The New Zealand Transportation System Getting To And Around The Nation

The mountainous landscape, long coastline and relatively small population cause many problems for the New Zealand transportation system, and travel can be inconvenient in New Zealand if you don’t have a personal mode of transportation. Even boat travel isn’t as simple as one might think for a country of islands. Before Europeans arrived, Maori Indians travelled primarily on foot. Today, automobiles and airplanes are the most common modes of transportation.
As a nation dependent on automobile transport, the government has proposed a $21 billion dollar project to improve road infrastructure. (New Zealand Transport Agency, 2011)

Getting to New Zealand

New Zealand’s international airports are located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and Queenstown. A number of airlines travel to and throughout New Zealand, and flights from Europe, Asia and North and South America are generally expensive.
Unfortunately for travelers looking for inexpensive flights, New Zealand doesn’t experience a typical off-season, so prices stay high throughout the year, though prices may fluctuate slightly. The most expensive flights are usually from December to February during New Zealand’s summer.
Americans traveling to New Zealand need a valid U.S. passport. No visa is required. Retirees wishing to move to New Zealand must apply for the appropriate visa as soon as possible upon arrival.

Getting Around New Zealand

Driving and air travel are the most popular modes of transportation in New Zealand. Domestic flights are often less expensive than driving or taking public transportation.
Public transportation isn’t as common or efficient as many westerners may be used to, but many urban areas have some form of service. Bus travel is the most common, though long distance bus travel in New Zealand is tedious and can be expensive.
The national bus line is InterCity Coaches