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Old Jun 10th 2021, 7:06 pm
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Hoping someone with knowledge of Auckland might be able to help. I am about to relocate to Auckland, as I have a job at Greenlane Clinical Centre in Epsom. We have primary school aged kids and had been considering renting a home in Takapuna, for schools, beach and community feel. However my relocation consultant (based in Auckland) has expressed shock at the long commute it would involve and is encouraging us to look at a more central suburb.

Google maps says the drive at 7:30am would be around 30-35mins. I would then need to park somewhere and walk to the hospital, so figured whole journey would take 45mins, maybe an hour on a bad day. I currently live in London and this would not be an unusually long commute. Is my frame of reference for a “long commute” just different from a local’s, or am I being ridiculously optimistic, and in reality the commute would be much worse? Are Google maps’ live traffic timings accurate in Auckland? I keep being told horror stories about Auckland traffic, and the bridge in particular.

Would really appreciate views from anyone with recent experience of Auckland, compared to London!
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My north shore born and bred wife said 35 mins at 5 in the morning. For 7.30 she reckons closer to 1½ to 2 hours, and good luck finding somewhere to park.
Better get a bus to the city (or get down to Devonport and get the ferry) l and a train from there to Greenlane.

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Greenlane is a pig to get to at busy times unfortunately - absolutely better off getting a rental in Mission Bay/St Heliers if wanting the beach close by (It'll still be painful getting to GL but less so if not the other side of the bridge) but is not a cheap rental option, nowhere is - this link may help re Public Transport - https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/j...gDistance=1000

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Yikes, okay - really glad I asked, thanks so much for your responses!! That’s strange - Google maps live traffic and driving times are really accurate here in the UK - sounds as though that’s not the case in Auckland then?

I have since been told by my work that there is staff parking at GL apparently, but a 1-2hr daily commute is definitely not what I had in mind, so back to the drawing board!
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Google maps says the drive at 7:30am would be around 30-35mins.
That would be about right for Saturdays and Sundays but definitely not on a weekday; it could take you that long to get onto the motorway at both ends of the day, going there and also coming back. You would need to allow at least an hour on a good day and pray that it doesn't rain and that nobody breaks down or crashes.
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Hoping someone with knowledge of Auckland might be able to help. I am about to relocate to Auckland, as I have a job at Greenlane Clinical Centre in Epsom. We have primary school aged kids and had been considering renting a home in Takapuna, for schools, beach and community feel. However my relocation consultant (based in Auckland) has expressed shock at the long commute it would involve and is encouraging us to look at a more central suburb.
Any chance you could land a job at North Shore Hospital later down the track?

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Yikes, okay - really glad I asked, thanks so much for your responses!! That’s strange - Google maps live traffic and driving times are really accurate here in the UK - sounds as though that’s not the case in Auckland then?

I have since been told by my work that there is staff parking at GL apparently, but a 1-2hr daily commute is definitely not what I had in mind, so back to the drawing board!
I left NZ nearly 14 years ago now. I was in West Auckland along the 16, and worked central by the hospital. As others have noted what could be a 20 min drive could suddenly become 1.5h+ one by leaving 15-20 mins later , I ended up going in at 6:30am to avoid it. I had a GF who lived in Devenport, did that commute a few times and it was not great, first you backtrack to the motorway and then back down. I believe they have been building new roads and transit options but AKL has grown a lot as well. Traffic/commute was one of my reasons for leaving. I would definitely agree with others on living close to work.
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Cindy would rather you biked to work!
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Cindy would rather you biked to work!
Except it's going to be at least another five years until we get the cycle / pedestrian bridge over the harbour, if at all.
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Except it's going to be at least another five years until we get the cycle / pedestrian bridge over the harbour, if at all.
I'm sure a few more displays of dissent from the overly self entitled cycling community could sway things.
It must be difficult riding a bike with their heads shoved so far up their own arses

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