How to get from Auckland Airport to the city center
Most tourists take taxis from the airport to the city center. I wouldn't recommend taking taxis, Auckland airport taxis are some of the most expensive taxis in the world. One way trips from the airport to the city center cost an average of NZ$75 -85. Regular airport taxis are located outside door 8 at the international terminal and outside door 4 at the domestic terminal.
Personally, I took an Uber from the airport, Uber costs NZ$50. This saved me close to USD 15 for the same service. Uber and other ride-sharing taxis (Ola and Zoomy) are located outside door 11 at the international airport. For domestic travelers, the rideshare area is behind the multi-story carpark area. Ola and Zoomy are slightly cheaper than Uber.
There's free airport wifi at Auckland airport for 2 hours if you want to order Uber.
The cheapest way to get to the city center is by public transportation (380 airporter and sky bus). 380 airporter operates every 15 minutes, it stops at Papatoetoe and Onehunga train stations before heading over to Manakau.
Bus tickets are sold on board by the driver. Train tickets can't be purchased on the bus, you have to purchase a cash train ticket at the train station.
You can take either the eastern, southern, or Onehunga lines to Britomart transport center in the city center. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center.
There's no direct metro line from the airport to Auckland city center currently.
This is the 380 airporter bus:
Sky bus takes you directly to Auckland city center at Sky bus city lounge on 396 Queen street. Takes between 40-50 minutes to get to the city center.
Sky bus looks like this:
Where to pick buses at Auckland airport:
Pick up and drop off points at both domestic and international terminals