Auckland Explorer bus is the best way to make sure you see all of Auckland's hot spots.

Buses run every 20 minutes, 365 days a year, and they have combo passes to suit short or longer stays. Grab a 24 hour ($45) or 48 hour ($55) pass to jump on and off any of their routes as much as you like and see the attractions that interest you the most. Both options include a return to the lovely seaside village of Devonport.

See www.explorerbus.co.nz

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Getting around Auckland is faster, easier and cheaper with HOP – a new smartcard that’s available from transport centres and selected retailers.

It includes Link bus services such as the Red Link that connects the city with the waterfront every ten minutes (free with HOP card, 50c without).

The frequent green Inner Link and amber Outer Link buses connect to places such as funky K-Road, the restaurant, café and shopping strips of Ponsonby, Parnell and Newmarket, Victoria Park Markets, MOTAT, St Luke’s Mall and more.

See www.myhop.co.nz.

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