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Naked Bus, New Zealand

Thursday, February 11, 2010

If you're planning a holiday in New Zealand, Jason Dundas has found a really cheap way to get around. Naked Bus began in 2006 to provide low-cost travel between the country's cities and towns. They've expanded from four routes to a national network with the best possible bargain prices on every service. To keep it simple, all fares have the same validity and are open to all passengers.

They travel around both the North Island and South Island, taking a ferry across Cook Strait.

Jason boarded one of their buses in Orewa, 45 minutes out of Auckland. Of course, apart from looking forward to checking out Naked Bus, he was very curious about how it got its name. It's all quite simple — nothing untoward. It's all about how they've stripped the cost of travel. The first seat on every service starts at NZ$1 and works up from there, so the earlier you book, the less you pay.

Booking is simple — go online (www.nakedbus.com) or call 0900 62533 on your mobile while in New Zealand. You will receive an SMS confirmation and all you need to do is show your phone to the driver, meaning you don't have to worry about a paper ticket.

You can buy a Naked Passport with a minimum of five trips, or go all the way with the Unlimited Travel Pass. It's good for a year and costs less than $600.

There are lots of activities you can book through Naked Bus, and every booking you make reduces the cost of your bus fare.

You can visit Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World in Auckland, take a bungee jump from Auckland Bridge or walk across it. You can walk around Sky Tower or leap from it.

Naked Bus offers day trips at discounted prices. Activities include blackwater rafting in Waitomo, whitewater rafting in Rotorua and a scenic day tour to Milford Sound which includes a boat trip.

Location
Cities and towns around New Zealand.

Cost
The Naked Bus starts at NZ$1. The earlier you book, the less you pay.

Air New Zealand has flights to Auckland. One way fares from:
Sydney and Melbourne $239
Brisbane $335
Perth $530
Sales and validity dates apply.

Prices correct at February 11, 2010.

For further information
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476
www.airnewzealand.com.au

Naked Bus
PO Box 46-108
Herne Bay
Auckland
New Zealand
www.nakedbus.com

Visas:
Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter New Zealand.

Electricity:
230V at50Hz using the same plugs as in Australia.

Time zone:
GMT +1.

Currency:
The New Zealand dollar.

International dialling code:
+64.

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