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Old Mar 17th 2009, 3:37 pm
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we are in vancouver at present but want to return to NZ.....have lived in chch previously but are looking at auckland for return.....like the idea of north shore and eastern suburbs,want to be near beach and good school zones both elementary and high school......will probably work downtown auckland and only wanted a 45 min commute maximum,expect to start work at 8:00 am and leave for return 5:30 pm ish....have read allot about difficulties travelling around auckland at peak commute times so just wanted any feedback on 'better areas' to live to minimise commute but still get a good 'lifestyle' location.......many thanks.............
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Some commute videos!

Browns Bay to Auckland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZYrrraBwVA

Milford to Auckland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEcLcq4yO44

Remuera to Auckland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK-cF5EUXuQ
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Hi we have just moved to NZ and are based in Torbay North Shore, OH works in Panmure. He starts work at 7am, and he has to leave at 6.15. After 7am the bridge traffic is very slow, but it still moves.
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7 minutes on the train...beat that! That's from Orakei into Britomart

Soooo much better than when we were in London!
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Originally Posted by Kags1694 View Post
Hi we have just moved to NZ and are based in Torbay North Shore, OH works in Panmure. He starts work at 7am, and he has to leave at 6.15. After 7am the bridge traffic is very slow, but it still moves.
hi....yes we were quite keen on the northshore....campbels bay,takapuna and maybe devonport......wherever keeps commute down to a minimum....but leaving the house at 6:15 am is too early for me.....7:00 am is early enough...here in vancouver the public transport is very good and we can get from west van right downtown in 20 mins so i guess i'm looking for a similar commute.......do you know how good the public transit is on the northshore.....many thanks.
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hi....yes we were quite keen on the northshore....campbels bay,takapuna and maybe devonport......wherever keeps commute down to a minimum....but leaving the house at 6:15 am is too early for me.....7:00 am is early enough...here in vancouver the public transport is very good and we can get from west van right downtown in 20 mins so i guess i'm looking for a similar commute.......do you know how good the public transit is on the northshore.....many thanks.
Well living in Devonport means you could catch the ferry to the CBD in less than 20mins.
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Well living in Devonport means you could catch the ferry to the CBD in less than 20mins.
......that sounds alot better....are there some good elementary & high schools there ?
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......that sounds alot better....are there some good elementary & high schools there ?
No doubt the ferry is convenient but you'll need to add commute times either side.

Generally speaking Auckland commuter traffic is horrendous certainly far worse than anything I've experienced before in the UK. The lack of effective public transport is the big problem. I manage as I commute in bike, and it's as quick (but hardly safe :curse as driving.
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If you're working in the |CBD then the best option from the north shore is probably the park and ride bus - takes about 25 min from Albany and proportionally less from the other stops. It's a very good service provided you're not trying to get south of the CBD
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Originally Posted by ukkiwi View Post
Some commute videos!

Browns Bay to Auckland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZYrrraBwVA

Milford to Auckland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEcLcq4yO44

Remuera to Auckland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK-cF5EUXuQ
Sorry but the video of Milford to Auckland is complete nonsense, I left the other day by car and got to Epsom south of the CBD in 30/40 mins and that was at 07:15 when I left. You also would not go the route shown on that clip from the road they came out of in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by lapsed kiwi View Post
If you're working in the |CBD then the best option from the north shore is probably the park and ride bus - takes about 25 min from Albany and proportionally less from the other stops. It's a very good service provided you're not trying to get south of the CBD
thanks for that,i'll check it out....quite used to the bus here in vancouver......
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7 minutes on the train...beat that! That's from Orakei into Britomart

Soooo much better than when we were in London!
yes orakei looks nice from the internet,would also look at half moon bay/bucklands beach as there seems to be a ferry into town from there also...does anyone have any experience of this area.......many thanks.
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We live in Whitford and I work in Stanley Street (CBD) and its taking an hour most mornings to get into work at the moment and it seems to have got worse over the last month or so.

I leave the driveway at 0745 and arrive on a good day just before 0845 but on a bad day it can be after 0900.
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If you want to live a bit more out east and go to work in the CBD you can catch a ferry from pine harbour... check out...

http://www.pineharbour.co.nz/ferries/
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If you want to live a bit more out east and go to work in the CBD you can catch a ferry from pine harbour... check out...

http://www.pineharbour.co.nz/ferries/
Yep the Pine Harbour ferry is very good but takes 35 minutes to get to town.

By the time i drive to the ferry and walk to my office from the ferry its still and hour in total but the ferry is certainly less stress than the drive

If you use the threatened Half Moon Bay ferry you can sit outside and watch the scenary go by and even grab a beer, which sadly you can't on the Pine Harbour ferry...

Whats great about the Pine Harbour ferry is the oneupmanship of riding the fastest ferry in Auckland... it goes like a missile...
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