I've read other discussion threads about Intercity Bus vs. Naked Bus, and everyone seems to prefer Intercity Bus because it's more reliable and the buses are nicer. Should Naked Bus be avoided at all costs? What's so bad about it -- do buses get cancelled at the last minute, do they always arrive late, are they hideously uncomfortable, etc.? Is it the Ryanair of buses?
Sometimes the price difference is quite stark: I just bought a $1 busride from Wanaka to Franz Josef, while the Intercity Bus sells tickets for the same day for $46 (non-refundable) or $91 (refundable). Since it's my first time in NZ, I'm looking for busrides that not only take me from A to B, but are also scenic and enjoyable. Should I pay extra to take the Intercity instead?
(Speaking of which, do the buses that run from Wanaka - Franz Josef or Franz Josef-Nelson take a scenic route, ie. what's been called "the most scenic drive in the world"?)