If you stay somewhere near Queen st. airbus stops, you can use that bus to and from airport. I bought return ticket from ticket booth, but the booth may be closed. In this situation you can buy ticket from the driver.
A good way to get from Auckland Airport to the city centre is to catch the Airbus. It operates 24/7 and runs every 10mins during the day and every 30mins during the night. I must admit I did find the trip a bit long - it takes about 40mins to get to the city centre. If you are returning the the airport after your trip to Auckland make sure you buy a return ticket not a one way as it will work out more expensive. see cost below:
Adult: One way: $16
Child: One way: $6
Tickets are bought onboard and no reservations are needed.
An excellent bus service connects Auckland airport to the city centre for 15NZ$ one way or 22ND$ return ticket.
The shuttle leaves the airport (and the city centre on the way back) every 15 minutes 24/7 and it is air-conditioned.
The Auckland Air Bus provides an efficient means for travelling between the airport and central Auckland.
The buses leave the airport every 20 minutes during the day (and every 30 minutes after 6pm), returning to the airport after completing the following circuit:
City Road YHA
Kiwi International Hotel
Turner Street YHA
Auckland Central Backpackers
New President Hotel
City Central Hotel
Sky City Hotel
Intercity Bus Terminal
Albert Park Backpackers
City Central Backpackers
City Life Hotel
Queen St. Backpackers
Fat Camel Backpackers
Britomart Transport Centre/train station
Discover NZ Travel Centre
Copthorne Harbour City Hotel
Hyatt Regency Auckland
Constitution Hill Backpackers
As the bus route is a continuous circuit, you can catch the bus at any of the stops when returning to the airport.
The driver calls out the name of each stop.
The first bus of the day FROM the airport departs at 6am, and the last one departs at 10pm.
The first bus of the day TO the airport departs at 4:35am and the last one departs at 8:50pm.
Tickets are purchased from the driver and are priced as follows:
Adult: one-way (15 NZD) / return (22 NZD)
Child: one-way (6 NZD) / return (12 NZD)
Backpacker (ID required): one-way (13 NZD) / return (20 NZD)
You can pick up promotional vouchers at the airport which entitle you to a 1 NZD discount on the usual ticket prices.
Buses run 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
There is ample room on board for all your luggage.
Prices correct at May 2006