About nakedbus.com

What services do you offer for backpackers?

26 July 2020

nakedbus.com is committed to providing an affordable bus service for backpackers and other travellers to our country.
Travel across New Zealand from $1! That’s right, you can travel anywhere on our network from only $1. We welcome backpackers and other independent travellers. Just use the online booking form (on the left) to book and pay, and you will have a reserved seat on one of our coaches.
Because our prices are so low you can mix and match and not worry about high cost passes - just pay for the travel you need. If you need to change your plans - don’t worry, you can change your dates with 24 hours notice (70c booking fee + 70c rebooking, plus any difference in ticket price apply).

nakedbus.com® is the new lowest cost way to see New Zealand - guaranteed. You will not find cheaper travel prices anywhere. Even if you don’t catch a $1 fare you will find that our prices are on average half what the competition wants to charge you.

nakedbus is the obvious choice when you are exploring New Zealand. No other form of city to city travel combines such great value for money with such a great opportunity to sample the great country that is New Zealand.

And don’t forget, with nakedbus.com® you don’t have to lock yourself into a pass. Just customise your travel plans with exactly the bus trips you want. And if you decide to change your itinerary you can.

We have daily departures from most destinations, and you will be travelling with a great bunch of people.

nakedbus services usually stop conveniently near YHA youth hostels, backpackers and other budget accomodation, and our friendly drivers will be happy to give you directions.

And when you travel with us you won’t be packed in a bus full of tourists. You will be travelling with the locals, see our country as we see it!

So have a look at where we go here and start planning!

Book early and save more money for your destination!

Happy travelling!

What do your buses look like?

26 July 2020

Most of our buses are provided by our partner operators. They will not be in nakedbus.com colours. Your email confirmation will have a picture of what your bus will look like.
Here is a picture of one of our nakedbus.com buses. The bus you travel on may be different from this.�

One of our buses

Sometimes buses will be provided by one of our partners. Where this is the case, your booking confirmation will advise you. Whenever this happens, there will be a nakedbus.com® sticker in the window of the bus you are travelling on. If in doubt ask the bus driver.

So how low cost are you?

26 July 2020

Travel across New Zealand from $1. That’s right, on every bus trip every day, bus tickets start at $1 (plus 70c booking fee). Whether you are travelling from Napier to Taupo or Auckland to Wellington, book early and you need only pay $1.Our fares are cheaper the earlier you book.
Some of the things we have done away with:

  • company cars for the managers
  • paper tickets that get lost
  • salespeople roaming the globe on expense accounts
  • flash advertising interrupting your entertainment
  • expensive bus depots
  • expensive call centres
  • customer service managers whose job is to say “no”

What we do have:

  • low prices
  • comfortable buses
  • daily departures
  • easy to use website
  • friendly service

So, with prices from $1 (plus 70c booking fee), why don’t you try us?

What is your environmental commitment?

26 July 2020

We aren’t interested in fancy gestures. We are focused on simply providing a great alternative to car travel. 32% of our users previously travelled by car, which means that on one route alone (Hastings to Auckland) we have contributed to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 180 tonnes per year.
nakedbus.com® is committed to moving towards environmental sustainability. That is one of the key benefits of our low cost approach: because of our low fares we can attract more people to our service - whether from cars or planes. As a result we use a lot less fuel per passenger than other modes of travel. In fact nakedbus represents one of most most fuel efficient way of travelling within New Zealand.
And because everything is done online we use very little paper or other non-renewable supplies.

Obviously we have spent a lot of time and effort getting off the ground. But now we have arrived you can expect us to focus on ways we can reduce our footprint on the planet.

And, by the way, this isn’t just “marketing speak”. Founder and CEO of nakedbus.com® Hamish Nuttall is committed to reducing our impact on the environment, having worked on public transport solutions internationally for 20 years.

What does low cost mean?

26 July 2020

When you travel across New Zealand, you don’t want to finance the lavish lifestyles of jet setting sales managers. What you want is a comfortable, reliable bus that gets you where you are going. So that’s what nakedbus.com® provides.

We operate fast, comfortable city to city buses. What we don’t do is pay salespeople on fat expense accounts, print paper tickets, build extravagant bus depots or commission quirky advertising.

We have designed a state of the art website that makes it so easy to book, and we have worked with professional operators to provide the services. Period.

We think you will welcome the savings.

What is your service promise?

26 July 2020

Our service promise consists of the following five pledges:

  • low cost
  • safety
  • comfort
  • reliability
  • friendly service

We think you’ll agree they make an unbeatable combination!

If we do not meet your expectations, please let us know here.

Low Cost

Travel across New Zealand from $1. That’s right, on every trip every day, our fares start at $1 (plus 70 booking fee). Whether you are travelling from Napier to Taupo, Palmerston North to Wellington or Auckland to Rotorua, book early and you need only pay $1.

Our fares are cheaper the earlier you book. Even if you buy a ticket nearer the date of travel, the price will still be very competitive. Why not try us out?


Our operators take pride in running buses that are safe and well maintained. We exceed all safety and maintenance requirements of Land Transport NZ.


All our vehicles have comfortable coach seats to ensure you have a comfortable trip. Vehicles have been selected for their ride quality. You can see pictures of some of our vehicles here.


We all know that unforeseen problems can cause delays, whether it is severe weather, the road being blocked by a crash ahead, or traffic congestion. In these situations the service may be unavoidably delayed so please bear with us!
However, we will do our very best to minimise any delays. We have designed our timetables to take into account known trouble spots.

If there are any known disruptions, we will post them here.

Friendly service

Our drivers are picked not only for their driving skills but their friendly customer service.
they will do their best to answer any queries you have, and ensure that you have a pleasant trip.

So what now?

26 July 2020

Well, we hope you will join us in our quest to make city to city transport affordable and fun again. Have a look at where we go here. We hope to see you soon!

Who are we?

26 July 2020

nakedbus.com® is the brand name of the Naked Trust based in Auckland, New Zealand. The Naked Trust owns this website and booking portal.

nakedbus.com® founder and CEO is Hamish Nuttall. Hamish has spent 20 years working in and advising network industries, including bus companies in the UK and New Zealand.

nakedbus.com services in New Zealand are operated under licence by Nakedbus NZ Ltd, a limited liability company based in Auckland.

How can we offer $1 fares?

26 July 2020

First of all, we have cut our costs. We don’t have expensive bus depots, nor do we have sales people on expense accounts all over the world. We have focused on what you need - reliable comfortable bus transport between New Zealand’s towns and cities at a great price.

Secondly not all our bus fares are $1. Our $1 bus fares are reserved for people who book early. Bus fares start at $1 on every trip (and at least 10% of our bus seats are sold at $1), but most of our bus fares are slightly higher. We do think that whenever you book, you will find our fares are extremely competitive.

Finally, we believe that with our low fares we will attract a whole new market. Think about it - does it still make sense to drive across country when you can travel in comfort on a coach from $1 with nakedbus.com®. We expect many car users to try our service - even some people who flew previously will consider our service.

So remember, our low fares, including the $1 fares, are not an opening special. They are here to stay. So why not check out how much it will cost you to get where you want to go?

All prices are quoted in NZ Dollars.

Where did the idea come from?

26 July 2020

Kiwis are great travellers, but for many years, travelling round our own country has been difficult and expensive. Added to rising petrol prices, we thought there had to be a better way.

So we looked around the world to find that better way, and saw how low cost airlines are operating. Low cost airlines have revolutionised air travel in Europe by throwing out the frills that passengers did not really need. We thought maybe we could do the same here.

So we worked on the concept for 9 months, selecting partners who could share our vision of a friendly bus service at a rock bottom price.

So now, here we are with nakedbus.com® - a revolution in low cost bus travel for New Zealand.

Customer Comments

Keep it up

Keep up the cheap tickets and good service.
-Darren Hobson

Pleasant experience

A very pleasant experience. It was very easy to deposit money and then book the ticket.
-Nick Conolly

Excellent alternative

Excellent alternative to the posh [competitor]!

-Thomas Moeller Christensen

Auckland Airport


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