8 reasons why travelling by bus is the best way to see New Zealand

So, you’ve journeyed to the other side of the world and saved up a small fortune for your trip. Now you want to explore the full 990 mile length of New Zealand, but you’re not sure how. If you’re not that confident taking on the New Zealand roads, can’t drive, flying solo or just simply don’t want to have to bother with lots of route planning, a Hop-on Hop-off bus is for you. It’s easy, flexible, relaxing and super convenient. Here are our top reasons for travelling New Zealand by Hop-on Hop-off buses.

1. Stress free

One of my favorite shots from my time here in New Zealand. None of this would have been possible if not for the people at @GoOverseas and the Education New Zealand Scholarship. I am ecstatic that next week another life will be changed, just as mine was. If you want to see this years recipient, check out #followthekiwi!

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There is no need worry about traffic or getting lost, as someone else is doing the driving. It’s completely hassle free. Meaning you can admire the changing landscape, which New Zealand is so famous for, from the comfort of your window seat.

2. Insta ready

One thing you won’t get tired of seeing is the crazy blue water all over the South Island of New Zealand. . . #purenewzealand #passionpassport #tlpicks #beautifuldestinations #letsgosomewhere #takemoreadventures #traveldeeper #travelstoke #roamtheplanet #wildernessculture #modernoutdoors #optoutside #neverstopexploring #exploremore #exploretocreate #newzealand #nzmustdo #newzealandguide #ourplanetdaily #wanderout #destinationnz #livefolk #liveauthentic #bucketlisters #timeoutsociety #hokitika #hokitikagorge

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Spot the perfect setting for an Instagram snap or a selfie? No problem! The Hop-on Hop-off bus drivers are always happy to make a quick photo stop to help you keep your (many) followers updated with your escapades and adventures

3. Practical

From the north to the south! #theverysouth#bluff#newzealand#theothersideoftheworld#ocean#lighthouse#travellove#backpacking

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Worried about how you’re going to find your hostel in a town you’ve never been to? No worries, a Hop-on Hop-off bus will drop you right at the door of your hostel or at a very central point in town.

4. New travel buddies

Evening walks with these two. Queenstown isn’t so bad

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Flying solo? We met some of the friendliest backpackers of our whole 10 month trip on the bus. They were full of super useful tips and awesome recommendations. We also teamed up together and negotiated group discounts on tours, which is always a winner.

5. Flexible

Took a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier !!!! Wwoooaaahhh @rynotime ‘s iPhone 7+ at it AGAIN! #gtp

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Don’t want to be pinned down to anyone’s schedule? Or maybe you just want to stay a little longer in Queenstown? Bus travel is designed for even the most laid-back of travellers. Once you are ready to move onto the next stop, you can login via your bus pass and book your seat.

6. Sleeeep

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It’s a tough life all this travelling malarkey and it’s more tiring than you think. There is so much to pack in – from glacier hikes, bungy jumps, canyon swings and a whole heap more. You can sleep to your heart’s content on the bus, meaning you get to save your energy for the important stuff (if only it was as cosy as it looks there…)

7. Local tips and tricks

Views from inside a million year old cave

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Have you got serious fear of missing out? Want to discover those hidden gems off the beaten track? Our Hop-on Hop-off bus driver knew a treasure trove of places that fly under the radar. After all, there is no one better person to show you the most beautiful parts of New Zealand than a local.

8. Fit it ALL in

Next step ? #newzealand #newzealandmap #gapyear #2k17

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Tight on time? Want to pack in as much as possible? For those that like a little more structure, Hop-on Hop-off bus companies such as Kiwi Experience have created itineraries to help you make the most of your trip in New Zealand.