Auckland is a city designed for drivers, with wide, well-maintained motorways linking far-off suburbs to the city centre – as well as the rest of the country. Signs are usually clearly marked, especially on the motorways. Auckland drivers tend to be a bit on the aggressive side, but not to the point where driving in the city could be considered dangerous. The “rules of the road” are clear in New Zealand, and once you grasp the country’s driving etiquette, you should have no problem hitting the road.
As of this writing (March 2013), petrol costs from $2.16 a litre and diesel $1.51 in Auckland.
Most roads do not charge tolls, however there is a new toll road that has opened to the north of Auckland to improve access to Northland.
There is no need for a driver in Auckland, although a good map book or GPS is indispensable. City streets are not always marked, and changing street names can be confusing.