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Public Transport
Public transport information is available by calling 366 6400.

Auckland By Train
The inner city train service in Auckland is quite limited and that is why most people use the buses. There are two main lines, one runs west to Waitakere and the other travels south to Papakura. The train station is located on Beach Road. Ride Link (09 366 6400)

One of New Zealand 's three remaining passenger train routes runs from Auckland to Wellington and this is a very pleasant journey – by far the best way of covering the distance. The train is comfortable and the scenery beautiful. However, the service has now been reduced to one train per day and is quite expensive. The Overlander runs during daylight hours.

Auckland By Bus
The main downtown bus service is located on Commerce street, however not all buses leave from here. Local timetables can be picked up at the bus terminal, information centres and most newsagents.

The best way to get around the CBD in Auckland, and the cheapest, is the city circuit buses. They are free and operate every 10 minutes. You can go from Britomart, through Queen Street, past Albert Park and the university and past the Sky Tower. You can hop on and off at 9 city stops, just look for the red city circuit buses or some normal buses that have the city circuit sign on them.

The Auckland Explorer Bus is a sightseeing bus that takes in the main attractions that includes Kellys Tarlton's Antartic Encounter, Parnell Village, Auckland Museum and operates as a hop on hop off service. Central pickup points are the Ferry building, Civic Theatre and at the Sky Tower.

There are several types of coach passes available from Auckland – not only those issued by InterCity, but several offered by combinations of smaller companies. Some of these, in particular, are good value if they fit your traveling plans and they can be 24 hour trips or up to 12 days of seeing New Zealand, depending on your time frame and budget.

Auckland by Car
Car hire is very popular in New Zealand as most people like to get out and do their own thing when it comes to touring the beautiful countryside. All the major companies have branches in Auckland, including Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Some of the companies rent out camper vans as well.

Auckland by Taxi
There are many taxi ranks in and around the city centre, or you can flag one down if you see and empty one. However, sometimes it is easier just to telephone for one. The major taxi company in Auckland is Auckland Taxi Co Op (09 300 3000)

Auckland by Ferry
Fullers are the major ferry company in Auckland and they operate out of the Auckland Harbour. The ferries provide services to most of the islands and regular trips to Devonport, Stanley Head, Birkenhead and Bayswater. Fullers (09 367 9111).

Water taxis
Water taxis area based in the Viaduct and a good way to cross to Devonport and visit some of the islands.

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