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.

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.

Additionally, we recommend you visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website and Drive Safe New Zealand for further information about driving on New Zealand roads.

TRAVEL ADVISORY

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.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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

Gold only

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.

Bronze

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.

TRAVEL TIMES

Please use the table below to assess the approximate travel times to all the WMG2017 venues. Further information will be provided in 2017 when the transport information guides are released.

Important Note:

  • 'Walk' means a section of the journey involves a minimum 10 minutes walking from a train station or bus stop.
  • Approximate travel time is calculated from Britomart Transport Centre in Central Auckland during off peak.
  • A number of venues can also be accessed by car, however on-site parking at some venues is limited and available on a first come first served basis (additional charges may apply).
  • Please refer to your chosen package (Bronze, Silver or Gold) terms and conditions for further details on Lake Karapiro and Avantidrome transport details.
  • WMG2017 Shuttles will operate for Silver and Gold registration packages to some venues where there are no public transport options available.

 

Transport Options

Sport

Discipline

Venue

Recommended 
Transport Option

Approximate Travel Time

Archery

Indoor

ASB Showgrounds

Bus

30 - 40 mins

Target

Cornwall Park

Bus

30 - 40 mins

Field

Massey Archery Club

WMG2017 Shuttle

30 - 40 mins

Athletics

Cross Country

Auckland Domain

Bus or Train

20 - 30 mins

Road

Auckland Waterfront / Queens Wharf

Walk

3 - 5 mins

Track and Field

The Trusts Arena

Train + WMG2017 Shuttle

50 - 60 mins

Track and Field

AUT Millennium

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Badminton

 

Auckland Badminton Centre

Bus 

20 - 30 mins

North Harbour Badminton Centre

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Baseball

 

Lloyd Elsmore Park

Bus + Walk

60 - 70 mins

McLeod Park

Bus + Walk

45 - 55 mins

Mt Roskill War Memorial Park

Bus

20 - 30 mins

Basketball

 

AUT University - North Shore Campus

Bus + Walk

20 - 30 mins

Bruce Pulman Park

Train + WMG2017 Shuttle

60 - 70 mins

North Shore Events Centre

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Canoe

Canoe Polo

Lake Pupuke - Quarry Lake

Bus + Walk

30 - 35 mins

Dragon Boat

Lake Pupuke - Sylvan Park

Bus + Bus

30 - 35 mins

Marathon

Sprint

Waka Ama Marathon

Ocean Ski

Takapuna Beach

Bus

35 - 45 mins

Waka Ama Sprint

Slalom

Wero Whitewater Park

Train + WMG2017 Shuttle

45 - 55 mins

Cycling

Criterium

Wynyard Quarter

Bus or Walk

10 - 20 mins

Mountain Biking

Woodhill Forest

WMG2017 Shuttle

45 - 55 mins

Road Race

Bruce Pulman Park / Clevedon Roads

Train + WMG2017 Shuttle

60 - 70 mins

Time Trial

Auckland Waterfront / Queens Wharf

Walk

3 - 5 mins

Track  

Avantidrome (Cambridge to venue)

WMG2017 Shuttle

5 mins

Football

 

Westlake Boys High School

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

North Harbour Stadium

Bus + WMG2017 Shuttle

40 - 50 mins

Westlake Girls High School

Bus

20 - 30 mins

Golf

 

Akarana Golf Club

Bus

25 - 30 mins

Muriwai Golf Club

WMG2017 Shuttle

45 - 55 mins

Pakuranga Golf Club

WMG2017 Shuttle

25 - 35 mins

Remuera Golf Club (finals only)

Bus

40 - 50 mins

Hockey

 

North Harbour Hockey Stadium

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Westlake Girls High School

Bus

20 - 30 mins

Lawn Bowls

 

Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club

Bus

30 - 40 mins

Mt Eden Bowling Club

Bus

20 - 30 mins

Remuera Bowling Club

Train

15 - 25 mins

Netball

 

Auckland Netball Centre

Train + Bus

20 - 30 mins

Orienteering

Long Distance (All stages)

Woodhill Forest

Train + WMG2017 Shuttle

90 - 120 mins

Sprint (Model)

Auckland University - Epsom Campus

Bus

20 - 25 mins

Sprint (Qualification)

Wynyard Quarter

Bus or Walk

10 - 20 mins

Sprint (Final)

Auckland University - City Campus

Bus

10 - 15 mins

Rowing

 

Lake Karapiro (Cambridge to venue)

WMG2017 Shuttle

10 - 15 mins

Rugby

 

Lloyd Elsmore Park

Bus + Walk

60 - 70 mins

Sailing

Laser, Weta, Laser Radial

Torbay Sailing Club

Bus + WMG2017 Shuttle

45 - 55 mins

Shooting

Clay Target

Waitemata Clay Target Club

WMG2017 Shuttle

30 - 40 mins

Softball

Fast Pitch

Rosedale Park / North Harbour Softball Stadium

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Rangitoto College

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Squash

 

North Shore Squash Club

Bus + Walk

30 - 40 mins

Surf Life Saving

Ocean, Beach

Takapuna Beach

Bus

35 - 45 mins

Swimming

Pool

AUT Millennium

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Open Water

Takapuna Beach

Bus

35 - 45 mins

Table Tennis

 

Auckland Table Tennis Centre

Bus

20 - 30 mins

Tennis

 

Albany Tennis Centre

Bus + WMG2017 Shuttle

40 - 50 mins

Touch

 

Bruce Pulman Park

Train + WMG2017 Shuttle

60 - 70 mins

Triathlon

 

Auckland Waterfront / Vellenoweth Green

Bus

25 - 35 mins

Volleyball

Beach

Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

Indoor

The Trusts Arena

Bus + WMG2017 Shuttle

50 - 60 mins

Water Polo

 

AUT Millennium

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins

West Wave Aquatic Centre

Bus + WMG2017 Shuttle

50 - 60 mins

Weightlifting

 

AUT Millennium

Bus + Bus

30 - 40 mins