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New Zealand Public Transport

New Zealand has a series of safe public transport systems in all major cities and some towns. Comprising buses, trains and ferries, public transport in New Zealand is easy to use, and is a reliable and affordable option for exploring New Zealand's big cities.


New Zealand Buses

New Zealand’s public bus system is safe, cheap and reliable. All the major cities offer public bus transport – generally costing around NZ$1.50 - $3.00 per sector.


Timetable Information: +64 9 366 6400 or 0800 10 30 80


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Timetable Information: +64 3 366 88 55

Taxis in New Zealand

Taxis (including mini-vans, shuttle buses and wheelchair-access vans) in New Zealand are cheap and safe, with most drivers belonging to the New Zealand Taxi Federation.

Taxis usually cost between NZ$2 and NZ$3 per kilometre for inner-city travel.

Taxi companies are usually busiest on Friday and Saturday nights – so if you need to travel at these times be sure to book well in advance by phoning the taxi company.

New Zealand Trains

Although New Zealand doesn't offer a comprehensive passenger train network, the train services it does offer are affordable, comfortable and enjoyable.

As well as the famous TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific train journeys in the South Island, passengers can travel between cities on the Overlander that travels most of the length of the North Island. Contact TranzScenic Rail for information on prices, destinations and timetables.

Metropolitan trains are available in Auckland and Wellington, travelling from the central city to selected suburbs.

Wellington also offers tram transport.

Ferry Transport in New Zealand

As well as the interisland ferries that travel between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island, public ferry transport is available between several Auckland suburbs and to most islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

 The Interislander ferry in the Marlborough Sounds.  The Interislander

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