Taxis are easy to recognize by the sign on top of the car and logo on the side. When a taxi is in use, the sign is turned off. When it is available, the sign is lit up.
Taxi ranks can be found all over the downtown area, primarily at night. There are several near hotels, near the waterfront, in shopping areas like Queen Street and K Road, at the Britomart Station, the ferry terminals and the airport. If you know you’ll need a taxi, it’s usually best to call and book in advance, you can also book in advance online with some of the taxi companies. Vans and larger vehicles are usually available by request.
Tipping a taxi driver is not standard in Auckland, however, they will not be offended if you do provide a tip or suggest they ‘keep the change’.
All companies’ fares are slightly different – an average is a flag fare of $3.00 and at least $2.50 per kilometre, plus wait times, fees for using credit cards, an airport leaving fee (usually $5), etc.