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Auckland Airport

Auckland is the main international gateway to NZ, and a hub for domestic flights. Auckland Airport is 21km south of the city centre. It has separate international and domestic terminals, a 10-minute walk apart from each other via a signposted footpath; a free shuttle service operates every 15 minutes (5am to 10.30pm). Both terminals have left-luggage facilities, eateries, ATMs and car-rental desks.

Transport Options

Taxis usually costs $80 to $90 to the city, more if you strike traffic.

SkyBus runs bright-red buses between the terminals and the city, every 10 to 15 minutes from 5.15am to 7pm and at least half-hourly through the night. Stops include Mt Eden Rd or Dominion Rd, Symonds St, Queen St and Britomart. Reservations are not required; buy a ticket from the driver, the airport kiosk or online. Small discount if you book online.

Super Shuttle is a convenient door-to-door shuttle charging $35 for one person heading between the airport and a city hotel; the price increases for outlying suburbs. Save money by sharing a shuttle. A lengthier alternative is to catch the 380 bus to Onehunga ($3.50, 30 minutes, at least hourly 7am to 7.30pm), where you can catch a train to Britomart in the city centre ($5.50, 27 minutes, half-hourly 6am to 10pm).

Bus

Coaches depart from 172 Quay St, opposite the Ferry Building, except for InterCity services, which depart from SkyCity Coach Terminal. Many southbound services also stop at the airport.

Go Kiwi offers daily Auckland City–Auckland Airport–Thames–Tairua–Hot Water Beach–Whitianga shuttles.

InterCity has direct services to Kerikeri (from $37, 4½ hours, three daily), Hamilton (from $16, two hours, 16 daily), New Plymouth (from $35, 6¼ hours, daily), Taupo (from $25, five hours, five daily) and Wellington (from $29, 11 hours, four daily).

Naked Bus (www.nakedbus.com) travels along SH1 as far north as Paihia ($25, four hours) and as far south as Wellington (from $25, 11 hours), as well as heading to Tauranga ($15, 3½ hours), Rotorua ($18, 3¾ hours) and Napier (from $24, 12 hours). Some services are operated by ManaBus (www.manabus.com).

Car, Caravan & Campervan

Hire

Auckland has many hire agencies around Beach Rd and Stanley St close to the city centre.

A2B Cheap older cars with no visible hire-car branding.

Apex Car Rentals

Budget

Escape Eccentrically painted campervans.

Go Rentals

Hertz

Jucy

Kea, Maui & Britz

NZ Frontiers

Omega

Quality

Thrifty

Wilderness Motorhomes

Purchase

Mechanical inspection services are on hand at secondhand car fairs, where sellers pay to display their cars.

Auckland Car Fair Auckland's largest car fair.

Auckland City Car Fair

Motorcycle

NZ Motorcycle Rentals Guided tours of NZ also available.

Train

Northern Explorer trains leave from Auckland Strand Station at 7.45am on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive in Wellington at 6.25pm. Stops include Hamilton (2½ hours), Otorohanga (three hours), Tongariro National Park (5½ hours), Ohakune (six hours), Palmerston North (8½ hours) and Paraparaumu (9¾ hours). Standard fares to Wellington range from $119 to $219.