in New Zealand
A visit to New Zealand is an opportunity
to discover a spectacular range of landscapes,
so deciding how you will travel around
our country can be as important as choosing
where you want to go.
little research will help you to match
your mode of transport to the style
of holiday you have in mind. Theres
plenty of choice available, from luxury
custom transportation to economical
youre considering transport
options, remember that New Zealand
is 1600 kilometres long and has a
larger land mass than the United Kingdom.
Whether you choose car, train, boat
or plane depends on how quickly you
need to get where youre going.
- self drive
Cycling, biking and driving are popular
ways to explore New Zealand. Having
the flexibility to spontaneously follow
your desires, or the advice of someone
you met along the way, sits well with
our relaxed pace of life.
scenery changes at almost every turn,
as our well-formed roads follow the
contours of the landscapes. Outside
of the cities, most highways have
just one lane in each direction, occasionally
expanding to two lanes to enable safe
overtaking. Driving times are often
longer than youd expect. Allow
plenty of time so you can relax and
enjoy the journey.
the highest level of freedom, try
a motorhome holiday. For longer stays
and backpackers, purchasing a second-hand
car is often an affordable and practical
- be driven
If youd rather leave the driving
to an experienced local, there are
plenty of options available to move
you around the country comfortably
scheduled intercity bus services and
luxury coaches to custom tours and
taxis, our friendly professional drivers
understand theres more to a
journey than simply getting from A
to B. From the comfort of a passenger
seat, you can give your full attention
to the scenery and the drivers
Rather than an all-encompassing network
of passenger services, New Zealand
offers a collection of scenic rail
journeys. Theyre a great way
to experience magnificent remote areas
that are not accessible by road.
Overlander runs through the centre
of the North Island, connecting Auckland
and Wellington. In the South Island,
the TranzCoastal follows the coastline
between the inter-island ferry terminal
at Picton and the city of Christchurch.
From Christchurch, the TranzAlpine
crosses the Southern Alps to Greymouth.
Further south, the popular Taieri
Gorge Railway and the Kingston Flyer
promise memorable journeys. Commuter
train services to outlying suburbs
operate in the cities of Auckland
easy to connect rail journeys with
other forms of transport, so your
modes of travel can deliver as much
variety as our stunning landscapes.
Touring New Zealand usually includes
the option of a ferry trip at some
point and some places, like Marlborough
Sounds or smaller islands, are only
accessible by water.
North and South Islands are connected
by modern ocean-going ferries that
carry passengers and vehicles. In
Northland, vehicular ferries operate
on the Hokianga Harbour and to historic
Russell in the Bay of Islands. The
ferries to Stewart Island carry passengers
and light freight only; however secure
vehicle storage is available at the
departure port of Bluff.
services and scenic tours are offered
throughout New Zealand, in boats that
range from historic steamers to fast
water taxis. Wherever theres
an offshore island, a harbour, lake
or river, theres a good chance
youll find a safe and convenient
form of water transport nearby.
If youre short on time, or being
there is more important than getting
there, then air travel is a good option.
Jet aircraft operate between the main
centres; modern light aircraft service
the smaller cities and larger towns.
Around 40 destinations are linked
by scheduled internal air services.
flights offer unique views of our
most spectacular geography. By air,
large areas of wilderness scenery
can be enjoyed in a relatively short
time. Remote islands, volcanic cones
and snow-covered mountains have a
magic of their own when viewed from
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