If you’re looking for a great way to meet real New Zealanders as you explore this great country of ours, then travelling by bus is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to get from A to B and everywhere in between.
Buses around New Zealand run regularly and many operators provide drop-off points at the main backpacker accommodation hubs, or close enough to be within walking distance.
The lack of a well-established rail network and expensive domestic airfares means bus transport is a very popular choice for many Kiwi travellers. Fares are very competitive and provide flexibility, with fully refundable and non refundable options available. Fares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book and payment can be made online via credit card or at hundreds of retail agents nationwide, including most backpackers, hostels and information centres.
The main national bus company is InterCity, which operates New Zealand’s most comprehensive national transport network with over 120 daily services through the country to more than 600 towns, cities and communities. Skip Bus operates daily express bus service to major North Island cities, like Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga and Wellington.