random useful info for a couple of days in Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
random useful info for a couple of days in Auckland Reviews
Using a Hop Card in Auckland Jun 16, 2011
Hop Cards have just come in to the Auckland travel market – they are currently being used on the bus system, however they are going to be used throughout all forms of transport in Auckland.
You can get the Hop Card from the Britomart Transport Centre and it you put money / Credit on your card. You can check your balance on-line and it gives you a list of your recent destinations and usage report.
To use the card, you hold it up against the “Hop Logo” as you walk on the bus, usually opposite the driver. It will make a noise and then you go and sit down. Once you have reached your destination, you go to walk off the bus and hold your card up to the machine again. It will make a noise and display you how much your fare was. It will automatically take this off your balance.
There is no talking to drivers, you do not need to specify a stop and you can stay on for as long as you want. Easy.
So why have one? Well you save money, the longer the journey, the more money you save. Inner city travel is very cheap, however you save 10% on this. The further out from the city you travel / live the more you will save – up to 17% I think, which is quite a lot if you do it every day.
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Aug 06, 2007
Auckland is not the prettiest of cities and I hate to say it but i really wasn't a fan. Whilst you are there though a great way to see the city is on a kiwi experience or stray tour. Best of all its free!!!! You book it at the reception of your hostel and they pick you up in the morning and it lasts from about 10 in the morning til 3. This is a great way to get your bearings and waste a day if you need to.
The Maori show at the museum was also worth a look ($15) and it saves you paying for the maori show and hangi ($80) if you are on a tight budget but still want to see traditional dancing, singing and haka.
If you just want to do a bungy jump and are not bothered about it being the highest, the cheapest place to do it is off auckland bridge. You can book it for the I site beside sky tower and they will pick you up and transport you to the bridge or alternately the day trip with kiwi experience stops there.
I stayed at international YHA which was actually pretty good and it had very cheap net access just around the corner(top of Queens st). There is also a $6 chinese which looked like it could give you food poisoning but was actually really nice and we all remained sickness free!
Big gripe about Auckland. There is one large supermarket which is on the sea front and a pain to get to especially if you are trying to stock up. Otherwise the small korean supermarkets are all much of a muchness.