Road Trip: New Zealand


NZ “Alternative” Forms of Transportation

I didn't spend all my time in a car!

Picton to Wellington Interislander Ferry
Not quite the Minnow (but it is a “three hour tour”), the Interisland Ferry transports cars, people, and even livestock across the Cook Straight between Picton on the South Island and Wellington on the North Island. Passengers even board via the deck that holds an assortment of trucks and wagons.  


Picton to Wellington Interislander Ferry
I recommend paying extra for the Kaitaki Plus fare which includes lounge seating, free wi-fi, and complimentary food and drinks including beer and wine.  There are also coupon codes online that make upgrading a cheaper option!  


Naked Bus
I didn't rent a car on the South Island so the only other feasible way to get from Nelson to Blenheim was by bus.  Thankfully, the Naked Bus is not all its (butt-)cracked up to be.  But it is a cheap ride (pun intended).  My particular one wasn't dressed in its birthday suit- I actually took this picture in Auckland.  


Wellington New Zealand cable car
This is the coolest funicular railway I ever rode on!  The Wellington Cable car rises almost 400 feet up one of the city's steep hills.  


Wellington New Zealand personal cable car
There is estimated to be a few hundred personal cable cars that transport residents up the hills with their groceries and dogs to their houses.


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