Life after the first few weeks in New Zealand!

Now that you have settled down a bit, crossing off some of the important things from your ToDo list – what’s next? Maybe sorting or figuring out transportation options?

Public Transport

Inner City Buses

Long Distance Buses or Intercity Buses in NZ

Intercity Buses (with a focus on travel)


Train Rides

  • Auckland – Britomart Transport Centre has trains from the east, west and south travelling into downtown Auckland. Auckland Train Network Map can be view here: Train Network Maps
  • Wellington: Check for train rides that travel between the inner Wellington city, the Hutt Valley, Porirua, Kapiti Coast and the northern Wellington suburbs.

Train Rides with travel focus – Check


  • Interislander’s Cook Strait Ferries travel between Wellington and Picton.
  • Bluebridge ferries also passengers across Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton.
  • Stewart Island Ferry Services travel the Foveaux Strait in an one-hour crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island.
  • Fullers, ferry operator in Auckland offers a range of ferry trips, tours and charters around Auckland Harbour and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • East By West Ferries – Wellington’s Harbour Ferry Service harbour crossings daily between Queens Wharf and Days Bay and calling into Matiu Somes Island.

Buying your own vehicle

Used Car

Buying a used car had never been easier. You can find used/new car on Trade Me Motors. Get a Pre-purchase inspection if you are not mechanically minded. So it might pay to get your car checked out professionally before buying it. You can do this at most mechanic’s workshop or the (AA) Automobile AssociationCar history checks and vehicle reports can also be done to check if the used car you are buying was stolen, outstanding finances, insurance write-off and even checking on any outstanding fines. If there are outstanding debts on the car it could be repossessed. This can be easily be done online by providing the vehicle’s license plate number at the few websites below:

Important things to check when buying a used car is the WOF (Warrant of Fitness). Make sure its current or the seller has offered to do it before the completion of the sale. A warrant of fitness (WoF) is a regular check that your vehicle meets required safety standards, at the time of inspection. This helps to reduce any unnecessary surprises.

You must have your vehicle inspected for a warrant of fitness (WoF):

  • every 12 months, if your vehicle is less than six years old
  • every six months, if your vehicle is more than six years old.

Know your Buying and selling: legal obligations and change of ownership can be easily done at any Post Office.

New Zealand driver licence

Anyone is able to drive in New Zealand with their legal current driver license + their international driver license (make sure it’s in English). However you may only drive for up to a period of 12 months before converting to a New Zealand driving license. Oversea license conversions can be done at any AA Centre. Depending on where you are from, you might subject to different requirements during the conversion. You can also read more on this at New Zealand Transport Agency.

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