Auckland is the economic heart of New Zealand, with a perfect location between Manukau Harbour to the west and Waitemata Harbour to the east. With its excellent beaches, museums, monuments, art galleries and one of the best coffees in the world, Auckland is the starting point when visiting New Zealand.
Most famous landmarks in Auckland
One of the city’s most prominent landmarks is the Sky Tower, which is 328 metres high. Visitors can enjoy the astonishing panoramic views from the observation deck, which they can reach by a glass elevator. The War Memorial Museum is an imposing Neoclassical building that features New Zealand history collection and national heritage. Then, there is the 182-metres high One Tree Hill within Cornwall Park, with a lone obelisk built at the top.
Bus, railway, ferry and car transportation
Auckland is the central transport hub in New Zealand. Visitors and locals can travel around by bus, train or ferry. The bus network is extensive and includes three types of busses.
The red CityLink buses will get you around the city centre, while the green InnerLink buses serve the inner city. To reach the inner suburbs, you can use the amber OuterLink buses.
A fast way to travel within Auckland is by train. They operate from Britomart or downtown Auckland to the western and eastern suburbs. The railway network includes four lines and 41 stations.
The ferry is one of the best sightseeing options. Just sit back and enjoy the incredible views of the Harbour. The main ferry terminal is a large orange building by the waterfront. Most ferries are wheelchair accessible, they have luggage storage facilities, and allow pets.
Renting a car in Auckland is excellent for exploring the city and the surrounding area. The campervans are especially popular among people who would like to taste New Zealand outside Auckland’s boundaries. The car rental rates depend on the season, the type of vehicle and the car rental company.
Around 40 taxi companies serve the city of Auckland. The taxi fare varies, but the maximum you can pay is displayed on the door. You can negotiate the price, but still, the meter should be on.
Auckland airport transfer alternatives
Auckland Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest in New Zealand. It is around 21 kilometres south of the Auckland city centre, near the residential suburb Mangere. AKL has two terminals, International and Domestic, which are 500 metres apart and connected by a free shuttle bus.
To travel from Auckland Airport to the city centre, you can use the Skybus. This public transport option that is available 24/7. You can buy tickets from the airport ticket kiosks. The Airporter 380 departs from both terminals and runs to Papatoetoe Train Station.
To ensure the highest standards, Auckland Airport licenses only selected taxi and shuttle companies. Airport taxis and shuttle ranks are located outside the arrival areas at both terminals.
To start your holiday in style, choose a private Auckland airport transfer. You can book the Auckland airport taxi in advance and have peace of mind that you will arrive safely. We will monitor your flight for delays and make sure the driver meets you at the arrival hall on time.
The taxi fare for a private airport transfer from Auckland airport to Auckland city centre starts from NZD 84 for two passengers. City Airport Taxis also offers transfers to Karekare, Mangere, Massey, Papakura and Pokeno.
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