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10 Reasons Why Bus Travel is Actually Awesome in New Zealand

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Sit back, relax and take the bus.

Travelling by the “peasant wagon” doesn’t have the most glamorous reputation but we can think of a few great reasons why travelling New Zealand by bus is a good idea. In this case, we mean the coaches that travel between New Zealand’s towns and cities. There are two affordable bus companies that offer this service nationwide: InterCity and Naked Bus. ManaBus also services the North Island.

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1. Let someone else worry about the driving.

Relying on an experienced bus driver who knows where they are going and can tackle the windy roads is often preferable to having to drive yourself.

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2. Time to daydream and reflect on the awesomeness of New Zealand.

Get lost in your thoughts – something you might not usually get time to do with a hectic backpacker lifestyle.

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3. Coffee breaks!

Longer bus journeys will include coffee stops – a perfect opportunity to try that famous New Zealand coffee.

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4. No-nonsense travel.

Bus travel will get you from A-B relatively quickly.

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5. Cheap as!

Cheapest way to travel.

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6. Free Wi-Fi!

Many of the bus journeys use coaches with free Wi-Fi. The connection comes and goes depending on coverage.

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7. Learn more about New Zealand.

Some bus drivers provide commentary on places you travel through.

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8. Meet a variety of people.

Both locals, tourists and backpackers use coach services so it’s a chance to talk to a variety of people.

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9. Easy to use.

Some bus companies will pick you up from your hostel so it’s worth giving them a call. Otherwise, just show up at the specified bus stop 15 minutes before your departure time.

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10. More eco-friendly.

Less cars on the road equals less CO² emissions! Simple! See other ways you can be a green backpacker here.

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