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While Auckland's public transport is not world leading - you can get to most places in the inner city with a little time and planning. The City Circuit Red Bus, a free bus service that circles the inner city section of Auckland in a continuous 10-minute loop, is available for shoppers and visitors to hop on and off of 7 days a week from 8-6.
Travelling slightly further afield is the Link bus. This costs $1.70 a trip, travels in a loop through some of Aucklands inner-city suburbs, and is a good way to get from the CBD to areas such as Ponsonby, Newmarket or Parnell. Another good source of public transport information is the MAXX website. This has a comprehensive journey planner that encoporates ferry, train and bus information for Auckland. Unfortunately, information nobtained that way is not very reliable, as all road bound services are notoriously behind schedule, and on the outer routes, buses may or may not arive ever.
Up to May 2011, there is no integrated ticketing system in place. For the end of 2011 a ticketing system resembling London's Oyster Card is scheduled to be functional. It is as of yet unclear, whether there will be tourism options for this card (like 3-day or weekly passes). In the absense of an integrated ticketing system, there are cues when boarding, as each passenger has to buy a ticket. Change is not always given.
A public transportation gimmick is the MOTAT tram, a service run by the Museum of Transportation and Technology (MOTAT) taking passengers on its vintage-looking tram from the Museum's entrance to the city zoo. There are also a few stops along the way where people can get off and on. For a map of the route and prices see MOTAT's website.
One other option for visitors who are interested in getting around is the Auckland Explorer Bus, an on/off bus where for $30 NZ a day passengers can get unlimited rides anywhere in the city the bus travels (the major tourist attractions).
Fullers ferries are an interesting, and not too expensive way of exploring the Hauraki Gulf.