South Island Transportation

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  • March 2015:  just out of Christchurch on way home
    March 2015: just out of Christchurch on...
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South Island Transportation

  • getting around

    Christchurch Transportation

    Rent a car is highly recommended in New Zealand, especially the South Island. Hertz and Europcar are the 2 market leaders. With Hertz, for the automatic compact group, usually they give you a Toyota Corolla which looks fancy, but in terms of driving experience and technologies, especially South Island has a lot of hilly and challenging roads,...

  • Getting There

    Christchurch Transportation

    - If you want to start or end your NZ trip in Christchurch, or both, the most comfortable way of getting here is by chosing an airline that flies directly to Christchurch, and not via Auckland, check out the luggage, check it in again, and then walk or shuttle from the International Airport to the Domestic Airport. Immigration procedures in...

  • Bus Exchange

    Christchurch Transportation

    On 25 October the two temporary bus exchanges will merge into one single central bus exchange which will make connecting bus journeys easier and quicker. The new exchange will not be on the same site as the old one that is still in the 'red zone' the area closed after the quake. NEW: The new exchange will be at 52 Lingfield street and buses will...

  • Ferry between North and South Island

    Being prone o seasickness, I was extremely wary of taking the Interislander Ferry between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island). Heard horror stories. Fortunately the ferry was large enough and the sea was calm enough. I survived the ferry rides both ways. Like the bus and railway tickets in New Zealand, found that there are discount...

  • Rent a Car!

    Renting a car in New Zealand is not an expensive option especially if you're travelling in pair or more.The cost is of course depends on the type of car and the rental company.NZ has a very good public transportation and they're convinient as well. But having a car of your own give a lot of flexibility. There is a lot of scenic stop in NZ along the...

  • How long? How far?

    One thing to be prepared for is just how long some drives are in NZ. It may look little on a world map in all that empty ocean but the reality is there are some long distances to cover not to mention lots of "must stop and look at the scenery" moments along the way. Check this website for distances and driving times on the South Island

  • Travel Maps and Advice

    We thought about taking our GPS and downloading NZ maps before we left but in the end decided against it. Great decision because everywhere there were tourist maps for when you were in a city and the car rental place gave us a thick AA book with everything we could need not to mention there were free guides (with driving maps and much more) in them...

  • Haast Bridge

    Some good friends who travelled the South Island a year or so ago loved the long one lane bridge at Haast. It was pretty cool but I am glad we didn't meet anyone whilst we were half way across. I was getting flashbacks to the skinny little lanes in England and Wales and needing to reverse to safely before we could continue on our way.

  • Air New Zealand

    We flew to America and back with Air New Zealand and loved them so we didn't even price any other flights when we flew Brisbane to Christchurch return.It cost us about $1300 Australia for the two of us. This included taxes etc and was a bit dear but it was in the Christmas/New Years period. We were surprised to get individual in flight...

  • The TranzAlpine Train

    I love train trips and when I read that this was one of the best in the world I was keen to take it. We used it as our transport to get from Christchurch on NZ East Coast over to the West Coast before we hire our car. The train departs daily around 8am and arrives on the West Coast at just after noon. There are many places you can get off the train...

  • One Lane Bridges!

    We enjoyed driving around New Zealand. They drive on the same side as us Aussies so that wasn't a worry. What was a little different were all the one lane bridges. They had signs on either side to say who had to give way and with a little patience they work well. The best one I saw (which I didn't get a photo of) was not only a one lane bridge but...

  • Queenstown - Arriving by Air

    If you are a fan of jaw dropping views then arriving by air into Queenstown is a wonderful experience. Depending where you fly from, there are great views of the snow capped Southern Alps most of the year, and the approach into Queenstown is spectacular. It feels like you could reach out and touch The Remarkables as you land. I flew there on a Jet...

  • Southern Link Coaches to a lot of...

    Southern Link Coaches offer daily trips from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Nelson and Motueka. The latter includes St. Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes National Park and Takaka (Golden Bay).There is also a route along the northern coast from Picton to Nelson, Marahau, Takaka and the Heaphy Track which is serviced...

  • Domestic flight expensive

    As domestic flights are generally expensive, you can save if you select to flying internationally into Christchurch and choose to fly home from Auckland. Or vice versa. This is to avoid paying for Christchurch-Auckland domestic flight.Major domestic flights are by Air New Zealand, Qantas.

  • Cruise Ship

    many Cruiseships arrive in New Zealand ..Auckland, Christchurch..moring in Lyttelton Harbour and Port Chalmers/DunedinTrain meets Ship in Port ChalmersLyttelton Harbour has Public Transport Servic and Auckland, you just walk from the Pier into Town,VT Mate......fishnchips...found this useful Distance Calculator for the Southisland and North Island

  • It's bigger than it looks

    Be aware that the South Island of NZ is not really that big but because of a mountain range down its middle/western side it can take quite a bit of driving to get to your destination.For the specifics of how far and how long look at the Driving Distance Calculator so you know just how big the trip you are planning really is.

  • Rent a Car~!

    With the unbelievable natural beauty of New Zealand, I can not stress enough the importance of renting a car and just getting out there to see it yourself. Make sure you check with the car company and make sure that there are unlimited Km's though. You can rack up a large number of kms otherwise! We did about 2400kms over the 9 days!We chose...

  • Christchurch International Airport

    One of the most important things to know when planning a trip to the South Island is how to get here. If you are looking at this page from an international location, there are several ways to make it directly to the South Island, but only one good choice if you want to come directly. Christchurch International Airport services mostly Australian...

  • Travelling Time and Petrol Price

    Listed below are the travelling time and petrol cost during my South Island trip in Dec 2005.Conclusion => Petrol Prices are much cheaper in bigger towns.Christchurch => Arthur's 5 hr 10 min 1.319 (petrol price)Arthur's Pass => Hokitika 1 hr 30 min 1.37Hokitika => Ross 0 hr 25 min Ross => Franz Josef 1 hr 40 min Franz Josef => Fox...

  • Interislander Ferry.

    The Interislander Ferry carries vehicles as well as foot passengers, between the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand. The trip between Wellington and Picton varies according to the weather, however normally it takes around 3.5 hours. The Cook Strait is a very treacherous piece of water during a storm, but can also be millpond still on...

  • South Island Transportation Information

    Transportation Information for South Island:Alpine Coachlines (Goodsports) Aspiring Express (Edgewater) Atomic Shuttles Backpacker Bus Info and Track Intercity Experience Magic Bus...

  • Magic Bus

    Magic Bus is a combination between Bus and tour program. It acted like a bus but if a bus only goes to one point to another, Magic Bus will stop at any tourist spot and scenis stops and teh driver also acts as tourist guide and gives commentary on interesting sites. They can also book you on any activities u're interested in along the way. It...

  • Intercity Coachlines

    The only NZ National Coach network. You can buy :- A to Z ticket- Sector Passes- or buy a flexi pass (top up option) which is a more economical option if you plan to travel extensively around the countryYou can book the ticket via website, thru travel agents or call their national contactAlthough you have a travel pass, you still need to book a...

  • Atomic Shuttle

    There are 2 main Public Bus to go around in New Zealand. Atomic Shuttle is owned by South Island company. Atomic shuttle is less famous than the intercity but it offers a more personalized service. People said they can drop you off in front of your hotel/hostel unlike intercity which has designated hop on & hop off point.You always have to book...

  • by Train

    from the Pacific to the Tasman Sea, East Coast South Island to the West Coast. take the Train from Christchurch to Greymouth and have a fabulous ride. BBC survey from 2000 tells you, its one of the 5 best Train travels in the World...they have a point

  • By Car

    The South Island's natural beauty is so enchanting that the only way to see it is by road. Car rentals are reasonable and good discounts are given based on length of rental. If you are there in Summer, a motorcycle is not a bad idea but for the long stretches with less rest stops you will have to watch your "rump". :-)

  • Don't lock yourself into a bus pass

    Don't lock yourself in a bus ticket which puts you on a set route. You may decide later there are places on the route you don't want to go to, or places you want to go to that are not covered on the ticket. You can also easily find rides from point to point, saving fare for that section. You can often buy cheap fare from point to point or get...

  • sailing

    one of the many passionate past time sport,sailing. Kiwis can't fly, but sure the can sail.....they are good at that

  • Our Airline..Air New Zealand..

    easy to fly from nord to south, from every major City..or Schedules from smaller online is much cheaper then goin to a Travel Agent.

  • Driving Safely in Otago and Southland

    Otago and Southland driving conditions are among NZ's most demanding. Fiordland The spectacular Milford Road between Te Anau and Milford Sound has steep gradients and tight corners and carries up to 80 tour buses a day November-March. Special care is needed at numerous one-lane bridges and the twisty Homer Saddle section. South Otago The Catlins...

  • Tranz Alpine Express

    Experience the high country on this spectacular train journey. Travelling west over the Canterbury Plains, through viaducts, up remote gorges, through tunnels and over high mountain passes you can see the Southern Alps as you cross one side of the South Island to the other.

  • The Interislander

    The Interislander service connects the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and runs between Wellington and Picton. It is a truly glorious ride, going through some very picturesque scenery. On a good day from the ferry you can definitely see all the way to the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps. And if you're really lucky, dolphins may...

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