Auckland preview

New Zealand

Auckland is a city where, if you want to be able to get wherever you need to go; it is very likely that you will need a car. It’s possible to live without one – but, in reality, only if you work at home or near your home.

If you live in the central city or a large suburb, you can walk or take a bus to a wide range of restaurants, shops and basically whatever else you desire; most suburbs are centered around commercial areas with all the basics you need to survive. However, Auckland is a city designed for the car, with much of the population living in suburbs miles outside the CBD and public transportation is not particularly usable for most city residents. Bus lines are not always convenient for commuters, and taxis are too expensive an option to be relied on every day. There is a rail line, but it only services limited areas – if you don’t live in one of the towns the train passes through, there is little point in using it.

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