Getting Around

Rental Cars, Ferries, Trains, Planes& Helicopters

Rental Vehicles

Getting around New Zealand is easy. We recommend a self-drive for greater flexibility while travelling around the country. Roads are wide and open, with little traffic outside of the main centres.

We work with a number of quality car rental suppliers including Hertz, Budget and Apex Rentals, who can provide you the size and type of vehicle to suit your requirements; small and compact for economy, large saloons for comfort on long driving days, or 4WDs for the off-road experience.

Finding Your Way

All vehicles come with satellite navigation systems to make finding your way around easier, although we also provide you with road maps and directions.

Booking & Payment

We book rental vehicles on your behalf. Bookings can usually be changed or even cancelled prior to your arrival in New Zealand. Payments are made by credit card directly with the rental vehicle company on pickup.

Driving Requirements

Overseas drivers should have a full driver’s license of their own country if it is recognized in New Zealand, or an International Driver’s License. It is a legal requirement to carry your license with you at all times.


Basic insurances are all included in your rental vehicle. For full peace of mind we recommend you take out the optional insurance offered on vehicle pickup to reduce your excess payments in the event of damage to your vehicle.

Photo: David Wall

InterIslander Ferry

Interislander’s Cook Strait Ferries travel several times a day between Wellington and Picton. The 92km voyage takes three hours and has been described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.”

You will experience comfort, friendly hospitality and service as you enjoy one of the world’s great straits aboard a modern craft with conveniences such as a variety of food and beverage facilities, children’s play areas, and on board wi-fi. For added comfort enjoy the benefits of the Premium Lounge.

Photo: InterIslander

Internal Flights

Flying between major centres can save days of travel when time is limited, and can often be more economical than driving. Air New Zealand operates between all major towns with flights often several times a day.

Jet aircraft are used between the main cities, with smaller planes servicing the smaller towns.

Private Plane or Helicopter

For travellers on a tight timeframe or wanting that exclusive experience, private plane or helicopter transfers allow you to maximise your time in the country. You also have the opportunity to see parts of the country only accessible by helicopter.

Many luxury lodges have helipads enabling you to be picked up and dropped off directly from your accommodation.


Train journeys in New Zealand offer an alternative window from which to view the landscape. Take the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland, the Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch, or the spectacular TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Further south, from Dunedin the Taieri Gorge Railway travels through the spectacular Taieri River Gorge, offering amazing views and a fascinating insight to the building of the railway line.  The Seasider travels along the picturesque Otago Harbour before traversing the cliff tops overlooking the dazzling Pacific Ocean.

Northern Explorer Waiteti Viaduct (Photo: KiwiRail)