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New Zealand national bus and coach routes and destinations map - Click to enlarge mapInterCity Coachlines operates New Zealand's largest inter-regional and national bus, coach and inter-island ferry travel network and has been transporting kiwis and international visitors around New Zealand for more than 30 years.

With with a range of affordable fares starting from NZ$1.00 and 130 daily services to 500 communities, towns, cities, skifields, national parks and major tourist destinations including the famous TranzAlpine train, traveling with InterCity Coachlines, is a safe, eco-friendly way to see New Zealand's geographical regions and unique scenic beauty.

InterCity Coachlines operates a modern fleet of eco-friendly regional buses and long distance coaches that feature reclining seats with foot and head rests and have temperature controlled air conditioning for passenger comfort.

InterCity regional and long distance buses and coaches do not have onboard toilet facilities but do stop regularly for comfort and refreshment breaks.

All InterCity buses and coaches (excluding InterCity Link) have seamless 3G and 4G mobile Wi-Fi access across all InterCity's regional and long distance routes within New Zealand.

InterCity Link operates regular bus services to smaller regional towns and settlements in association with local bus operators.

InterCity Coachlines operates the Starlighter overnight coach services that operate between Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Palmerston North and Wellington connecting with Cook Strait ferry services operating between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.

The Starlighter overnight coach service features reclining seats with foot and head rests, individual air-conditioning controls and reading light, onboard toilet/washroom facilities and makes two refreshment/comfort stops on route.

InterCity CoachFor stress free relaxing travel, book a GOLD seat - soft leather reclining seats with head and foot rests complete with individual USB charging ports that are located on the upper deck of the of the Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo, Palmerston North and Wellington daytime double decker coach services, the Wellington to Palmerston North, Taupo, Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland Starlighter overnight double decker coach services and the first 3 rows on the single deck Auckland to Hamilton, Taupo, Palmerston North and Wellington coach services, Wellington to Palmerston North, Hastings and Napier coach services, selected Auckland to Tauranga coach services and the Christchurch to Blenheim and Picton coach services.

These seats provide plenty of room to stretch your legs, lie back and relax and log onto wifi. The best thing is, they don't cost a lot more than the regular fare!

With InterCity Coachlines FareFinder online seat availability, fare and reservation system, you can search for departure times, fares and make instant confirmation reservations for all InterCity Coachlines regional and long distance services throughout New Zealand.

InterCity inter-regional bus and long distance coach services are identified as 'IC' and InterCity Link bus services as 'IL'.

You can book combined TranzAlpine train and bus reservations from Christchurch to Nelson, Murchison, Westport, Punakaki, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier using the FareFinder. To make a reservation - type or select 'Christchurch' in the 'From' field and type or select 'Nelson, Murchison, Westport, Punakaki, Hokitika, Fox Glacier or Franz Josef' in the 'To' field as your destination.

You can book combined bus and TranzAlpine train reservations from Nelson, Murchison, Westport, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier to Christchurch using the FareFinder. To make a reservation - type or select 'Nelson, Murchison, Westport, Punakaki, Hokitika, Fox Glacier or Franz Josef' in the 'From' field and type or select 'Christchurch' in the 'To' field as your destination.

Reservations can be made for combined bus and
Cook Strait ferry travel from Paihia (Bay of Islands), Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Palmerston North or Wellington to Picton, Blenheim or Nelson. Using the FareFinder - type or select 'Paihia, Auckland Central, Hamilton Central, Rotorua, Palmerston North or Wellington Central' in the 'From' field and type or select 'Picton, Blenheim or Nelson' in the 'To' field as your final destination.

If travelling from Blenheim Nelson or Picton to Wellington, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Hamilton, Auckland or Paihia (Bay of Islands) - type or select 'Blenheim, Nelson or Picton' in the 'From' field and type or select 'Wellington Central, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Hamilton Central, Auckland Central or Paihia' in the 'To' field as your final destination.


InterCity CoachReservations for drop off at Christchurch International Airport on InterCity Coachlines northbound services from Invercargill, Te Anau, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Dunedin and Queenstown to Christchurch

Reservations to and from Auckland International Airport to any southbound destinations outside the greater Auckland urban region can be made either from the International or domestic terminals.

Reservations for bus and coach travel within the greater Auckland urban region can not be made, as these services are local commuter services.

With a 'Book As You Go' flexi bus and ferry pass, you can travel at your own pace on the InterCity Coachlines national network. All 'Book As You Go' bus and ferry pass are available in blocks of travel 'Hours' or choose from a range of pre-planned travel options, allowing you to travel on regular InterCity and Newmans bus/coach services or on any Great Sights premier scenic coach and sightseeing journeys in any direction as many times up to 12 months from date of first travel.

If you experience any problems in making your reservation/s or would like one of our travel consultant's to make a reservation for you, please do not hesitate to contact our Travel Centre team.

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