With so many things to do and spectacular places to see, choosing how you travel around New Zealand is as important as choosing where you want to go.

Choosing transport in New Zealand depends on how quickly you want to get from one place to the next and how much you want to see on your journey. You can self-drive, join a guided tour, book flights, or take a train or bus. Passenger and vehicle ferries offer services between the North, South and other islands too.


See the sights at your own pace and hire a rental car or motorhome to travel around New Zealand. We have a range of itineraries to make planning your road trip easy and help you see the best New Zealand has to offer in the time you have. Use our travel calculator to work out driving times and distances. You can also hire bikes or motorbikes.

Bus and coach

If you would prefer that someone else does the driving, there are guided coach tours ranging from day trips to multi-day itineraries. Or you can use the nationwide bus network to travel between regions. New Zealand’s bigger cities have hop-on hop-off bus experiences for an easy way to see the sights, as well as public bus networks.


Flights are available right around New Zealand, from the Far North down to Stewart Island in the south and some outlying islands. Booking domestic flights are easy and there are airports in the major cities and throughout the regions.

Ferries and water taxis

Being an island nation, ferries and water taxis are an important part of getting around New Zealand. Regular passenger and vehicle ferries connect the North and South Islands across Cook Strait, while a passenger ferry links the South Island with Stewart Island. Elsewhere around the country, you’ll find ferries travelling between outlying islands and smaller water taxis in some locations for quick and easy trips.


Travelling by rail gives you a front-row view of spectacular scenery often not visible from the road. There are three main scenic rail journeys in New Zealand, traversing the North and South Islands. There are also some rail services connecting the regions and suburban trains within Wellington and Auckland.

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