With more than 15,000kms of coastline and around 2,026 km separating the North and South islands, New Zealand is a vast country to make your way around. Fortunately there are ample ways to travel around Kiwi land.
If planning to travel to a few of NZ’s top cities, in between the two islands, or if you’re short on time, flying may be a good option. There are a number of major airlines, budget airlines, and smaller regional airlines that connect to all major cities and/or the outer islands. Some of these include Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Barrier Air.
By Car or Campervan
A popular way of getting around New Zealand is hiring a campervan due to the abundance of caravan parks around the country, and the budget-friendly way of seeing many different destinations with built-in accommodation. There are a number of companies which rent out campervans, including Jucy, Escape Campervans and Maui.
Then there’s always the standard car rental route you can take to sightsee around the land of the long white cloud. Prices vary based on length of rental and type of vehicle chosen but most of the major car rental companies operate around NZ, including some smaller companies. Just remember to check whether you need an international license, or if you can get by using your local license. The New Zealand Transport Agency outlines rules on licenses for driving on New Zealand roads.
There are a few bus companies which can transport you around NZ, including InterCity and Kiwi Experience – just make sure you check which provider offers trips to your chosen locations. Also be sure to check out the different types of bus passes on offer – you may be able to save some$$$ by getting a pass!
The main reasons for travelling around NZ by boat would be to visit one of the outer islands such as Waiheke Island or Great Barrier; or if travelling between the North and South islands. The Interislander ferry runs a service between the two – more specifically between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South.