Auckland’s transport systems are comprehensive, with buses, ferries, trains, shuttles and taxis providing access to all corners of the region.
There are a number of different transport options you can make use of while you are in Auckland for the Games.
Click here for your venue specific Transport Information Guide.
AUCKLAND AIRPORT TO THE CITY
Auckland’s international and domestic airport terminals are located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Auckland. Regular shuttles, transfers, private transport and bus services are all available 24 hours, seven days a week.
World Masters Games partner, Super Shuttle are waiting outside the door at both the domestic and international terminals at all major airports across NZ including Auckland Airport. With room for 11 passengers, they use the bus lanes so can take you right to your door quickly. Plus, they have a luggage trailer that can help with the sports gear! Ride sharing means lower cost (eg with the WMG2017 discount applied, three people travelling together pay just over $15 each Auckland Airport to CBD), and the fare is fixed.
As a World Masters Games partner, it’s even cheaper than usual to travel from 14 April through to 1 May. By entering the code WMG2017 on the Super Shuttle website, you’ll receive the WMG2017 discount. Of course, you can also book exclusive use of a shuttle just for your group’s airport transfer (or to the games) to ensure you all travel together, and still enjoy that luggage trailer.
SkyBus provides a regular bus service from the international and domestic terminals to the centre city via either Mt Eden Road or Dominion Road. WMG2017 participants will receive a special discounted price when booking tickets online. Simply enter the code WMG2017 on the SkyBus website, and the discount will be applied to your order. Please note this discount only applies when you book your tickets online, it is not availbale on tickets purchased in person.
Taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals area at the international terminal and outside the luggage collection area at the domestic terminal. Uber also operates in New Zealand.
The i-SITE Visitor Information Centres in the international and domestic terminals have more information about getting to your destination from the airport.
Click here for our Auckland Airport Transport Information Guide. It explains all of your options for getting to and from the airport during Games time.
DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND
In New Zealand, all vehicles drive on the left. That means visitors from some countries might need a bit of adjustment, while English and Australians will feel right at home.
Hiring a car is straightforward in Auckland, and throughout most of New Zealand. Most major rental car companies have depots at Auckland Airport and in downtown Auckland, with a wide range of vehicles available for hire. More details are available on the Tourism Auckland website.
A travel advisory has been developed to assist with planning your travel to New Zealand for the Games. It has been provided for information only and any specific individual requirements need to be discussed with the relevant agency.
The Travel Advisory has been updated as of 21 November 2016. There have been some changes to the visa waiver status for South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles nationals. Please make sure you review the new content in the Travel Advisory (changes in red text), and if you have any queries relating to this, please contact us at WMG2017-NZVisas@mbie.govt.nz.
Please click here for the advisory.
Please click here for your guide to keeping safe in New Zealand.
Auckland Transport is the public transport provider for Auckland. A number of the venues are easily accessible by public transport and we recommend you investigate this option due to limited parking at some of the venues. To help plan the journey from your accommodation to your venue you can use the Auckland Transport Journey Planner. Transport information guides will also be available in 2017 which will highlight the recommended route or routes to your venue.
All Silver and Gold package holders will receive an AT HOP card which will provide 14 days of free access to the Auckland region’s public transport network.
Bronze package holders will be able to use their existing AT HOP card or purchase a new one to make use of the public transport network. Click here to find out how to purchase an AT HOP card.
GAMES SPECIFIC SHUTTLES
Shuttles are available for Gold and Silver package holders to some of the more difficult to reach venues. For some sports, the shuttles go directly from central Auckland to the venue while others run a loop from the local transport hub to the venue. See the table below for details of which venues have a shuttle service or check our FAQs. Further details about the shuttles will be provided in 2017 when the transport information guides are released.
These shuttles are not available to Bronze package holders and you will need to make alternative travel arrangements such as using public transport or driving. Please note that some of the venues are not accessible by public transport. If you would like to make use of the games specific shuttles you can upgrade to a Silver or Gold package by logging in to your account and making the change.
REGISTRATION TRANSPORT INCLUSIONS
Free access (for a period of 14 days) to four Inner Harbour routes: Devonport, Stanley Bay, Birkenhead/Northcote Point and Bayswater.
One single return trip to Waiheke Island.
Gold and Silver
An AT HOP card enabling 14 days of free access to the Auckland region's bus and train public transport.
Access to Games specific shuttle services where Games venues are not serviced by public transport.
No transport inclusions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please click here for a list of frequently asked transport questions. This list will continue to be added to as transport options are finalised..