We travelled around New Zealand mainly by bus on two Intercity passes, one for the North Island and another for the South. We clocked roughly 40Â hours on the bus in total and our itinerary looked like this over a 2 week visit: Auckland, Matamata, Rotorua, Wellington, (flight to) Christchurch, Mt. Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Makarora, Franz Joseph, Greymouth, (Trans Alpine train to) Christchurch. At first the jostling of the bus was really hard on my sore back, but I settled in and got used to sitting for generally about four hour stretches. Demographically we were an odd couple out, and I’d say that for the most part the buses were filled with young people (teens-early twenties) and retirees. Next time around we’ll definitely rent a car to have the freedom to go at our own pace and see what we feel like seeing, but the bus and train were really excellent for just gazing out the windows at the scenery (which we both wanted to do). It was nice to get a bit of local perspective from the different bus drivers too, who sometimes pointed out interesting things on the journey.