You’ll most likely fly into Auckland International Airport. Auckland Airport is about 20 km south of the center of Auckland. There are plenty of options for getting into the city.
Bus: SkyBus is the simplest way to get into the heart of the city by bus. It runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It goes straight to the centre of Auckland and stops near most major city hotels, hostels and transport hubs. No booking is required. Buy tickets ($18) at the airport, or you can save money by buying SkyBus Online.
The Airporter 380 runs from the airport to Papatoetoe and Onehunga Train Stations. This can be useful if it’s rush hour and you don’t mind transferring to the train - it’ll help you beat the traffic! (There’s no train directly from Auckland Airport)
There are also other buses from Auckland Airport to the city, such as Intercity. These are great options if you’d like to get further afield than central Auckland as you can book directly from the airport to other NZ locations.
Auckland Airport Super Shuttle: The Auckland Airport Super Shuttle is a convenient door-to-door service. It’s a great option if you’re travelling in a group. It’s comfortable and with smaller groups it’s almost as fast, but much cheaper than a taxi. It costs $35 for the first person and $8 per extra person in your group. No need to book in advance as they are outside every major airport in New Zealand.
Rental car: If you plan on renting a car you need an official translation of you drivers licence if it is not already in English. There are plenty of rental car options in NZ: for example, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. They all offer online or over-the-phone booking so you can book in advance. Simply arrive (with your Drivers Licence in English), find your kiosk in the Arrivals Lounge and they’ll take care of you.
Do remember that driving after a long flight is dangerous. So, if you’re coming off a long-haul flight, a better option could be to pick up your rental car the next day after you’ve had a rest.
Taxi: Taxi’s into the city cost around NZ$75 – NZ$90. This is the most expensive, but most convenient option. To find a taxi, follow the signs to the taxi rank from Arrivals.
Uber: Uber drivers aren’t officially allowed to pick people up from Auckland Airport because of licensing reasons, but they sometimes do it anyway. Login to the Uber App when you arrive and see if it’s available.
Now you’ve got your transport sorted. Get it touch with us to help you plan your first night in New Zealand.
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