InterCity Coachlines Auckland Reviews
Transport through all New Zealand Jan 17, 2012
A few weeks before I went to New Zealand I purchased the Flexipass from Intercity couchlines. Intercity offers more different passes and they have a lot of actions I think too. Just check out their website (http://www.intercity.co.nz) for a better image of what they offer. For a fixed price you buy an X number of hours for traveling through the country by Intercity. The prepaid hours are valid for one year. It is a good way for traveling if you have the time.
Most of the busses only run once or twice a day. So that is the negative side of this system. But it is very easy and comfortable traveling with them. You call them on a free number or go to their website and make a reservation for the couch you want to take. I think you can cancel it without losing your "hours" up to 2 hours in advance.
The bus always runs on time or delays are very rare. You always pay the amount of hours that stands for a journey. Good thing is that you don't pay more in case of delays. And you don't pay less either in case of the bus arrives earlier.
They have a map, which I downloaded on my phone, so I knew their routes more or less. If you are none native English speaker, you need to take a good attention sometimes. Because if you call them, which is sometimes easier than making the reservation online, they employers might have a strong accent. At least for a non native English speaker as me it was sometimes hard to talk. Although I managed every time again.
What I also liked a lot, on the scenic routes or the most touristicc routes they cooperate with GreatSights. If you are on a bus with them, the driver tells sometimes a lot of interesting information about the place going to or the things you see along the way. They also stop at places along the way shortly sometimes, so you are able to get out for taking pictures.
If I would go to New Zealand again, and I wanted to do some backpacking, I would use them again. Otherwise if you you are not having much time, I would rather rent a car instead. This way you are more free of going whenever you want.
Part of the One month Nieuw Zeeland 2012 travel blog
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A reasonable way to get around the whole country Jan 14, 2011
InterCity Coachlines belong to New Zealand's most important and also most booked transport networks. Travelling on board of an InterCity coach guarantees an uncomplicated, reliable and comfy way to get around places all over the country.
A largely extended network of bus stops from the far north to the southern part of the South Island allows both travellers from overseas and New Zealanders to travel short and long distances without a car.
I think InterCity Coachlines is a company, which comes in handy especially for foreign travellers who don't want to rent a vehicle on their own.
Before starting your journey you have to book a ticket, which you can do online, at a local transport centre or with the assistance of a travel agent at the nearest i-Site.
InterCity promises low fares nationwide, and I can definitely agree that travelling by coach throughout NZ is much more reasonable than I first thought (and for most people much more affordable than in Germany).
You have the choice to purchase either non-refundable tickets (cheaper fees) or fully refundable tickets. Besides there are different travel passes for independent travellers available – you should check out those offers and see whether such a travel pass suits your plans and budget even better.
As traveller you have to check-in at least 15 minutes before departure, and you are allowed to carry two pieces of luggage (max. 25kg each) plus hand luggage for free. Other items such as bikes, larger sports gear etc. will be carried if enough space is available.
The coach journey itself is a comfortable way to see many different parts of the country (apart from travelling from one place to another).
If you're lucky, your bus driver is more than just a driver but also a tour guide who is more than happy to share stories, facts and anecdotes about spots and local habits and history. This kind of entertainment really makes the journey more enjoyable.
Since you have limited space (especially legroom) on the coach it's taken care of a proper break to stretch your legs or grab a bite at cafés close to the road at regular intervals.
In summary it can be said that InterCity Coachlines provide a reliable and absolutely adequate transport service through the whole country, which makes it quite easy for an independent traveller to discover many great places in New Zealand.
Part of the New Zealand 2010/11 travel blog
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