Bus and Coach
Services From Christchurch
New Zealand's South Island with its unique 8 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks of the Southern
Alps, fiords, glaciers, lakes,
rivers, native alpine bush and the southern skifields by bus and coach
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the
second largest urban area. It is one third the way down the South Island's
east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula.
Surrounded by the Cashmere Hills, Christchurch is the gateway to the dynamic
Dubbed the Garden City, Christchurch enjoys a reputation as the most English
of New Zealand's cities thanks to its many gracious parks and buildings, and
the tree-lined Avon River.
At the centre of the city is Cathedral Square, surrounding the Anglican
cathedral, Christ Church. The area around this square and within the "four
avenues" of Christchurch (Bealey Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Moorhouse Avenue
and Deans Avenue is considered the central business district of the city. The central city also has a number of residential areas, including Inner
City East, Inner City West, Avon Loop, Moa Neighbourhood & Victoria.
Square is a popular destination and hosts attractions such as the speakers'
corner made famous by the Wizard of New Zealand. The central city includes
the pedestrianised Cashel Street as Christchurch's urban mall.
At one end of the mall stands the Bridge Of Remembrance; at the other end
the old location of the amphitheatre known as the Hack Circle.
The Cultural Precinct
provides a backdrop to a vibrant scene of ever-changing arts, cultural, and
heritage attractions within an area of less than one square kilometre. The
majority of the activities are free and a printable map is provided.
Punting on the river is a favourite pastime during summer, with punts for
hire at the old Antigua boatshed in the central city. The city has a
lively café and cultural scene and is home to the country's largest
community arts centre.
The city's many festivals include the Summer Times Festival, which
incorporates the Festival of Romance and the International Buskers Festival,
the Christchurch Winter Festival in August and Showtime Canterbury in
Christchurch has extensive
beaches within a short drive from the city centre.
Christchurch is the the beautiful French influenced town of Akaroa located
on Banks Peninsula. The port town of Lyttleton that can be reach either by
the Lyttleton tunnel or over the scenic port Hills.
Travelling from Christchurch is on modern eco-friendly air conditioned InterCity Coachlines
and Newmans Coachlines buses and
coaches that feature reclining seats with foot and foot
Great Sights operates premier
sightseeing and touring services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests, onboard
toilet/washroom facilities and guided commentary.
a range of combined bus and train travel options, travel on the
TranzAlpine train between Christchurch to
Greymouth, connecting with bus and scenic coach services to and from Nelson,
Franz Josef, Fox Glacier and scenic coach services to Wanaka and Queenstown.
InterCity Coachlines Starlighter
overnight bus services operating from Wellington to Palmerston North, Taupo,
Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland connecting a
Wellington with the
Cook Strait inter-island ferry services
Picton in the South Island to Wellington in the North Island.
The Starlighter overnight services features reclining
seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air conditioning
controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
combined bus and ferry travel and fare options, you can make one
reservation, pay one fare and travel on one ticket, from Christchurch to
If you want to explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from
there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and
national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that
includes Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands,
sightseeing tours - like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and
Travel is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel
plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.