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New Zealand North & South by InterCity Coach


Sit back, let someone else take the wheel and explore New Zealand by bus on scenic road journeys. Enjoy hotel stays in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, plus the InterIslander ferry and flights are included from Australia on this great North and South Island adventure!

Trip Details:

New Zealand North & South Islands Coach Tour – 9 days

Take advantage of New Zealand’s great InterCity coach services. Sit back and let someone else worry about driving, while you explore the spectacular North and South Islands!

Fly to Auckland to begin your New Zealand discovery. There will be ample free time to enjoy the urban delights of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on this self-guided trip.

After the 3-night stay in Auckland, board the InterCity bus. Gaze out the window on the way to Wellington, as you travel through green pastures, rolling hills and towns like Rotorua and Taupo. The second InterCity bus route skirts the Pacific Coast between Picton and Christchurch. Between the two coach trips is a scenic Cook Strait crossing on the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton, which is sure to be another highlight of this memorable New Zealand holiday!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • It’s a comprehensive, worry-free trip travelling around New Zealand by bus and ferry!
  • Spend three nights in Auckland & Christchurch, plus two nights in Wellington
  • Discover historic monuments, iconic sights & cultural experiences in the cities.
  • Breathtaking coach rides through volcanic mountains, rich forests & rural landscapes!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flights to New Zealand – return economy class with Air New Zealand (or similar carrier)
    • Fly from Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney
  • CoachInterCity bus from Auckland to Wellington through central North Island
    • InterCity bus from Picton to Christchurch, connecting the mountains and the sea
  • FerryInterIslander scenic ferry to marvel at the beautiful Marlborough Sounds
  • Accommodation – 8 nights in standard rooms, based on twin share
    • 3 nights Auckland – VR Auckland Hotel or Grand Central Serviced Apartments
    • 2 nights Wellington – Mercure Hotel or Bella Vista Wellington
    • 3 nights Christchurch – Bella Vista Christchurch or BreakFree on Cashel

Departure Dates:

The lowest price deals depart daily during the following periods:
2023 – 1 May to 10 September; 10 October to 30 November
2024 – 26 January to 31 March

Extra $350 per person for flights from Adelaide, Hobart or Canberra. Extra $650 per person from Perth.

Please contact us for departures at other times of the year or different cities.

Note: Prices are per person, based on twin share. Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date.

Get the Brochure:

View Brochure

Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary.

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add extra nights in New Zealand or upgrade your accommodation.

Extend your holiday: from an extra $100 per person per night.

Upgrade the hotels: from an extra $370 per person for 6 nights.

Fly Business class: from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney from an extra $850 per person.

Want to explore Queenstown? Add on a flight to Queenstown with a 2-night hotel stay and Milford Sound Day Cruise from an extra $650 per person.

Let us know if you’d like to see more of New Zealand by adding car hire or extend your stay with an escorted tour.

We also have a 7-night scenic rail package that follows a similar itinerary but travels by train, instead of coach.

Ask us today about staying in other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). Prices were correct as of 18 April 2023.

The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info



Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive Auckland and catch a taxi to your hotel for the next 2 nights.

Days 2 & 3 Free Days in Auckland
Your time is free to explore Auckland. Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.

Day 4 Auckland – Wellington by InterCity Bus
Today, make your own way to the InterCity Auckland Central bus terminal to catch the coach to Wellington. The journey normally takes around 11.5 hours with comfort stops along the way and travels the centre of the North Island through Rotorua and Taupo.

Arrive in Wellington this evening and make your own way to your centrally located accommodation. Wellington sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington."

Day 5 Wellington
This day is free to enjoy your time discovering more of New Zealand’s capital city.

Day 6 Wellington – Interislander Ferry – Picton – Christchurch by InterCity Bus
This morning check out of your hotel and make your way to the ferry terminal for your 8:45am departure on the Kaitaki Interislander Ferry. Connecting the North Island and South Island since 1962, the Interislander ferry service is New Zealand's original Cook Strait ferry. Sailing between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences. Arrive in Picton on the north of the South Island at approximately 12.15pm where you will disembark and make your own way to the Picton bus station for departure of the service to Christchurch. The coach trip takes around 6 hours and travels mountains and sea on a picturesque road journey.

Upon arrival in Christchurch make your own way to your centrally located accommodation, which will be your comfortable home for the next three nights.

Days 7 & 8 Free Days in Christchurch
Your time is free to explore Christchurch at leisure. Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre's stone-built buildings and today you can see the inspired resurrection and recovery of the vibrant city.

You may want to take the opportunity to explore the surrounding regions or jump onboard the famous TranzAlpine train for a full day trip that covers 223 kilometres (139 miles) each way and traverses the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps.

Day 9 Depart Christchurch
Please catch a taxi Christchurch airport for your flights home. We trust you have had a wonderful time.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, rail & road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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