Hi there, I have a 14 hour transit in Auckland, NZ, in September and was wondering if it would be worthwhile going into the city itself for a few hours, given that the date I am there is the first date of the Rugby World Cup?
Should not be a problem. The opening match is in Eden park, which is a bit outside the city center, so busses between airport and city should be on time.
Not sure what you want to see. You can walk up and down queen street for (expensive) shops, check out the skytower (~$30) visit the auckland museum (3-4 hours) or talk a walk at the domain. There is an airport bus to the city every 15 mins as far as i know, 2-way tickets ticket $26.
in the city itself you can take the linkbus to explore newmarket, parnell , k-road and ponsonsby for $1.80 and there is a free bus going around the city center. about 8 years ago
Not much in the way of shopping in the city but you may want to take a cruise on one of the America Cup yachts. It is also nice to walk along Mission Bay beachfront. A little tight but you might want to hire a car from the airport and drive towards Rotorua. It will be a nice drive and even if you do not make it to the town, along the way you will discover honey and strawberry farms, Maori establishments etc. about 8 years ago