city ($2, 11 buses on weekdays, six on Saturdays).

Air New Zealand (0800 737 000; www.airnz.co.nz) Flies to Auckland (35 minutes, seven to nine daily); check website for fares and special offers.

Great Barrier Airlines (0800 900 600; www.greatbarrierairlines.co.nz) Flies to Claris, Great Barrier Island ($109, twice weekly).

Sunair Aviation Ltd (07-575 7799; www.sunair.co.nz) Direct flights on weekdays to Hamilton ($290, one hour).

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