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InterCity Coachlines assist travellers to see New Zealand

Richard Pennick - 22/04/05

The slogan for InterCity Coachlines is “the best way to get around New Zealand”. Recent news from the company undoubtedly supports this claim, especially for those who are not traveling on a tight time schedule. Travelling by coach gives passengers a chance to see the land that lies between the cities where there is an airport. InterCity has pledged to maintain a service to smaller centres along the main highway between Auckland and Wellington. Travelling with InterCity means economical fares over all and a special fare encourages passengers to cross from the North to the South Island by ferry and then take a coach from Picton to Christchurch or to Nelson for only NZ$10.00. InterCity owns Newmans Coachlines which provides luxury coach travel to tourist destinations.

InterCity and Newmans Coach Lines committed to serving all of NZ
"We are committed to servicing as many rural and regional communities as we can. We will ensure that demand from these centres is matched with capacity regardless of weather", emphasised Malcolm Johns, CEO for the InterCity Group. "With the withdrawal or reduction of other services between Auckland and Wellington and some rural centres in between, InterCity will meet resultant passenger demand on these routes", said Johns.

InterCity operates two daily services between Auckland and Wellington and points in between including multiple services to Huntly, Te Awamutu, Waiouru, Taihape, Otaki and Waikanae. Fares start from as low as $10. "Services currently do not stop at Te Kauwhata. However in light of recent announcements this is now under review." stated Johns. "Passengers from rural and regional centres make up a huge amount of our business and their importance will ensure services continue"

An InterCity coach stopped at Taihape, a rural centre
An InterCity coach stopped at Taihape, a rural centre
Photo Source: InterCity Coachlines
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InterCity Group, operates 120 services a day to 600 communities, towns and cities across New Zealand.

InterCity Coachlines is committed to providing reliable, regular transport at economic prices to New Zealand's rural, regional and main city centres. InterCity Coachlines operates one daytime and one overnight passenger service between Auckland and Wellington with travel times from ten hours and fifty minutes. To demonstrate the comfort, convenience and reliability of their service, a promotional fare of only $10 one way is available for a limited number of seats on the "Starlighter" overnight service. The Super Saver fare of $45 is available on the daytime InterCity service to these centres and points in between.

InterCity Group also owns and operates Newmans Coach Lines.
Newmans Coach Lines provides a premium service between the main centres and tourist focused services to the key tourist regions and attractions. Newmans operates New Zealand largest daily scheduled tourist focused network as follows: Auckland – Wellington, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua - Auckland, Rotorua - Wellington, Tauranga - Napier, Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown, Queenstown/Te Anau to Milford Sound and from 1 October 2005 Queenstown to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

"Budget airlines are able to carry people between the 3 or 4 main centres but generally have little effect on passengers from our many rural and regional communities, domestic or international", Johns clarified. "We will continue to match demand with capacity and if need be, additional services and stops”.

South Island travel

InterCity’s $10 Bus ticket from Picton to Christchurch or to Nelson

For passengers on the Cook Strait ferry from Wellington, the motor coach link between the ferry terminal at Picton – and the Garden City of Christchurch - just got cheaper! From March 1 until October 31, 2005, InterCity Coachlines is offering Extreme Saver fares from just $10 between Picton on the northern tip of the South Island and Christchurch.

B12 Coach at Picton ready to take passengers from the Interisland ferry
B12 Coach at Picton ready to take passengers from the Interisland ferry
Photo Source: InterCity Coachlines
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There are two InterCity services a day in each direction between Picton and Christchurch that connect with the Interislander Ferry. The trip from Picton, and can you add somehow and in reverse from Christchurch, stops at the communities of Blenheim and Kaikoura and takes less than five and a half hours. Other stops are made at points in between and as needed. Extra departures are added at peak periods. All services use spacious, modern and well-equipped, air conditioned coaches.

Passengers will need to book in advance to take advantage of the Extreme Saver ($10) fare. This can be done on or at any InterCity agent nationwide. In addition to Extreme Saver fares, InterCity are also offering Super Saver fares from $24 and Saver fares from $35 between Picton and Christchurch and visa versa.

In addition, passengers using this Extreme Saver ($10) may link it with a similar fare currently available for the two hour ride between Picton and Nelson, and ride all the way from Christchurch through Picton, west to Nelson for only $20!

The $10 Extreme Saver fares are subject to availability, and Special Conditions apply. See your local InterCity Agent or online or call Auckland 09 623 1503,
Christchurch 03 365 1113,
Wellington 04 385 0520,
Dunedin 03 471 7143,
Queenstown 03 441 1344,
or look under 'i' in the White Pages.

InterCity Coachlines offers a variety of low cost travel options with a program of passes, and special point-to-point low fares. They operate 120 daily services to 600 cities and towns throughout New Zealand, 7 days a week, 365 days a year using spacious, modern and well-equipped, air conditioned coaches. All services have regular, scheduled comfort and refreshment stops.


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