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Getting Around In New Zealand
New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful country, and there are many ways to get around by land, air, sea and rail. 
Air Travel
New Zealand has a comprehensive network of international and domestic airports. There are international airports at Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, being the main gateways Auckland and Christchurch. Air New Zealand and Qantas operate domestic flights between the major airports, and several smaller airlines, including Air Nelson, Eagle Airways and Mount Cook Airlines (owned by Air New Zealand and grouped together as Air New Zealand Link) that serves many of the smaller airports throughout the two islands.
   
Rail Journeys 
Touring New Zealand by train is an exercise in relaxation, plus you'll see parts of the country that aren't visible from the road.  TranzScenic Trains scheduled train travel in New Zealand is both leisurely and scenic and can add a delightful variant to your self-drive itinerary.
On the North Island, The Overlander is a glorious journey through the interior, travelling between Auckland and Wellington. Highlights include Tongariro National Park and the Raurimu Spiral, an amazing feat of railway engineering. On the South Island, The Coastal Pacific runs through the Marlborough wine country from Picton to Christchurch via Blenheim and Kaikoura and ties in with the InterIslander ferry service - ideal if you wish to change vehicles between islands. The scenery is remarkable, with the Kaikoura Ranges rising steeply on one side and the Pacific Ocean swells washing over a rocky coastline on the other. Seals and penguins can often be seen on the rocks.  The TranzAlpine - one of the world's greatest - crosses the Southern Alps on a journey that links the city of Christchurch to historic Greymouth, a river town on the rugged West Coast. Highlights include the Staircase viaduct, Arthur's Pass National Park and the Otira tunnel.

Ground Transportation
Ground transportation is a popular way to get around in New Zealand. Whether for hotel-airport transfers, daytrips, multi-day excursions, or exploring this extraordinary country in you're own car, there are a few basic modes of overland transportation:
 Self Drive/ Car Rental/ Motor Home:
New Zealand is a great country for driving. Traffic is generally light, roads are well-maintained and the passing scenery makes every kilometer worthwhile. The main advantage of having your own vehicle is the freedom to travel as you please and at your own pace. This is especially true if you hire a motor home, when quite literally the whole country becomes your potential lodging. Motor homes offer you greater convenience, greater comfort and great savings.
For car rentals, there is a wide selection of companies to choose from, and very competitive rates.  If you are an independent traveler, and want to experiencing this amazing country up close and personal a car or motor home  rental may be a great choice for you, but keep in mind that New Zealand is left hand drive, which may take some getting used to and though New Zealand is only about the size of Colorado,  you may still have to drive reasonably long distances, and take the Interislander ferry between the north and south islands,  to get to some of the more distant locations.
Seat in Coach Transfer:
Seat in coach provides a travel option for those who do not wish to self drive but prefer to remain independent. With the security of pre-booked accommodation and transport between places of interest using scheduled transport services, you can maintain much of the same flexibility as on a self drive holiday. Each journey is more than just a bus ride, as the drivers point out places of interest en route, stopping periodically to break the journey. Seat in coach transfers typically feature air-conditioned buses, and reclining seats. Multiple stops may be made along the way to pick up and drop off other passengers, and we cannot control the order in which the stops are made.
Private Transfer:
When transferring to and from the airport and your hotel, enjoying one of the spectacular daytrips available from nearly all of New Zealand's most popular destinations, or on muti-night excursions, the private vehicle option is an excellent way to avoid stressful situations and insure that your vacation will begin as soon as you arrive. You and your party will be picked up at a convenient time and travel directly to your destination. All of our private vehicles are modern and comfortable, with air conditioning and experienced drivers who are familiar with the local areas. When available the private transfer is a convenient, and relaxing way to travel, but it is of course more expensive, and everyone has different budgets and preferences.
Distances 

Boat and Ferry 
Interislander travels the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences. There is no need to take your car on the ferry. You simply leave it at the ferry depot, check-in your baggage and pick up another vehicle on arrival. However, for motor home hire, you will need to take your vehicle on the ferry. Pre-booking is highly recommended during peak times.

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