Buses are the main form of public transport in New Zealand, with some areas also offering trains, ferries and trams.
Public transport between cities
Buses are the cheapest and most common form of public transport available for travelling between towns and cities. Intercity(opens in new window) and Naked Bus are the two main providers of this service, and fares start from around NZ$10.
Although not public transport, hop-on hop-off buses are also a popular way to get around New Zealand, especially among backpackers. Choose your pass and make up your itinerary as you go along.
Ferries are popular for travel between the North and South Islands. The two major providers are InterIslander and Bluebridge, and fares start at NZ$55 for foot passengers. Taking the ferry means you’ll experience the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on your way into or out of Picton.
Water taxis are smaller vessels which offer a scheduled service visiting the small ports which ferries can’t reach – handy for reaching out of the way hiking and mountain biking spots in places like Queen Charlotte Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park.