Utilising the public transport network in the youngest country on earth!
We get it. When there are so many travel options available, it can be a little overwhelming. Do you choose to take a guided tour, self drive, or fly? We want to make it easy for you and show you how you can get around using the New Zealand public transportation network. What a great way to travel, you can be free as a bird and sustainable at the same time. And let’s be honest, whilst flying can be exciting, there is so much more to see whilst travelling on land which you would otherwise miss out on.
Our Born to Roam tours have been designed to allow you the independence of travelling unguided but with the reassurance that everything has been arranged for you. Speed is not the aim, using the public transport network means you are travelling slowly (and sustainability), so you can simply sit back and take in the amazing scenery Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer.
Bus and Coach
Travelling by bus is the most common way to travel around the country. Intercity and Skip are the two main providers of this service. Together they provide a great network across the country., and they make it easy and straightforward. When you are checking in at your designated departure you will be asked for a copy of your confirmation. Your bus driver will safely store your luggage and you are good to go.
While travelling by train is not as common in New Zealand, it is an incredible experience that should not be missed. There are three Kiwirail Scenic Rail Journeys that travel across spectacular landscapes and rugged coastline. Every one of them has their own personality which makes it hard to choose!
- Northern Explorer – links Auckland with Wellington, a remarkable 12-hour journey through Tongariro National Park, the volcanic heart of the North Island.
- Coastal Pacific – connects Picton and Christchurch on an astonishing journey along the rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean. If you are lucky you get to see some seals and penguins.
- TranzApline – this exceptional journey takes you from Christchurch to Greymouth or vice versa by crossing the spectacular Southern Alps.
If train travel is your thing (or even if it isn’t!), then jump on board one of our Born to Roam – Ride the Rails tours, which offer exceptional vistas at every turn. They are the epitome of slow tourism – escaping the regular rat race of the roads – so you can relax, sit back and simply admire the views from your windows.
Choose from the 5-day North edition to sample the Northern Explorer; the 5-day South edition to experience Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine – or our 8-day Ride the Rails tour to encompass the railway delights of both Islands.
As a country that is surrounded by water there are some journeys that must be taken by sea. The most commonly-used connection is between the North and South Island which is known as “crossing the Cook Strait”, and is said to be one of the most beautiful sailing journeys in the world.
There are two ferry companies to choose from (Bluebridge and Interislander), which travel regularly between Wellington and Picton, with both terminals being centrally located.
If you are lucky enough to visit Stewart Island you will need to catch the ferry from Bluff to Oban. An easy 1-hour ride which departs twice daily.
Now, don’t forget about all the great smaller Islands that Aotearoa has to offer. If you find yourself in Auckland for a couple of days, you should not miss out on checking out some of the surrounding islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Jump on board Fullers ferries and head over to these islands:
- Waiheke Island, 40 minutes
- Rangitoto Island, 25 minutes
- Tiritiri Matangi Island, 75 minutes
- Rotoroa Island, 75 minutes
- Motutapu Island, 35 minutes
If this made you keen for more, our 9-day Born to Roam – Hauraki Hopper is the perfect trip for you. Featuring wine tasting on Waiheke, star gazing on Great Barrier, hiking to the summit of Rangitoto and nature watching on Tiritiri Matangi – what’s not to love!
For travellers passionate about water, then we also recommend the following tours: The Deep South (which features Stewart Island and Milford Sound); A Symphony of Sounds (featuring both Doubtful and Milford Sound).
I hope we’ve illustrated that journeying through Aotearoa New Zealand utilising the public transportation network can be a great adventure. With our brand new Born to Roam tour series you’ll be just sweet, with all the essentials such as accommodation and transport arranged for you.
All you have to do is decide on a tour, which might be the hardest part of it all.
Book your Born to Roam tour today: https://hakatours.com/born-to-roam/
Plus right now you can save 10% on select departures!