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9 Things We Love About the New Sleeper Buses


Why you should definitely try the Sleeper Bus from Auckland to Wellington.

Update: Manabus are no longer operational in New Zealand since 15th July 2018. Therefore, sleeper buses are currently not available in New Zealand. This article will be updated once sleeper buses are operating in New Zealand again. For information on current bus travel options, see Travel by Bus in New Zealand: The Ultimate Guide.

Do you ever feel that you don’t achieve enough while you’re asleep? How about being transported from Auckland all the way to Wellington, or vice versa?! With the new travelling craze of sleeper buses in New Zealand you can achieve that dream!

Convenient, cheap and comfortable, sleeper buses are convincing more and more backpackers to start travelling by night. So, of course, we had to give them a closer look. It turns out that there is a lot to like about sleeper buses and companies like ManaBus.com are changing the way backpackers see their transportation between Auckland and Wellington. It is not the painful 9-hour bus ride that it used to be…

What is a sleeper bus? A sleeper bus is a custom-made bus fitted with real beds for each passenger. They have a few amenities like USB plugs and free Wifi to accommodate the tech-savvy travellers. It travels every evening between Auckland and Wellington, the two biggest cities in New Zealand.

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1. It’s got lie-flat beds

Sleeper buses have been designed from scratch to make room for a lie-flat bed for each passenger. The beds are comfortable, well-fitted and come with pillows and even a reading light so you can have a good rest during your journey.


2. Get power!

Because sleeper buses are brand new, they have been kitted out to answer every basic backpacker need. From the free Wifi (see below) to USB charging plugs and even 240V plugs on every bed, even your big bulky laptop will have power all night.


3. You can connect to free Wifi

Every sleeper bus ticket gives you access to free Wifi so you can make the most of your time in bed by catching up with friends and family back home or read our guides of Auckland or Wellington to make the most of your day when you arrive in the morning.


4. Save on accommodation and transportation

Booking a sleeper bus costs about the same price than a hostel night. For this price, you will save on one hostel night, since you’ll spend the night in the bus, plus you’ll save on transportation since you’ll be in your destination in the morning. It’s the best of both worlds.


5. It gives you more time to explore

By sleeping in the bus during your trip you’ll wake up fresh in Auckland or Wellington ready to explore the city. Since it arrives early morning, you will have a full day to explore and make the most of the tons of attractions that both cities have to offer. Plus, if you are leaving the city you can make the most of your full day as the bus is not leaving until 11pm.


6. It has great pick-ups and drop-offs locations

Sleeper buses might leave from the heart of Auckland and Wellington, but they also offer a pick-up in Manukau (near Auckland Airport) and Hamilton making it is easy to hop on the bus in a more convenient location. Drop-offs are also organised in Palmerston North if you feel like exploring the beautiful Manawatu region.


7. Convenient schedule

Leaving at 11pm and arriving just before 9am, the sleeper buses have the most convenient timetable out there to give you more time before leaving and more daylight when arriving. That’s just perfect!


8. Wake up in a new city

Do you remember that feeling when you woke up in the plane and you were in New Zealand, realising that you adventure was about to start? Well, sleeper buses offer the same feeling: fall asleep in Auckland, the City of Sails, and wake up in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital and gateway to the South Island.


9. And much more!

There is more to love about sleeper buses, such as air conditioning, an onboard toilet, helpful bus drivers, twin bed options, generous luggage allowance… Check out ManaBus.com for more info on sleeper buses and to book your next journey.


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