In this third article we will know more about New Zealand – Heaven on Earth for sure.
Getting around New Zealand is very easy and safe. There is good public transport connectivity between different parts of New Zealand. However for tourists the best mode of transportation is Self Drive in New Zealand .
New Zealand's domestic Airlines Jet Star and Air New Zealand covers almost all the parts of New Zealand through air network.
Apart from the standard airlines, you also have lots of chartered flight options to go from one place to another.
Other option is a very well planned coach network. New Zealand is well connected with coach network across the country. There are various options of Hop – On and Hop-Off bus for one destination to another. You also have the option of adding or clubbing the sightseeing packages in to your bus pass.
Third option is the Ferry. If you all remember, there are two major islands of New Zealand, North & South. The Ferry runs between Wellington & Picton. It is a 3.5 hours sail through beautiful waters of Marlborough Sounds. Amazingly, you can also carry your entire car or even motor homes as well through the Ferry. It is once in a life time experience and one should never miss it if you are in New Zealand.
Last option is the train service. However it is not widely spread across the country. There are a couple of major train journeys.
1. The Northern Explorer: Runs between Auckland & Wellington. Travel time is approximately 10.5 hours
2. Tranz Alpine : Runs between Greymouth & Christchurch. One of the top 10 train journeys in the world. Approximate travel time is around 4.5 hours and one should not miss this one. Absolutely must do activity.
Driving in New Zealand is one of the best and safest options to travel through the country. Rental cars of different categories are easily available across the country. However one should keep in mind that most of the car rental company needs a valid credit Card of the person who is renting the car.
Minimum age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 and the charges are different if you are below 25 years of age. Also an Indian Driver's license is valid and recognizable and you do not need an International Permit to drive in New Zealand.
Can it get easier than this?
Catch you in next article with some more useful information on New Zealand. !!