Me and a partner will be travelling to both islands for around 5 weeks, and bus travel seems the best form of transport as we really want to explore the county as much as possible. But we're struggling a little to decide on the best option! Any help would be great.
I have read up on 'Kiwi experience' and 'Stray', yet both seem ridiculously expensive seeing as we are travelling on a budget! It looks like they can cost between $1600-$2000 NZD (assuming no discounts) for the length of time that we will be there.
The other option is Intercity coach lines, which seem cheaper, i.e. 60 hours for $450 + $89 per extra 10hours. However we have absolutely no idea how many hours will be needed for a 5 week travelling experience!? Obviously it will depend on how much we travel, however we want to see as much as possible, so if someone could help us with our decision (which is purely price-based) then it would be greatly appreciated!