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Transport & Airport Pickup


Airport Transfer

You'll have the option to request an airport transfer to your accommodation during the enrolment process.

You can find the fee for an airport transfer here.

Parking at UUNZ

The basement car parks of the UUNZ school building are managed by Wilson Parking where students may park on a Pay & Display basis. In addition, there are several public car parks available nearby. Please ensure you park your car legally and pay the full fee as towing charges are very expensive.

Public Transport

All New Zealand cities and most towns have buses, and Auckland and Wellington both have city-suburban rail services.

You’ll see that peak hour services are generally good. But New Zealand is a land of wide open spaces and low population density. They make it impractical to provide the extensive public transport systems you find in more built-up and crowded cities.

That’s why so many of us find a car essential. Some Kiwis would also say we like driving because it reflects our independent streak.

Paying for travel on buses in Auckland can only be done with an AT HOP card.

AT Hop Card

You have to use an AT HOP card to pay for bus journeys provided by public transport operators (Public Transport Operators) in the Auckland region, and you can use an AT HOP card or cash to pay for train and ferry journeys. You can buy your blue AT HOP card online or in person. Purchase price for an AT HOP card is $10 (non-refundable). Cards must be topped up before use, and are purchased from train and ferry ticket offices, AT customer service centres or AT HOP retailers, cards must be topped up at the time of purchase. Minimum top up is $5.

Buy a blue AT HOP card online and have it mailed to you. Log in to buy an AT HOP card if you have a MyAT online account, otherwise create an account to buy a card online.

Britomart customer service centre Britomart transport centre, 8-10 Queen St, Auckland CBD

AUT customer service centre AUT city campus, 55 Wellesley St East, Auckland CBD 

Get  your AT tertiary ID sticker on your student ID card and you could receive discounted travel on train and selected buses and ferries with your AT HOP card.

*5 steps to get a tertiary concession

  1. Buy a card  
  2. Register your AT HOP card online
  3. Ensure you have proof of eligibility
  4. Submit your concession application online
  5. Load a concession onto your AT HOP card

At UUNZ, when you receive your ID cards, you  can receive Tertiary ID stickers from reception before going  to one of the retailers to buy the AT HOP Card.

Driving in New Zealand

Getting started with driving can be easier if you bring an international driver’s license with you.

New Zealand roads are generally good, though some of our long distance ‘state highways’ are only two lanes.

Traffic volumes are light by international standards, although cities can get very busy in rush hours. Motorways in and out of Auckland and some of the other main centres can get severely congested at these times.

You must have a current driver’s license to drive in New Zealand. Find out about license requirements from the New Zealand Transport Agency.

You can drive in New Zealand if:

  • you have a current and valid overseas licence or driver permit, and
  • you haven’t been given a disqualification or suspension in New Zealand, and
  • you came into New Zealand less than 12 months ago, and
  • your overseas licence is in English, or you have an accurate translation, and
  • you haven’t been granted a New Zealand driver licence since you last entered New Zealand.

If you don't meet all of these requirements, you must apply for a New Zealand driver licence to drive in New Zealand.

Stay Safe on New Zealand Roads

The NZTA has produced a must-read booklet about driving in New Zealand. It explains everything you need to know about staying safe and obeying New Zealand’s driving laws.

Translations are available in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Samoan, Tongan, Tuvaluan, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Thai and Arabic.

Remember, keep to the left of the road when you’re driving a car in New Zealand. When you’re parking a car, make sure it’s facing the direction of the traffic and don’t park over a driveway, even your own.

Full New Zealand driving rules are in the New Zealand Road Code.