Auckland Transport operated Metro buses which run from approximately 6.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. are the best way to get around the city. The buses have 3 routes – CityLink (red buses) within the CBD, the InnerLink (green buses) which is a circular route throughout central Auckland, and OuterLink (orange buses) that serve Auckland’s inner suburbs. For the CityLink buses the maximum fare is $1 NZD per adult, while fares for the other 2 routes range from $3 NZD – $10 NZD depending on the number of zones you travel.
Auckland’s train network has 4 lines that take you to South, East and West Auckland. Trains run every 10 minutes at rush hour, every 20 minutes at non-peak hours and every 30 minutes in the evenings and on weekends. Trains are a convenient option to commute to the major shopping destinations of Newmarket, Sylvia Park, New Lynn and Dress-Smart at Onehunga. Some of the other Auckland attractions such as Rainbows End Adventure Park and Auckland War Memorial Museum are also located close to train stations. Train fares are same as the buses fares and are priced basis the number of zones travelled.
To visit neighbourhoods like Devenport and Waiheke Island, you can use the city’s ferry system. Tickets can be purchased at the CBD’s Downtown Ferry Terminal. One-way adult fare starts at $6.50 NZD while a round-trip starts at $12.00 NZD.
There are a handful of taxi operators in Auckland charging varying rates. Typical rates start at $3.00 NZD, plus $3.00 NZD for every additional kilometres and $50.00 NZD for 1 hour waiting.
Driving your own vehicle is a good way to get around Auckland, especially if you plan to explore the neighbouring areas outside the city limits. Try to stay off the roads during the rush hours from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and remember that the Kiwis drive on the left side of the road.