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Travel new Zealand Cheap Easy Campervan Bus Tour Coach Destination Accomodation

Hot whether, cold beers, a buddy and a backpack? Smells like your set for a road trip! Every year thousands of kiwis take time out to cruise round Aotearoa’s great outdoors. From surfing hot spots to sweet powder peaks, New Zealand is full of epic locations. With so much to see, and limited cash, what is the cheapest and easiest way to get around? Etch gives you our top four.

Back Packer Campervans

Back packer campervans offer a relaxed style of travel with built in accommodation and fully equipped living for 2. Travel starts from around $27/day during off peak and up to $99/day for on peak. Vehicle options include The Breezer’ and The Wanderer’:

The Breezer – Comes with a double bed, radio and CD Player, simple kitchen, Esky/chilli bin, portable gas stove and living equipment such as pots, pans, crockery etc.

The Wanderer – Comes with features similar to The Breezer but is a larger model van (High Top) and includes extra features such as 2 bench seats with a table that converts to a double bed, wardrobe, extra storage space, air conditioner, complete kitchen and bathroom with a toilet and shower.

Price Includes:

Unlimited kilometres
No Extra driver fees
24-hour nationwide vehicle assistance helpline
Complimentary transfers between airport and branch (except Wellington)
Discounts to New Zealand’s Leading Attractions
Phone: 0800 422 267


Back packer Sleeper Vans

These new vehicles are a more compact alternative and have been designed as the ultimate surf and snow wagon for cruising around New Zealand’s hot spots. Also accommodating for 2 the Sleeper Vans come fully kitted out with their own bedding, kitchen, roof racks, CD sound system, daytime couch, French press (for fresh coffee), kitchen ware, dining table, built in gas burner plus unlimited kilometres and 24 hour AA road service.

Prices range from around $49/day off peak and up to $89 on peak based on a 20+ day hirage.

Extra accessories for rent include:

Portable outside BBQ’s
Outdoor tables
Outdoor chairs
Solar showers
Boogie boards
Snow chains
and more
Phone: 0800 321 939


Travelpass 3-in-ONE – Boat, Coach, Train
The 3-in-One Travelpass offering you the security of a pre planned travel itinerary with the ease of the hop on, hop off system allowing you to travel at your leisure. If you are interested in local history or culture then the 3-in-1 is a great option as all Coaches offer sound local knowledge with an emphasise on sight seeing,
All packages include:
A national coach travel throughout New Zealand
The choice of either a Kings Cape Brett “hole in the rock” cruise in the bay of Islands or an Interislander ferry crossing
A train journey on either the Tranz Coastal or the Tranz Alpine.
An interislander ferry pass across the Cook Straight and a 2 hour Milford Sound Boat Cruise

Prices range from $579 for 7 days, $629 for 9 days or $1,283 for 14 days and are valid for up to 12 months.
The InterCity and Newmans Coach Lines operate 130 services a day stopping at more than 600 towns and cities across New Zealand.

Does not include accommodation costs.

Phone: 0800 339 966


The Kiwi Experience Bus

It doesn’t matter if your kiwi or not, one sure way to see New Zealand on the cheap is the Kiwi Experience Bus! The Kiwi Experience is marketed at young travellers and international travellers all looking for a good time and a glance at the country. Kiwi Experience tour packages also operate on a hop on hop off system and are valid for 12 months.

The cheapest tour option is the classic Funky Chicken’ offering 3 weeks bus/coach travel for around $999 depending on the time of year.

Does not include accommodation costs.

Phone: 09 369 9410