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Topic # 223549 5-Oct-2017 14:59
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Advice please.

 

Have the enormous pleasure of needing too drive to Auckland Hospital from Whakatane for an appointment at 8.30am tomorrow. Google says it'll take a bit under 4 hours.

 

So if I leave at 3am d'you think that 5.5 hours be enough to allow for the occasional stop plus extra for Auckland traffic ?





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  Reply # 1877915 5-Oct-2017 15:07
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In general of late I've found google maps predictions for travel times in Auckland pretty accurate provided you change the "Depart At" to the right date\time, even during peak hours.


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  Reply # 1877931 5-Oct-2017 15:19
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I assume you are using the Tauranga Expressway and going via SH27?

 

The roll of the dice is the Southern Motorway , assuming its flowing you should have boodles of time,

 

If there has been a major ding, all bets are off.....


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  Reply # 1877933 5-Oct-2017 15:23
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Currently school holidays, Bar being a Friday which might have an adverse affect you should good heading into Auckland from the south. 





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  Reply # 1877934 5-Oct-2017 15:25
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Should be loads of time

 

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Another option if you’re worried about traffic would be drive to Papakura and take the train into the hospital. Trains have been pretty reliable since they went electric but obviously nothing is perfect.

Train would require a transfer at Newmarket to the western line but that shouldn’t be too difficult.

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  Reply # 1877936 5-Oct-2017 15:26
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It is school holidays, I'm unsure of what difference that makes on the Southern Motorway in the morning (it has made the Northern heading into the city a nightmare after work).

 

How long does the trip normally take assuming traffic is flowing freely? In the morning it can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour to get from Drury to Mt Wellington, then about another 20-30 minutes from there to Khyber Pass. I'd say adding an hour to your normal travel time will get you there with plenty to spare. Myself, I prefer to err on the side of arriving too early than stressing about arriving late.




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  Reply # 1877942 5-Oct-2017 15:40
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Thanks for the comments -

 

Never even used that Google maps 'Depart at' thing, very handy (show how much I go anywhere really)

 

Yep, planning to go via Tauranga to Matamata S27 etc

 

Forgot about school holiday effect (despite the 3 midgets at home at the moment)

 

Thought about train but probably not the time experiment seeing as I haven't been on one in, what 15 years

 

Not sure about normal travelling time, maybe 4 hours, but depends on stops and usually its been to the airport.

 

Anyway hopefully 3am should be OK, assuming I can manage to wake up and actually get up.





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  Reply # 1877948 5-Oct-2017 15:50
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Yep, 3am you will arrive in heaps of time. 4am you will be getting nervous at the first sign of congestion on the motorway.

 

 


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  Reply # 1877968 5-Oct-2017 16:19
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i would think the earlier you get there the more chance you can get a car park





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  Reply # 1877969 5-Oct-2017 16:25
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Out of interest, how long does it take to get from the airport to the hospital? Could flying up be an option? The earliest flight arrives at 7:30.


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  Reply # 1877979 5-Oct-2017 16:40
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Behodar:

 

Out of interest, how long does it take to get from the airport to the hospital? Could flying up be an option? The earliest flight arrives at 7:30.

 

 

you would likely get there fine.

 

i got from the domestic terminal to Devonport yesterday morning in 38 minutes, and i left the terminal at 730am


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  Reply # 1877992 5-Oct-2017 17:07
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Drive up tonight and staying in a hotel close to the hospital might be cheaper than flying.





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  Reply # 1878022 5-Oct-2017 17:42
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Yep that 4 hours is pretty accurate. As others have said, add an hour for potential motorway issues depending on how important the appointment is, and half an hour for at least one rest stop (possibly Ngatea or Bombays) and your 3am leave would be perfect.

 

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  Reply # 1878029 5-Oct-2017 18:13
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rb99:

 

Advice please.

 

Have the enormous pleasure of needing too drive to Auckland Hospital from Whakatane for an appointment at 8.30am tomorrow. Google says it'll take a bit under 4 hours.

 

So if I leave at 3am d'you think that 5.5 hours be enough to allow for the occasional stop plus extra for Auckland traffic ?

 

 

 

 

yes, should be sweet. it is school holiday at the moment.

 

 

 

 








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  Reply # 1878031 5-Oct-2017 18:17
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Only found out yesterday about a gap at 8.30 tomorrow (for the appointment), so imagine last minute flying would be a bit expensive, same I imagine for last minute hotel room(s). Maybe if we had (quite a) bit more warning. Such is life.





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