10 Great Reasons to Travel New Zealand by Bus

No more excuses! Here's ten great reasons to take the bus and go on that Kiwi adventure that you've always wanted.

1. New friends

When you’re hitting the road for a few hours it’s hard to ignore the people around you. But that’s a good thing - strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet! When you travel by the bus the locals take, you will meet Kiwis and other travelers like you. You never know, you may like the sound of their travel plans and then tag along.

2. Affordability

You didn’t come all the way to New Zealand to be pampered for a few days, you came for a fun adventure and to experience as much of the country as possible, for as long as possible! Long distance bus fares in New Zealand start from only $1!

By creating your own itinerary, taking the bus to your choice of destinations, and booking your own style of accommodation, you can see where every dollar is going and spend it on what you want to.

3. Flexible and Convenient

If you’re anything like me you won’t want someone else’s timetable to cramp your style. Travelling by bus means you don’t have to book months in advance or pay a horrendous last-minute-change-of-plans-fee when you decide to stay on somewhere for a bit longer.

4. You take travelling seriously

Many people like to go on a set-itinerary tour with a blank slate, ready to be fed information as they go. If you’re an “educated traveler” this may not be for you. You have done your research and don’t need to be told it all again. Being taken A to B is all you and your wallet need.

5. Cool Extras

If you decide to travel on an Intercity Flexipass, a number of dedicated sightseeing day tours such as awesomeNZ and GreatSights are included. Your flexitrips pass covers the travel component and you just pay for your optional extras, ie. Snacks and entrance fees. Visiting Piahia? Hop on the Dolphin Watching Cruise – it’s only 3.15 hours of Flexipass credit.

6. Travel in style

Those days of juggling the map, steering wheel and road-trip snacks are over. Your only responsibility is to make sure you’re comfortable. Air conditioned coaches enable you to sit comfortably while soaking in all the sights that you couldn’t usually enjoy without veering off the road.

7. Local insight from the guy sitting next to you

End up experiencing stunning parts of New Zealand that are nowhere to be found online, the ones that don't feature on a travel agents’ list of top 5 places to see. Kiwis are a proud and friendly bunch, eager to share New Zealand’s best kept secrets.

8. No strings attached

When taking the bus to the destination you choose you’ll be taken there, that’s it. Not via a ‘really neat gift shop’ or to a hostel that ‘you are bound to love’. You’re not on a school-field trip where participation in expensive tourist activities is mandatory.

9. Travel with as many or as few friends as you want

Don’t pull the plug on your road trip because the friend you were going to share petrol with just did. Also avoid the awkwardness of uninviting someone because there’s not enough room in the car. The bus solves both problems - whether it’s you and your iPod travelling or the whole crew.

10. Easy to book online

Is it too much to ask for it to be easy to book some quality and affordable transport? Lucky for you taking the bus is easy to book, you can do it all online 24/7. Any qualms? Just call the 0800 number and a friendly kiwi will help you get back on the road in no time.