InterCity runs between Christchurch and Kaikoura, Picton, Blenheim, and Nelson a couple of times a day. Aside from tour buses, the only reliable local alternative is Atomic Shuttles. Atomic operates coaches between the most popular tourist spots and shuttle vans on the lower-profile regional runs. Bus tickets can be booked directly or at information centers.
Atomic Shuttles (0508/108–359 or 03/349–0697. www.atomictravel.co.nz.)
InterCity (03/365–1113. www.intercity.co.nz.)
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