City Circuit Free Bus, Auckland
This previously FREE service is now charging 50c per trip! I cannot understand how the ACC can even think that a charge for this service is even be thought off. Now, instead of a quick on and off this bus, there are delays while passengers fumble for loose change, wait for their ticket, and argue about having to pay in the first place!
For tourists and visitors this is extremely inconvenient, I found I did not have any small NZ currency and therefore could not use this service. In principle why support such a stupid decision for a major city to treat visitors without even thinking about how it impacts on tourists trying to use the service.
The service only runs the border of the city and Queen Street and is not even worth a fee if you just want to go from K'Rd to Victoria Street for example. The first stop we were at turned out not to be a stop at all, and had to walk further down Queen Street to get this bus to Britomart, which stop a block away on the left hand side of Queen Street, you then need to cross the lights to Downtown or Britomart. Buses depart outside Britomart to go up Queen Street towards K'Rd.
The bus stops are indicated in red as 'City Link' the buses are red, but why anyone supports this service is beyond me, and if this is how tourists and visitors are treated in Auckland, not to mention the insane hotel room rates, not a choice of destination for a holiday at all. Auckland could do so much better, and finally, this was a free service, why was it necessary to even then apply a charge at all?
This is a fantastic free of charge service that travels around the city in a clockwise direction. It leaves every 10 minutes between 8am-6pm. Look out for the bright red buses - you cant miss them! Buses are hybrid so enviromentally friendly :-)
The stops are as follows:
Britomart (main transport hub in Auckland)
Queen St - Vulcan Lane
Queen St - Whitcoulls (huge bookstore)
Queen St - City Life Hotel
Queen St - BNZ Tower.
If you are sick of walking and spot a bright red bus, just hop on it: It is the free City Circuit bus.
This bus is a red, hybrid electric public transport option. Each bus has 30 passenger seats and low floor access and wide entry/exit doors.
The bus travels along Queen Street down to Britomart on the waterfront, to Albert Park, Symonds Street and along Wellesley Street to the Sky Tower. The City Circuit operates seven days a week, every ten minutes between 8am to 6pm.
CITY CIRCUIT FREE BUS
This is a GREAT service that uses an environmentally friendly Electric bus to run a continuous 10 minute service around the central city.
8am - 6pm, 7 days.
This is an excellent service as walking up Queen Street can be a chore, especially if you have armsful of shopping, LOL.
It runs: Britomart > Queen St (Vulcan Lane) > Queen St (Whitcoulls) > University > AUT > Civic theatre (Queen St) > Skytower > Queen St City Life Hotel > Queen St (BNZ Tower) and then back to Britomart.
I found the drivers to be exceptionally friendly and efficient. Maybe that was because they weren't taking money and the passengers were more friendly :-)