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Getting to Auckland Region

Auckland is linked to the rest of the world with direct flights to/from Asia, North America, South America, Australia and the South Pacific. Domestic flights reach all parts of the country, and buses or trains head north and south to the Bay of Islands, Hamilton, Wellington and other provincial centres. Ferries are a vital service to reach Waiheke, Great Barrier and the other islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland Transport has information on using buses, trains and ferries to get around Auckland and the surrounding region.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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