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Auckland's public transport system is mostly organised by Auckland Transport, which has a unified ticketing system called the AT HOP card.

AT HOP Card

  • A reusable prepay smart card for travel on trains, ferries and buses around Auckland.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Load a concession for discounted fares
  • Eligible registered AT HOP users can enjoy free WiFi at train stations and selected bus stations and ferry terminals across Auckland (1 GB per day).

Costs

  • New card: 10 NZD (5 NZD for the card, 5 NZD minimum top-up.
  • Minimum top-up: 5 NZD

Using AT HOP

  • AT HOP requires you "tag on" when you board, then "tag off" when you leave.
  • Failing to "tag off" incurs a penalty.
  • If you have a negative balance, you cannot "tag on"

Adding credit

By bus

Central city buses

The LINK buses loop around the city anti-clockwise. There are three routes all at a reasonable price:

  • City LINK - Red, $0.50, every 7-10 minutes. This goes up and down Queen St.
  • Inner LINK - Green, $2, every 10-15 minutes. This goes around the CBD (Central Business Area) and out to New Market.
  • Outer LINK - Orange, $2 to $4, every 15 minutes. This goes up and down Queen St.

Buses going further

There are many other buses that go out to the suburbs, see the Auckland Transport (AT) website for more details. They have an online journey planner to calculate which bus services you need to catch, from where, to get to your destination.

Tip: Google maps directions work well with the Auckland Transport system. Additional Tip: Never trust google maps for transit!

By train

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 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.

By ferry

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 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.

By taxi

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 Uber, which also has a presence in Auckland.

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.

Name Phone Yelp[n 1] Flagfall Day Night[t 1] EFT[n 2] OGGB → MOTAT[n 3]
Auckland Co-op Taxis 300 3000 2.5Farm-Fresh-bullet-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-half-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.png (3 Reviews) $3.00 $2.60[t 2][t 3] $2.75[t 4] All $22.00
Corporate Cabs 377 0773 0Farm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.png (0 Reviews) $6.00 $2.83[t 5] $3.01[t 6] All $35.00-$40.00
VIP Cabs Limited 377 5050 Farm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.png (0 Reviews) $3.00 $3.10[t 7] Some $19.00
Dial A Cab Limited 355 3000 0Farm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.png (0 Reviews) $3.00 $2.99[t 8] $20.00
Green Cabs Limited 0508 447 336 4.5Farm-Fresh-bullet-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-half-star.png (2 Reviews) $3.00 $2.65[t 9] $2.80[t 10] All $25.00
ATS Auckland Taxi Service 845 4666 Farm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.pngFarm-Fresh-bullet-empty-star.png (0 Reviews) $2.99 $3.10[t 11] All $35.00-$40.00
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Notes

  1. Crowdsourced user reviews and recommendations at Yelp.co.nz
  2. Shows whether All, Some, or None of the company's taxis have EFT-POS available within the cabs.
  3. A rough estimate was requested by ᏜᏠᎶᏠᏑ via telephone on 31-Dec, for the Penguin Dinner on Wednesday 14th Jan at 6pm, one-way, for 2 passengers.

Tariffs and Times

  1. Please note that night tariffs are generally more expensive than day rates, due to the additional risk to drivers.
  2. Auckland Co-op Taxis Tariff 1: 5am - 7pm Mon-Fri
  3. Auckland Co-op Taxis Tariff 2: Special rate for cardholder / members only
  4. Auckland Co-op Taxis Tariff 3: 7pm - 5am Mon-Sun
  5. Corporate Cabs Tariff 1: 5am - 7pm Mon-Fri
  6. Corporate Cabs Tariff 2: All other times
  7. VIP Cabs Limited Single Tariff: No extra charge for after-hours travel
  8. Dial A Cab Limited Single Tariff: No extra charge for after-hours travel
  9. Green Cabs Limited Tariff 1: 5am - 7pm Mon-Fri
  10. Green Cabs Limited Tariff 2: 7pm - 5am Mon-Sun
  11. ATS Auckland Taxi Service Single Tariff: No extra charge for after-hours travel

By bicycle

lanes, tracks, repairs, racks

Renting bikes


Cycleaways

There are a number of bike tracks around and near the city, and the Grafton Gully Cycleway runs next door to the venue and the Beach Road cycleway is nearby too. Please take care cycling around the city, and obey the road rules *including* traffic lights. We have had a number of fatalities when cyclists have run red lights and ended up under trucks.

You can take your bike, subject to space available, on the ferries across to the North Shore or one of the islands, for no extra cost, but you cannot take a bike (unless it collapses very small) on a regular bus.


By alternate means

booking, timetables, fares

By car

car rental, petrol stations, parking, road rules, safety

Parking at venue

The building we are using at the University of Auckland (OGGB) has a 5 level 1000 park carpark in the basement. General parking rates apply.


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.

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? :-)