no shortage of ways to get around and see New Zealand. Whether you plan
to drive, fly, or extend your thumb, there are a number of transport services
at your disposal. The usual rule of booking ahead applies to get discounts
on rental vehicles, as it does to guaranteeing a seat if you're travelling
by bus or train. Transport bookings can be made at Tourist Offices, Travel
agents, and also through various backpackers up and down the country.
are two main domestic airlines, Air New Zealand and Ansett, which connect
New Zealand's major towns and cities. Smaller commuter services operate
from most of the outlying areas. In some of the smaller towns, locally
owned businesses offer breathtaking scenic flights (Flightseeing) at competitive
rates, which are well worth spending the extra dollar or two.
& Coach Services
bus and coach services are available throughout the country, offering
very reasonable rates and convenient timetables. This has proven an extremely
popular way for backpackers and budget travellers to get around, plus
the odd exhausted cyclist with most coaches carrying bikes for a nominal
Zealand's Tranz Scenic Rail service covers most of New Zealand with eight
spectacular scenic routes. Enjoy onboard refreshments while listening
to the commentary about the local areas as you travel through them. Timetables
and more information can be obtained by calling any of the Tranz Rail
service offices during normal working hours.
between the North and South Islands of New Zealand is made possible with
the Interisland Ferry Services, carrying both passengers and vehicles
(cars, caravans and motor homes etc). If you're after a faster trip, the
Lynx catamaran and top cat will get across the Cook Strait in just over
one and a half hours.
car companies are located throughout New Zealand, and include the major
players like Hertz and Avis. Budget rental services are also available
in most regions offering attractive rates for the more money conscious.
information on driving and Road Rules in New Zealand, see the driving
references page, or visit the official site of the Land
Transport Safety Authoritiy, the leading provider of safety information
and advice on land transport in New Zealand. They have a section devoted
to international visitors, with clear interactive examples of traffic
signals and other driving tips.
are a good alternative to renting a car for those visiting New Zealand
on an extended stay. Various Buy-Back dealers throughout the country will
sell you a car, and then buy it back from you on your departure, minus
depreciation. Second-hand Japanese imported vehicles are relatively inexpensive
also, and can be found in abundance at city car fairs or auctions.
all the holiday freedom you need with a campervan. Most major rental car
companies supply campervans at reasonable rates for overseas travellers,
and have pick up and drop off points located all over the country. Campervans
give you the opportunity to camp anywhere, with most camping grounds still
allowing you to utilise their dumping facilities.
services are available in all major cities and can be found at taxi stands,
or more conveniently by picking up the phone and making a call.
bus services can save you both time and money, leaving at scheduled intervals
throughout the day and often servicing towns not visited by major coach
lines. See local visitor centres for shuttle timetables and prices.
your own bike or rent one right here in New Zealand, cycle touring is
a popular way to see the country. Most major roads are well maintained,
but do expect to be on metal roads if you venture off the beaten track.
Also, do remember a cycling helmet, as they’re a compulsory head attachment
here in New Zealand.
certainly a risk in every country, hitchhiking in New Zealand is said
to be considered relatively safe. Using your common sense when accepting
rides should keep you out of trouble generally speaking. We would not
recommend women hitchhike alone, and recommend you always think twice
before entrusting your life to someone else. The relatively small size
of the country means you can cover a lot of ground in short amounts of
time, which makes hitchhiking an attractive and cheap way to get around
in New Zealand.