A slice of 12,000 free seats offered nationwide by a prominent inter-city bus operator is intended for travelers commuting to and from Northland.

Naked bus has announced 12,000 free seats nationwide in May and June, with at least 1000 to be snap up for trips to and from Whangarei and Paihia on a first-come, first-served basis.

Naked bus has two every day departures from Auckland to Paihia via Whangarei.

One of those services expands to Kerikeri and during summer and busy periods such as Easter, an additional service is organized to and from Kerikeri each day.

The free seat promotion started on Wednesday and will run until March 6 unless the tickets are snapped up earlier. Travel will be between May 1 and June 24 but the free fare is not available on services to and from airports.

Commuters can travel free from Northland to and from any major towns and cities in the North Island that Naked bus services, includes Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Palmerston North, Gisborne, Napier.

Development in customer numbers has allowed the company to introduce more services in the past 12 months, including a shuttle service between Auckland, Hamilton and Rotorua, direct services from Tauranga and Rotorua to Wellington and return, more services north of Auckland to Whangarei and Bay of Islands, services from Gisborne to Napier, Palmerston North and Wellington.

If there are free fares obtainable for a journey, the ticket price will appear as $0.00 during online booking.