Air

The major domestic services flying to/from Auckland include the following:

Air New Zealand Flies to Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Air Chathams Flies to Whakatane, Whanganui and the Chatham Islands.

Barrier Air Flies to Great Barrier Island (Claris and Okiwi) and Kaitaia.

FlyMySky Flies to Claris, Great Barrier Island.

Jetstar Flies to Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Nelson and Napier.

Bicycle

Auckland Transport publishes free cycle maps, available from public buildings such as stations, libraries and i-SITEs. Bikes can be taken on most ferries and trains for free (dependent on available space), but only folding bikes are allowed on buses.

Adventure Cycles hires road, mountain and touring bikes, runs a buy-back scheme and does repairs.

Boat

Auckland's Edwardian baroque Ferry Building sits grandly at the end of Queen St. Ferry services are run by Fullers (to Bayswater, Birkenhead, Devonport, Great Barrier Island, Half Moon Bay, Northcote Point, Motuihe, Motutapu, Rangitoto and Waiheke) and 360 Discovery (to Coromandel, Gulf Harbour, Motuihe, Rotoroa and Tiritiri Matangi). Both leave from an adjacent pier.

Sealink ferries to Great Barrier Island leave from Wynyard Wharf, along with some car ferries to Waiheke, but most of the Waiheke car ferries leave from Half Moon Bay in east Auckland.

Bus

Bus routes spread their tentacles throughout the city and you can purchase a ticket from the driver. Some bus stops have electronic displays giving an estimate of waiting times, but be warned, they are often inaccurate.

Single-ride fares in the inner city are $3.50/2 (adult/child). If you’re travelling further afield, there are fare stages from $5.50/3 to $11/6.

The most useful services are the environmentally friendly Link Buses that loop in both directions around three routes (taking in many of the major sights) from 7am to 11pm:

City Link (adult/child $1/50c, every seven to 10 minutes) Wynyard Quarter, Britomart, Queen St, Karangahape Rd.

Inner Link (adult/child $3.50/2, every 10 to 15 minutes) Queen St, SkyCity, Victoria Park, Ponsonby Rd, Karangahape Rd, Museum, Newmarket, Parnell and Britomart.

Outer Link (maximum $5.50, every 15 minutes) Art Gallery, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Westmere, MOTAT 2, Pt Chevalier, Mt Albert, St Lukes Mall, Mt Eden, Newmarket, Museum, Parnell, University.

Car & Motorcycle

Auckland’s motorways jam badly at peak times, particularly the Northern and Southern Motorways. It’s best to avoid them between 7am and 9am, and from 4pm to 7pm. Things also get tight around 3pm during term time, which is the end of the school day.

Expect to pay for parking in central Auckland from 8am to 10pm. Most parking meters are pay-and-display and take coins and credit cards; display tickets inside your windscreen. City fringe parking is free on Sundays.

Prices can be steep at parking buildings. Better value are the council-run, open-air car parks near the old train station at 126 Beach Rd ($8 per day) and on Ngaoho Pl, off the Strand ($7 per day).

Public Transport

The Auckland Transport information service covers buses, trains and ferries, and has an excellent trip-planning feature.

Auckland’s public transport system is run by a hodgepodge of different operators, but there is now an integrated AT HOP smartcard (www.athop.co.nz), which provides discounts of at least 20% on most buses, trains and ferries. AT HOP cards cost $10 (nonrefundable), so are really only worthwhile if you're planning an extended stay in Auckland. An AT HOP day pass costs $18 and provides a day's transport on most trains and buses and on North Shore ferries.

Taxi

Auckland’s many taxis usually operate from ranks, but they also cruise popular areas. Auckland Co-op Taxis is one of the biggest companies. Cab companies set their own fares, so there's some variance in rates. There’s a surcharge for transport to and from the airport and cruise ships, and for phone orders. Uber also operates in Auckland.

Train

Auckland’s train services are limited and infrequent but the trains are generally clean, cheap and on time – although any hiccup on the lines can bring down the entire network.

Impressive Britomart train station has food retailers, foreign-exchange facilities and a ticket office. Downstairs there are left-luggage lockers.

There are just four train routes. One heads west to Swanson, while the other three head south, terminating in Onehunga, Manukau and Pukekohe. Services are at least hourly from around 6am to 10pm (later on the weekends). Buy a ticket from machines or ticket offices at train stations. All trains have wheelchair ramps.