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How To Reach Auckland
The city of Auckland is one of the most popular and populated cities in New Zealand. The city is quite modern and at the same time surrounded by the pristine environment of New Zealand. There are numerous harbours surrounding the city and Auckland also houses New Zealand’s busiest airport. The Auckland Airport handled around 10,594,128 international passengers in the year 2017 alone and is one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economy. Auckland’s harbours are also some of the busiest in the country handling more than 100 ships every year. Plenty of passenger and cargo ships travel to the city from all the parts of the world. Auckland is New Zealand’s gateway for the rest of the world. With plenty of options to get here, Auckland is one of the most easily accessible cities in the country. Here's how to reach it.
Auckland houses New Zealand’s most popular and busiest airport, the Auckland Airport located in the southern region of the city. The Auckland airport is one of the easiest to access with flights from all over the world plying to the city almost every day. There are several flights to Auckland from most major cities in India like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, etc. There are no direct flights from India as most of the flights have stop-overs at cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane. Most flights take a minimum of 18 and a half hours to reach Auckland from India. Prices are completely dependent on the airlines and the date of travel. The prices of flights tend to stay high throughout the summer months of New Zealand (December to February) while autumn (March to May) is slightly cheaper. While travelling to Auckland is important to note that all Indian Citizens are required to carry a visa permit to enter New Zealand and applications can be made online.
The Auckland Airport is serviced by a variety of public transport systems. The airport has a transfer service, SkyBus that operates 24 hours every day. The SkyBus service operates on two major routes, the Mt Eden route and the Dominion Road route and this allows passengers to get to numerous locations in the city. The fare is nominal and is usually $18 per adult. The airport also has taxi and shuttle services accessible inside the terminal. One can either book online or get to the ranks in the terminal and book at the spot as taxis are always available. The airport also has car rental services located inside the terminal and visitors opting to rent a car are requested to note the driving instructions and rules for the country.
Auckland’s harbours are some of the busiest in the world and there are plenty of ships from all around the world arriving here. There are no direct ships or cruises that leave from India to Auckland although there are freighters that travel to Auckland from Mumbai on a regular basis. While sometimes these freighters allow passengers to travel along, it is usually restricted to cargo only. There are plenty of ferry services to Auckland from other parts of New Zealand that visitors can avail.
The city of Auckland being one of the major economic hubs in New Zealand, is well connected to all parts of the country. The city is linked to all major locations in the north island via road. While all roads are well maintained, they are relatively narrow and more winding. Most roads have two-lanes, one for each direction. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that driving is on the left side in New Zealand. There are plenty of public buses to Auckland from most major destinations in the north island like Wellington, Hamilton, Napier and Rotorua. There are also trains that travel to the city on a regular basis from all parts of the north island.
Getting around in the city is very easy with plenty of public transport options and rentals available all across the city. There are also bicycle rentals that visitors can access all around the city.