New Zealand is not only stunning, it is also easy to navigate and is probably one of the most ‘traveller’ friendly countries when it comes to budget.
Flying may be the only exception and can be expensive since there isn’t a lot of competition among airlines. Your choice of transport will depend on how quickly you want to get from A to B. You can fly between all New Zealand cities and most major towns using domestic air services. These services are complemented by regional airlines, charter companies and scenic flight operators. To search flights, CLICK HERE.
Driving is done on the left hand side of the road, with the steering wheel on the right of the car, roads are well-maintained and signposted and spectacular scenery awaits you around every corner. Be cautious though and be aware of things like weather extremes, narrow, windy roads and different road rules before you set off. You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver’s licence from your home country or an International Driving Licence. What’s an International Driving Licence and do you need one? Find out more here. Rental car companies offer a wide range of vehicles available to suit any budget. You’ll find all the big names as well as a number of local operators. Generally, the longer you hire the rental car, the cheaper the daily rate. There are branches in the main cities as well as in most of the regional airports throughout the country. Policies on drivers’ ages may vary between car hire companies, so always check the small print, though generally you must be over 21 years old and have held your current licence for a year. A young driver’s surcharge may be added if you’re under 25. Make sure your travel insurance covers rental car hire!
Bus and Coach travel within New Zealand is a cost-effective alternative to flying, flexible and easy fairly cheap. There are with daily scheduled services available throughout the country and a multitude coach companies serving the main tourist routes.
Train travel is an exercise in relaxation. The challenging landscapes demanded some miraculous feats from the early railway engineers and while the rail network isn’t vast, there are some incredible rail journeys on offer. Choose to travel by train and you will witness some spectacular scenery not seen from the roads. Volcanic landscapes, river valleys, national parks and more.
Watercraft is another mode of transport to not only move you around, but to also witness some extraordinary beauty. Water taxis are a user-friendly option, particularly for reaching an out-of-the-way location. Theses can also be private scenic tour of local sights. There is famous ferry route is between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. The ferry also transports vehicles if you have one and sightings of fur seals, whales and dolphins are common along the way. As well as transporting you and your vehicle, if needed, this journey showcases the extraordinary beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Sightings of dolphins, whales and fur seals are common.
A paddlesteamer cruise should be part of your plans if you’re in Auckland, Wanganui or Queenstown.
Water taxis are a handy service for getting to the start of a hiking track or reaching a destination that isn’t accessible by ferry. Most water taxi operators can also put together a customized scenic tour of local sights.
Public Transport is reliable, safe, affordable and available in all major cities and some smaller towns of New Zealand. Passes can be bought for hop on, hop off networks that allow you to move around key attractions within the country. Although New Zealand doesn’t offer a comprehensive passenger train network, the train services it does offer are affordable, comfortable and enjoyable. Taxis are safe and cheap and a majority of the drivers are a part of the New Zealand Taxi Federation. Uber is available, much to the dismay of taxi drivers and the public bus system is again, safe reliable and cheap. Alot of people may choose this option to get save money, though for your own personal safety, NEVER hitchhike or take rides from strangers whilst travelling. To read more on personal safety when in New Zealand, CLICK HERE.