New Zealand’s largest and most multicultural city and a Pacific centre, Auckland acts as many visitors’ gateway to the country. As a major local and international travel hub, Auckland has developed into a highly accessible city. Depending where you are departing from, you can fly, cruise, take a train or drive to this exciting city. Read the following descriptions of the air, water, rail and road transportation options to figure out the best way for you to get to Auckland.
Fly to Auckland
If you are overseas wishing to travel to Auckland or if you are in New Zealand looking for efficient transport, consider flying into Auckland. The Auckland International and Domestic Airport is a large well structured, world-class airport with a strong global reputation. It has welcomed millions of international travellers to Auckland on a variety of airlines, including New Zealand’s own carrier, Air New Zealand, as well as many others.
It is conveniently located just 21km south-west of the Auckland CBD at the edge of the Manukau Harbour in Mangere. Further, there are several methods for getting to and from this airport, including taxi, shuttle bus, rental vehicles, the Airbus and regular public transportation bus services. If you require assistance in planning further transportation, speak with one of the airport hospitality ambassadors, the Bluecoats, or visit one of the two in-airport iSite centres.
Cruise to Auckland
There is something truly beautiful about cruising to the City of Sails. There are several major cruise lines that bring tourists to Auckland each year; while some cruises only stop shortly in Auckland, many others start and finish in the city. Auckland is becoming increasingly more popular as a cruise destination; currently, major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean International, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Silversea, Celebrity Cruises and Crystal Cruises, among many others, travel to Auckland.
Find the cruise ship that suits your style, budget and travel plans. Then, marvel at the views of Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf’s other islands, of the rugged Waitakere Ranges and of the iconic Auckland city skyline and cruise toward Auckland’s shores. When you disembark at the Waitemata Harbour, you have downtown Auckland at your footsteps.
Take a Train to Auckland
If you are already in New Zealand’s North Island and want to get to Auckland, journeying by rail is an incredibly scenic, relaxing and stress-free way to travel. Operated by Tranz Scenic, The Overlander – A Journey through the Interior, travels throughout the North Island with the last stop in Wellington. Hop aboard this train to tour the North Island’s natural highlights, then hop off at Britomart, the major railway station in downtown Auckland. Without the worries of driving and navigating, you can sit back and focus on admiring the views of the spectacular landscapes.
Drive to Auckland
Take advantage of the scenic roads that connect New Zealand’s cities by driving your to Auckland. Hire a car or take your own and, depending where you’re leaving from, drive through stunning countryside, through native forests, along coastlines and/or through mountainous land. When following a self-drive touring route to Auckland, the journey is part of the fun.By Mary Anne Terry on March 14, 2012