Find out about using public transport within New Zealand by clicking 'read more' on your chosen city.


Auckland’s downtown area is compact and walkable, but its natural beauty lies outside the city centre. 

The  is Auckland's prepay transport card; it will save you money on transport if you're planning to be in the city for a few days.

  •  connect all parts of the city and run frequently, especially on weekdays. Fares start from NZ$1 cash per segment (or NZ$0.50 with ATHop).
  •  service some central, southern and western suburbs. Fares start at NZ$2.50 per stage (NZ$1.80 with ATHop).
  •  run between downtown Auckland, the North Shore and East Auckland, as well as Auckland’s islands. Fares cost from NZ$6.20 cash (NZ$4.50 with ATHop). Note that ATHop is not valid on all ferry services.
  • From Auckland Airport, the  costs NZ$16 into the city.  are also available, costing from NZ$35.


Download the AT Public Transport app to plan your journey, see fares and get real time updates on when your transport will arrive.



Being a flat city, Christchurch is a popular place to cycle, with dedicated cycle lanes throughout the CBD. 

  •  link all central suburbs along with the outer areas of Rangiora, Waikuku Beach and Burnham. Fares start from $1.80 cash, or NZ$1.25 with a Metrocard.
  •  services run between Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour, and cost NZ$12.40 return.
  • From Christchurch Airport,  offer regular trips into town for NZ$8 one way.  are also available.
  • More of a historical activity than a form of transport, Christchurch Attractions allows you to tour the city on a restored tram. Tickets are NZ$25 per adult. Children under 15 ride for free.


Wellington’s compact CBD makes it a great place to walk! But there are also plenty of public transport options. To pay your fare on Wellington's transport network, you can use cash or a range of  (depending on which bus company you'll be using). See  for more information.

  •  is comprehensive, linking all suburbs with the Central Business District. Fares start from NZ$2.00 cash for a single zone. 
  •  connect downtown Wellington with the wider region, as far north as Masterton and Waikanae. Fares start from NZ$2.50 cash for a single zone.
  • Ferry services leave from downtown Queens Wharf and travel to Seatoun, Matiu/Somes Island and Days Bay, costing NZ$11 one way. 
  • From Wellington Airport, the  bus travels to town and beyond, costing from NZ$9.00.  are available too.
  •  takes passengers from downtown up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. It’s one of Wellington’s most popular attractions, offering stunning views of the city and costing just NZ$9 one way. 


If you’re staying in Queenstown and are planning to do adventure activities or tours, your provider may offer a shuttle service. Check when you book.

  • The connects central Queenstown with the airport and Queenstown’s surrounding towns, including Arrowtown with a flat rate $2 fare across the network for passengers who buy a GoCard onboard. Cash fares are $5, or $10 to/from Queenstown Airport.
  •  link the town with the Frankton arm of the lake, near the Hilton Hotel, and costs NZ$10 one way.
  • For skiers, there are shuttles available for , , and . Treble Cone promotes a  system.


  •  link downtown and its surrounding suburbs, with fares beginning at NZ$2.20 cash, or NZ$1.92 with a . 
  • From Dunedin Airport, regional buses like  can provide transport if booked in advance.  are also available, costing from NZ$30.


Many of Rotorua’s main attractions are outside the city centre. If you don’t have a vehicle, you may find it easiest to take a shuttle (like Geyser link or Thermal Shuttle) between attractions.

  •  operate around the city centre and connect with the leisure park area of Ngongotaha. Fares start from NZ$2.60 (or $1.84 with a ).
  • From Rotorua Airport,  takes passengers into town for NZ$2.60.  are available, starting from NZ$21 to town.
  •  offer scheduled water taxis to Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera for NZ$25 per person.


  •  run the full breadth of the city from downtown to Te Awa shopping area and the Hamilton Gardens. Fares start from NZ$3.30 cash or NZ$2.40 with a  card.
  • are available from Hamilton Airport, and cost from NZ$33 to get downtown.
  •  is a cycleway and walkway that runs the length of the city, following the Waikato River.

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