The Auckland Region is in the North Island of New Zealand. Centred on the Auckland metropolitan area, it also includes a large rural area, stretching as far north as the Wellsford district. The region includes ruggedly beautiful west coast beaches and harbours, the more sheltered inlets and beaches of the east coast, the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and the hiking trails of the native bush-clad Waitakere and Hunua ranges.
- Auckland – the largest city in New Zealand
- Muriwai – west coast beach with a variety of activities
- Piha – west coast beach and settlement
See the Auckland guide for information on accessing the region by plane.
Intercity Coachlines operates a national bus network with many Auckland departures and arrivals every day. Tickets can be purchased on-line or throughout the country at numerous agents including the i-Site network. A cheaper option is nakedbus.com which also has daily services across the country, often utilising Intercity vehicles, including to/from Auckland Airport. Fares start at $1 if you book early enough on-line.
Metropolitan Auckland has frequent bus services throughout. Trains connect the Auckland CBD with some parts of the metropolitan area: the Western Line runs to West Auckland; the Southern Line runs right through South Auckland to the town of Pukekohe, near the southern boundary of the Auckland Region; the Eastern line serves the inner eastern suburbs of the isthmus; there is no train service on the North Shore. Ferries run from the CBD to points around the Waitemata Harbour, east Auckland, islands of the Hauraki Gulf (such as Waiheke Island), and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.