Local Transportation in New Zealand

Planes, trains and automobiles…what’s the best way to get around?

Should I take a train, bus, taxi, or plane?

The answer to this question is going to depend a lot on where in New Zealand you are traveling! In most larger cities in New Zealand you will have access to all of these modes of transportation, however in rural areas of New Zealand your options will be a bit more limited.

Do you want to travel around a city or a limited area of New Zealand? Well, when walking is just a bit too far, traveling on one of New Zealand’s bus systems is a great option! Most major cities in New Zealand have an extensive network of city buses servicing a wide radius in and around the city. If you plan on traveling frequently via bus you can purchase a multiple trip bus pass. You can also travel between major cities and small towns on charter buses. Check out providers’ websites to find the best deals available, as many charter bus companies offer student discounts.

Train travel is a very popular form of transportation throughout New Zealand. When should I use the train you ask? That depends a lot on where you are in New Zealand. Along the east coast of New Zealand there is an extensive network of trains that can take you between many areas within a particular state.

If traveling on land doesn’t get you where you need to go, you can take to the skies. There are several airlines in New Zealand that provide short and inexpensive flights all around the country. The main domestic airlines in New Zealand are Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, and Qantas. To find the best flight deals, check out sites such as: Kayak, Expedia, Priceline, and CheapAir.

Australia- JetstarNew Zealand- Air New Zealand

Australia- Qantas Australia- Virgin Australia


**Pick-pockets: While traveling in New Zealand is a breeze, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings. Pick-pocketing is a major occurrence, especially in larger cities. Make sure that your bag is zipped up and carried in front of you and that your wallet is tucked away safely. It is also a good idea to keep copies of your passport and essential documents in your dorm or hotel room, just in case. Keep an eye out for yourself and your friends on crowded metro trains and don’t be afraid to make a lot of noise if you see something out of place. Pick-pockets scare easily!