Visitors and migrants to New Zealand have an extensive choice of transportation available to them. Because New Zealand is an easy place to navigate, be it around a town, city or the length of the country, most people find it relatively easy to find transport to fit their requirements and budget.

Suburban Transport
New Zealanders enjoy an extensive suburban bus network as an economical way to travel around a town or city. Using suburban bus transport instead of driving your car eliminates car parking, petrol and general car running costs. Bus fares normally start at NZ $2.50 and increase with each ‘stage’ you travel, obviously the further you travel the more it will cost, however you can purchase concession cards and cheaper bus fares is available for students and senior citizens. Many of the larger cities in New Zealand offer a free bus service that travels a set route periodically within the inner city area.

Taxis are often more convenient than buses and for this reason hiring a taxi is more expensive but with benefits such as operating 24 hours a day along with pick up and drop off to any destination, whereas buses are limited to the routes they can take and timetables. Taxi companies are listed in local phone books and you can also hail down an empty taxi or find one at a “taxi stand”. Taxi charges vary depending on location however most flagfalls start at NZ $2.00 and then $2.00 per kilometre.

Auckland and Wellington offer suburban rail services with trains running throughout the day. The cost of travelling via train varies but charging is similar to suburban buses as you are charged per stage of journey. Catching a suburban train can cost from NZ $2.00 upwards, the longer the journey the more you should expect to pay.

National Transport

Sea, Train & Coach Travel
The price for crossing the Cook Strait via ferry depends on the time of year you choose to travel and if you are transporting a vehicle. An adult travelling without a vehicle, one way from Wellington to Picton can expect to pay from NZ $52.00 off peak.

Bus Pass New Zealand

The Trans Scenic railroad network covers most of New Zealand and in comparison to flying allows people a more scenic and economical travelling experience while coach travel is available to most destinations in both the North and South Islands. You can purchase individual tickets for national transport however if you plan to investigate New Zealand extensively then a basic TravelPass could save you up to 40% on transport costs. TravelPass allows unlimited coach travel on specified company coaches for a specific number of travel days within a twelve month period. The pass also allows for one Cook Strait ferry crossing.

Air Travel
Major cities and towns in New Zealand are accessible by air on a daily basis while many smaller areas have some type of domestic airport. Fares can vary depending on the time of year you are intending to fly, your destination and the company you choose to travel with. 1 adult travelling one way from Auckland to Christchurch should expect to pay between NZ $150 – $260, however many companies such as Air New Zealand do offer some excellent special prices on domestic travel.

Personal Motor Vehicle
New and used vehicles in New Zealand are for sale both privately or through licensed motor vehicle dealers. If you purchase a motor vehicle through a Licensed Motor Vehicle Dealer (LMVD) you have the benefits of a comprehensive range of mechanical cover warrantees plus added protection under the Consumer Act. Purchasing from a private vendor means you are buying the vehicle in an “as is” condition, which can be risky business if you end up purchasing a ‘lemon’.

The cost of buying a vehicle in New Zealand varies, you can purchase a new BMW for approximately NZ $120,000 while a second hand 2005 BMW has a retail price of NZ $15,000. You can find quality used Japanese imports for around NZ $5,000 upwards.

Running costs for a vehicle soon add up! All vehicles on New Zealand roads must pass a road-worthiness test set by the LTSA, this must be done every 12 months for a new car and every 6 months for other cars and costs approximately NZ $40.00 each time. Vehicles must be re-licensed every 12 months for around NZ $210.00. Cost of petrol in New Zealand fluctuates but expect to pay NZ $2.16 per litre. Car insurance in New Zealand is not compulsory, however it is highly recommended! Shop around different insurance companies to find the best price, what you can expect to pay for car insurance depends on many factors, such as the amount your car is worth, age of driver plus previous driving and insurance records.

New Zealand roads are very cycle friendly and many cities have installed cycle lanes around city routes. It is compulsory in New Zealand to wear a cycle helmet which can be purchased from NZ$ 40.00. Purchasing a new bike from a cycle shop gives you the benefits of qualified mechanics, sales support and their expertise at helping you find a bike suitable to your requirements. Budget to spend at least NZ $800.00 for a good quality new bike while a decent second hand bike will cost from NZ $300.00.

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Like most people, I have many passions, goals and dreams. As a self made business professional, my focus is helping my clients, associates and friends, build, strengthen and maintain their success. It would be fair to say I am in the full time business of building relationships and feel my purpose and skill is connecting the right people with the right people. My professional work tends to dominate my personal life, to the horror of my partner and business mentor. They both fully support me yet give me the hard truths when I need to hear this. I am always investing in my personal development to have a fulfilled work/life balance. I enjoy Target Shooting, Hiking & Mountain Biking to clear the brain and to take the guilt away when indulging at a quirky cafe for a cooked breakfast or brunch. My passion for travelling has seen me experience the world on many occasions, my next adventure will be doing the Tibet Rail Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Golmud as long as they have Wi-Fi aboard ;-) I have many goals I still wish to achieve but am pretty chuffed that I have accomplished so many of these already.

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