1. Let someone else worry about the driving
Relying on an experienced bus driver who knows where they are going and cantackle thewindy roadsis often preferable to having to drive yourself.
2. Time to daydream and reflect on the awesomeness of New Zealand
Get lost in your thoughts something you might not usually get time to do with a hectic backpacker lifestyle.
3. Coffee breaks!
Longer bus journeys will include coffee stops a perfect opportunity to try that famous New Zealand coffee.
4. No-nonsense travel
Bus travel will get you from A-B relatively quickly. Plus since you are not the driver, there is none of that “Honey, watch the road!” nonsense, you get to enjoy all of the scenery!
5. Cheap as!
It’s the cheapest transport method in New Zealand. Compare the bus passes at What’s the Difference Between InterCity Backpacker Bus Passes? and check out Skip Bus for cheap rides on the North Island.
6. Free Wi-Fi!
Many of the busjourneys use coaches with free Wi-Fi. The connection comes and goes depending on coverage.
7. Learn more about New Zealand
Most bus drivers provide commentary on places you travel through.
8. Meet a variety of people
Both locals, tourists and backpackers use coach services so it’s a chance to talk to a variety of people. Check out more ways to meet people in 8 Ways to Meet People When Travelling Alone in New Zealand.
9. Easy to use
Some bus companies will pick you up from your hostel so it’s worth giving them a call. Otherwise, just show up at the specified bus stop 15 minutes before your departure time.
10. More eco-friendly
Fewer cars on the road equals less CO emissions! Simple! See other ways you can be a green backpacker here.