New Zealand Transport Guide

New Zealand’s public transport is fantastic for travellers. Both convenient, safe and relatively cheap, the country operates a wide range of buses, trains, ferries and flights throughout its cities and large towns.

How to get around New Zealand

Bus travel in New Zealand is the most popular form of getting around with each zone of a city costing just a few dollars to commute through. Watch out for MAXX buses in Auckland, Metlink buses in Wellington and Metro buses in Christchurch. Although train routes through the country are not entirely comprehensive, the fare prices on lines that are offered are affordable. Wellington has a tram system and along with Auckland also has a metropolitan train network linking central regions to the suburbs. The TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific trains in the South Island link cities together and are a scenic travel option. In the north, a link named the Overlander runs most of the length of the island. Ferries run between most Auckland suburbs and also connect to a number of islands in the Hauraki Gulf. The inter-island ferries dart back and forth between Wellington in the North and Picton in the South. When catching a taxi, most drivers belong to the NZ Taxi Federation; if unsure don’t hesitate to ask the driver.