Discounts and Deals
Look into the New Zealand Travelpass to save money by combining bus, ferry, and train costs. The Travelpass has no fixed itineraries and gives you 3,000 different stops to choose from. You choose from a certain number of days of travel and kinds of transportation; there's also an option to tack on air travel. Most Travelpasses are valid for one year; the bus-only version is valid for unlimited travel on InterCity and Newmans coaches over a one-, two-, or three-month period, with an incremental-rate structure. You can purchase an open-ended pass from your travel agent prior to leaving and then call the Travelpass reservations center to make reservations.
KiwiRail Scenic Journeys also has a couple of deals worth checking out, including ThroughFares, which combine train trips with SoundsAir flights and the Interislander ferries.
Ask the local tourist i-SITE visitor information center about hotel and local transportation packages that include tickets to major museum exhibits or other special events.
New Zealand Travelpass (0800/339–966 toll-free in New Zealand. www.travelpass.co.nz.)