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Auckland is quite an expansive city and so hiring a car is a good idea. The roads are well signposted and motorists are courteous so driving in the city is fairly hassle free, although the downtown area gets very busy in rush hour so is best avoided at these times. Parking in the centre can be a problem, though the 24-hour car parks ease matters somewhat (located on Albert Street, Customs Street West and Beresford Street). We used Ace Rental Cars for our stay with no problems; beware some companies charge extra for drivers under 25.

  Another convenient way to get around the city is by bicycle. There is a sign-posted cycle route running for 31 miles along the waterfront and around the city and we found this a brilliant way to move around easily and get the most out of the scenery. We used Auckland Cycle Hire, which is located in downtown Auckland, open 7 days a week and provides helmets and locks.

As far as buses go, there is a ‘loop-route’ bus service called ‘The Link’ that travels around the city. We bought Auckland Discovery Day Passes, which give unlimited travel on most buses, trains and inner harbour ferries. A lot of buses run from the terminal on Commerce St, but it is worth picking up a bus route timetable from the terminal or visitor’s centre on Queen Street. There are several private taxi companies in Auckland too, with ranks situated around the city. They can be booked by telephone or hailed in the street. Auckland also runs a metro service which links up the inner city with the suburbs.

Ferries operate 7 days a week, travelling from the terminal on Quay Street, linking up with the suburbs of Bayswater, Birkenhead, Devonport, and Stanley Bay. For an excellent day trip you could take a ferry to visit the nearby island of Rangitoto, which is only 45 minutes away.






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