Auckland Transport said the decision is another step in making public methods of travel more accessible.
Critics on Twitter have not been as enthusiastic.
She says allegations against her are "a string of lies".
New Zealand is among the lowest risk countries worldwide.
"It comes down to individual choices and their professional advisors, whether it is safe or not to fly."
"A free charge could end up draining your bank account."
Travel writer Peter Janssen has travelled extensively around the North and South Island and he has written a new book.
It's expected to take around 19 and a half hours.