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{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
 
{{Trail|About|Auckland}}
Auckland's public transport system is mostly organised by [https://at.govt.nz Auckland Transport], which has a unified ticketing system called the [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/at-hop-card AT HOP card].
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There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:<br/>
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*Spark (was Telecom/XT) http://www.spark.co.nz/<br/>
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*Vodafone http://www.vodafone.co.nz/<br/>
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*2 degrees http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/<br/>
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*Virtual network operator Skinny https://www.skinny.co.nz/<br/>
  
== AT HOP Card ==
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All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).<br/>
* A reusable prepay smart card for travel on trains, ferries and buses around Auckland.
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All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.<br/>
* Save money on fares - at least 20% discount off adult single trip cash fares (excludes NiteRider and Airbus Express bus services and Waiheke ferry services).
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*lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz<br/>
* Free City LINK buses - AT HOP cards travel free on red City LINK buses as long as you have a positive or zero balance, otherwise you need to pay the cash fare.
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** Very Limited 700MHz at present<br/><br/>
* Load a concession for discounted fares
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* Eligible registered AT HOP users can enjoy [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/at-hop-card/at-hop-wifi free WiFi] at train stations and selected bus stations and ferry terminals across Auckland (1 GB per day).
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=== Costs ===
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== 2Degrees ==
* New card: 10 NZD (5 NZD for the card, 5 NZD minimum top-up.
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* Minimum top-up: 5 NZD
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=== Using AT HOP ===
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* No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
* AT HOP requires you "tag on" when you board, then "tag off" when you leave.
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* SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
* Failing to "tag off" incurs a penalty.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
* If you have a negative balance, you cannot "tag on"
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
  
=== Adding credit ===
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Prepaid:
* [https://at.govt.nz/myat/ Online]
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* At train stations and the northern busway
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* At ferry ticket offices
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* [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/at-hop/at-hop-help/ AT Customer Service Centres]
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* [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/at-hop/get-a-card/find-a-retailer-or-buy-a-card-online/ AT HOP retailers]
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== By bus ==
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/prepay/pricing/plus/value-packs/carryover-combo 19 NZD: Carryover]
=== Central city buses ===
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** 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
The [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/bus-services/link-bus-service/ LINK buses] loop around the city anti-clockwise.  There are three routes all at a reasonable price:
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** Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
* City LINK - Red, $0.50, every 7-10 minutes.  This goes up and down Queen St.
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** 500MB data
* Inner LINK - Green, $2, every 10-15 minutes.  This goes around the CBD (Central Business Area) and out to New Market.
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** 30 day expiry
* Outer LINK - Orange, $2 to $4, every 15 minutes.  This goes up and down Queen St.
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=== Buses going further ===
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There are many other buses that go out to the suburbs, see the [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/ Auckland Transport (AT) website] for more details. They have an online [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/journey-planner journey planner] to calculate which bus services you need to catch, from where, to get to your destination.
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'''Tip:''' Google maps directions work well with the Auckland Transport system.
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* [http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/mobile-data/zone-data-packs NZ$99 for 12GB ]
Additional Tip: Never trust google maps for transit!
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== By train ==
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Activating the SIM:
Cash payments are no longer processed on board the train, so you will have to purchase your ticket before you get on a train. See the [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/train-services Auckland Transport (AT) website] for more details. The nearest train station to the LCA venue is Britmart, which is 1.348kms away, or 20 mins walk from the OGGB, located at the bottom of Queen Street.
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== By ferry ==
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There are several ferry operators available in Auckland, and you will need to locate the appropriate ticketing office for the service you wish to use. See the [https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/ferry-services Auckland Transport (AT) website] for more details. The nearest ferry terminal to the LCA venue is 1.6km away, or 23 mins walk from the OGGB, located at the bottom of Queen Street, beyond Britomart, and out onto Quay Street.
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== By taxi ==
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There are many taxi companies available in Auckland, and you can hail a cab right off the street, walk to your nearest taxi rank, or call and book a cab by telephone. Some taxi companies allow you to book online, some have smartphone apps, and there are independent apps as well, that aren't tied to any particular taxi company. Then there's [[wikipedia:Uber_(company)|Uber]], which also has a presence in Auckland.
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CCTV cameras have become compulsory in taxi cabs throughout NZ since 1 August 2011, so expect to be under surveillance at all times in your cab.
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* Insert the SIM in the phone
{| class="wikitable sortable"
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* Make sure the correct network is selected
!Name!!Phone!!Yelp<ref group="n">Crowdsourced user reviews and recommendations at [https://yelp.co.nz Yelp.co.nz]</ref>!!Flagfall!!Day||Night<ref group="t">Please note that night tariffs are generally more expensive than day rates, due to the additional risk to drivers.</ref>!!EFT<ref group="n">Shows whether ''All'', ''Some'', or ''None'' of the company's taxis have EFT-POS available within the cabs.</ref>||OGGB → MOTAT<ref group="n">A rough estimate was requested by [[User:Augur_.|<font color="#703931">'''ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ'''</font>]] via telephone on 31-Dec, for the Penguin Dinner on Wednesday 14<sup>th</sup> Jan at 6pm, one-way, for 2 passengers.</ref>
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* Call 200
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* First do a top-up (1). Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
|[http://www.cooptaxi.co.nz Auckland Co-op Taxis]||300 3000||<span style="display:none;">2.5</span><span class="plainlinks">{{fs}}{{fs}}{{hs}}{{es}}{{es}} [http://www.yelp.co.nz/biz/auckland-cooperative-taxi-society-auckland (3 Reviews)]</span>||$3.00||$2.60<ref group="t">'''Auckland Co-op Taxis Tariff 1:''' 5am - 7pm Mon-Fri</ref><ref group="t">'''Auckland Co-op Taxis Tariff 2:''' Special rate for cardholder / members only</ref>||$2.75<ref group="t">'''Auckland Co-op Taxis Tariff 3:''' 7pm - 5am Mon-Sun</ref>||All||$22.00
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* You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
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* You get a text message confirming it.
|[http://www.corporatecabs.co.nz Corporate Cabs]||377 0773||<span style="display:none;">0</span><span class="plainlinks">{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}} [http://www.yelp.co.nz/biz/corporate-cabs-auckland (0 Reviews)]</span>||$6.00||$2.83<ref group="t">'''Corporate Cabs Tariff 1:''' 5am - 7pm Mon-Fri</ref>||$3.01<ref group="t">'''Corporate Cabs Tariff 2:''' All other times</ref>||All||$35.00-$40.00
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* Add a combo pack or data pack
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* You get a text message confirming it.
|[http://www.vipcabs.co.nz VIP Cabs Limited]||377 5050||<span style="display:none;"></span><span class="plainlinks">{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}} [http://www.yelp.co.nz (0 Reviews)]</span>||$3.00||$3.10<ref group="t">'''VIP Cabs Limited Single Tariff:''' No extra charge for after-hours travel</ref>|| ||Some||$19.00
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|[http://www.dialacab.co.nz Dial A Cab Limited]||355 3000||<span style="display:none;">0</span><span class="plainlinks">{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}} [http://www.yelp.co.nz/biz/dial-a-cab-auckland (0 Reviews)]</span>||$3.00||$2.99<ref group="t">'''Dial A Cab Limited Single Tariff:''' No extra charge for after-hours travel</ref>|| || ||$20.00
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|-
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|[http://www.greencabs.co.nz Green Cabs Limited]||0508 447 336||<span style="display:none;">4.5</span><span class="plainlinks">{{fs}}{{fs}}{{fs}}{{fs}}{{hs}} [http://www.yelp.co.nz/biz/green-cabs-auckland (2 Reviews)]</span>||$3.00||$2.65<ref group="t">'''Green Cabs Limited Tariff 1:''' 5am - 7pm Mon-Fri</ref>||$2.80<ref group="t">'''Green Cabs Limited Tariff 2:''' 7pm - 5am Mon-Sun</ref>||All||$25.00
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|-
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|[http://www.aucklandtaxiservice.co.nz ATS Auckland Taxi Service]||845 4666||<span style="display:none;"></span><span class="plainlinks">{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}}{{es}} [http://www.yelp.co.nz (0 Reviews)]</span>||$2.99||$3.10<ref group="t">'''ATS Auckland Taxi Service Single Tariff:''' No extra charge for after-hours travel</ref>|| ||All||$35.00-$40.00
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|}
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{| class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed wikitable"
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!Table information
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|-
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=== Notes ===
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<references group="n" />
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=== Tariffs and Times ===
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Note: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call.  So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...
<references group="t" />
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|}
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== By bicycle ==
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Other note: They also have a captive portal that allows you to sign up.  However, this website is not mobile-friendly.  Additionally, on Android, if you rotate the phone you have to start again, and the zoom function is disabled/stuck. Do it over the phone instead.
lanes, tracks, repairs, racks
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== By alternate means ==
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booking, timetables, fares
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== By car ==
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car rental, petrol stations, parking, road rules, safety
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=== Parking at venue ===
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The building we are using at the University of Auckland (OGGB) has a 5 level 1000 park carpark in the basement. General [https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/the-university/how-university-works/campuses-locations-transport/campus-parking-options.html parking rates] apply.
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== Skinny ==
  
However there is basically no "all week" parking for those driving in from out of town for the whole conference and wanting to leave their car somewhere for the whole week of the conference.  The limited "student parking" that the residences have is all taken by summer students already (confirmed by University of Auckland accommodation team 2014-11-17).  All the surrounding streets are time limited parking at least during the day.  There is no known "rent for just one week, at a week rate" parking buildings/locations nearby.
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
  
If you are planning on driving from out of town your best option is probably to park in one of the outer suburbs (outside all the parking restrictions) at the start of the week, then take public transport back into the centre (for the university).  Possibly near where a friend, or extended family member lives, so they can check on your car periodically; if you don't know anyone in Auckland maybe you can make a friend on the LCA2015 chat list? :-)
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'''Note''' Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.
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== Spark (Telecom / XT) ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.  Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
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* UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
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* GSM NOT AVAILABLE
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.
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'''Note''' Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29
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'''Note''' Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have '''NO''' 2G Network
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== Vodafone ==
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* Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
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* GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
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* UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100
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Prepaid:
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'''Note''' Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website
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== Roaming with an Australian Telco ==
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* Optus post-paid mobiles allegedly have a $10/day travel pack option which can be activated online, giving unlimited talk and SMS plus 50MB data/day.  This is markedly (exponentially?) cheaper than the standard roaming rateSee http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/postpaid#add-roaming for details, or http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephones/international-roaming/data-roaming#add-roaming if you only want data and don't care about talk/SMS.
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* Telstra has something similar - see https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/international-roaming#intravelpass.
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* So does Vodafone: http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/international-roaming
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* Don't accidentally use roaming data without getting some sort of travel pack active first.  You will almost certainly regret it.
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* Picking up a New Zealand SIM will probably still work out cheaper than roaming travel packs, especially if you only really care about data.

Revision as of 23:39, 7 January 2015

< Main Page < About < Auckland

There are 3 major mobile network operators in New Zealand:

All offer pre-paid SIM cards which can be easily obtained and require no paperwork or registration (you can pick one up in the airport just after you get through customs).
All operators now offer 4G in limited areas, which should cover most of Auckland CBD.

  • lte-fd 4g 700, 1800 MHz
    • Very Limited 700MHz at present


2Degrees

  • No store in Airport -- free SIM cards are available on the Airbus
  • SIM sizes: SIM+MicroSIM, and NanoSIM.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100

Prepaid:

  • 19 NZD: Carryover
    • 100 minutes of calls to phones in NZ and AU
    • Unlimited SMS to phones in NZ and AU
    • 500MB data
    • 30 day expiry

Activating the SIM:

  • Insert the SIM in the phone
  • Make sure the correct network is selected
  • Call 200
  • First do a top-up (1). Minimum amount is 20 NZD, done by credit card
  • You probably don't want to have them save your credit card details, otherwise the combo pack will automatically renew when you leave.
  • You get a text message confirming it.
  • Add a combo pack or data pack
  • You get a text message confirming it.

Note: Their IVR doesn't update with your current balance while you're still on the line -- the balance is from when you started the call. So you top up your account, and then you get told that you have "0 Dollars"...

Other note: They also have a captive portal that allows you to sign up. However, this website is not mobile-friendly. Additionally, on Android, if you rotate the phone you have to start again, and the zoom function is disabled/stuck. Do it over the phone instead.

Skinny

  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE

Note Skinny also does a competitive package, with $4 for a sim that comes loaded with calling time (within ANZ), texts and mobile data.

Spark (Telecom / XT)

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area. Marked as "Telecom" in Airport maps.
  • UMTS (3G) 850 / 2100
  • GSM NOT AVAILABLE

Prepaid:

Note Spark Travellers SIM for $49 is similar to the Vodafone offering.

Note Spark (Telecom NZ/XT) does have 1GB data on WiFi per day across NZ starting at $29

Note Spark / Skinny share the same broadcast frequencies and have NO 2G Network


Vodafone

  • Store in the international terminal, in the arrivals area.
  • GSM (2G) 900 / 1800
  • UMTS (3G) 900 / 2100

Prepaid:

Note Vodafone Travellers SIM for $49 with 2GB Data, and for a lot of our attendees from outside of ANZ it will probably include minutes to call home. Check your countries Vodafone website


Roaming with an Australian Telco