What is the best transportation method in New Zealand?

With so many things to do and see in New Zealand and so little time, choosing your means of transportation is one of the most curtail decisions to make when planning your working holiday visa experience in New Zealand. In short, your options are: buying or renting a car or campervan, taking the bus, flying from a city to another, or taking the train.

Here is our take on each of those options:

Car / Campervan

Buying or renting a car or Campervan is the most flexible option to travel around New Zealand. That said, the roads are not always well maintained. You will have to drive on the left. With the constantly rising fuel prices, it is always the most expensive option.

Our opinion: Good if you are 3 or more people in a car.

We highly recommend you get a car insurance if you decide to travel around NZ by car. We do understand that saving money is important but having good car insurance is important when travelling through a foreign country.


There are 2 types of buses in New Zealand; coach buses that go from one town to and other without providing any other services and hop-on hop-off buses that offer flexible guided tours through the country along with many other services. It is by far the cheapest way to travel the country and you will meet a lot of likeminded people along the way. However, you will be limited by the designated routes.

Our opinion: Great for those that want to make friends and save money.


If you choose to fly within New Zealand, stick to the 4 main airports (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown). Any other airport will be extremely expensive to fly to due to its small size. If booked ahead it can be quite cheap to fly domestically in New Zealand but you will miss the incredible landscape of the countryside.

Our opinion: Only to be used when time is an issue.


With only 3 inter city train lines in New Zealand this option is very limited. That said, the 3 lines are world famous for been some of the most scenic train journeys in the world. It is definitively an experience to enjoy for what it is, an attraction rather than transportation means.

Our opinion: Perfect for the train fans, not worth it for others.

No matter what you choose, you will have the time of your life in New Zealand. Our country begs to be discovered by any means necessary.

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