New Zealand travel, just take a kiwi Bus

Kiwi Bus Trip

The crazy Lettering shows Promise of exciting Times to come. The bright Green is the Livery of the Kiwi Bus.
The crazy Lettering shows Promise of exciting Times to come. The bright Green is the Livery of the Kiwi Bus.
Kiwi Bus ready to transport you around New Zealand, land of amazing scenery (remember Lord of the Rings and recently Avatar)
Kiwi Bus ready to transport you around New Zealand, land of amazing scenery (remember Lord of the Rings and recently Avatar)
The Kiwi Bus Drivers know where the best scenery and Adrenaline packed events are situated.
The Kiwi Bus Drivers know where the best scenery and Adrenaline packed events are situated.
Adrenaline by the Boat load, white water rafting!
Adrenaline by the Boat load, white water rafting!
The beautiful New Zealand Scenery seen reflected in the Mirror of the Kiwi Bus........All photos courtesy Flickr.
The beautiful New Zealand Scenery seen reflected in the Mirror of the Kiwi Bus........All photos courtesy Flickr.

The Kiwi Bus

Recently a good friend of long standing announced that she was going to enjoy the Kiwi Experience. Her Twenty year old son had enjoyed it last year and had a great time so despite being well over the usual age range (18 - 30 ish) she bought a ticket and was all set to try it for herself.

The concept is pretty foolproof. The bus is available to take you on a tour of both the North and South islands of New Zealand. The bus takes you to the hostel or hotel of your choice, picks you up next morning and takes you to your next destination. Other transport like taxis will be arranged if you want to partake in a special outing or visit a chosen destination near by. It is important to book your seat the day before but this was never a problem. The hostel, usually called Base are of excellent quality and good value for money. Many include a lively bar for a safe drinking environment.

Everything was a very favorable Experience indeed. She says the high point, beside the amazing New Zealand scenery is that the Kiwi Experience builds up great camaraderie. She has remained friends with many of the people who shared the Experience. But then Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch.

Apparently the friends you make on the tour are what makes the system work. Everyone is very supportive and friendly which makes doing some of the more challenging pursuits easier. The bus drivers are chosen for their personalities and help to make this experience a very enjoyable one. As this bus experience is aimed at a younger set, activities like bungy jumping, sky diving, black and white water rafting are offered as side trips. I can thoroughly recommend black water rafting at Waitomo in the North Island it is one of the most amazing things I have done. You float along an underground river on inflated inner tubes wearing wet suits. You are provided with miners lamps to wear on your head to use while you walk to the river.. Off you go down into the bowels of the earth where you float around looking up at the glow worms hanging above, Magic!! Then off for hot soup in a Marie or Maori meeting house, and then back to your hostel,hotel or Bed and Breakfast lodging on the bus.

Other adrenaline charged activities are provided like horse riding on the beach or you can wander off on your own for the day quietly sight seeing or visiting the local hostelry knowing that the bus will pick you up. No drinking and driving problem for you.

The Kiwi Bus Experience provides a safe environment for young people to visit New Zealand and it is easy to book on line. Should you have to cancel your trip there is a no questions asked refund policy, this does include a $200 nz penalty. Don't forget that when it is Winter in the Northern hemisphere it is Summer down under! Make lots of new found friends and enjoy the fabulous Islands that make up New Zealand, the Land of the long White Cloud. Way to go, Kiwi Bus!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That sounds absolutely great and thank you for sharing. Shame we are so far away. i believe NZ is beautiful and the little I saw on TV it is fantastic. Thank you again.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Hello hello. New Zealand is absolutely great. The journey is well worth taking. Thank you so much for coming by and your kind comment


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Sounds exciting!! New Zealand landscape looks really beautiful too. Glad you have given us all a taste. Thank you. x


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States

I used this company a few years ago and traveled all over NZ! The trip was incredible, and I doubt I could have seen so much on my own.

I wrote a hub about it, too ! Just check my profile for 5 Amazing Adventure Activities in NZ...


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Dim, glad you enjoyed the taste of New Zealand. It is a truly beautiful country. Thanks for coming by. xx


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Edweid, gld you had a good time too. i shall check out your hub! Thanks for coming by.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

This is beautiful. Thanks very much!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

My New Zealand experience was not in the same class. Everyone asleep by 9 pm. Took a taxi to drive around town and everything was closed. Woke up at 3 am wondering what was wrong, only to find that it was the absolute quiet. DEWAFENING SILENCE. Beautiful countryside, but some cemetaries are also beautiful and you don't have to travel that far to reach them :-)) The niceness of the people jsut cannot compensate....


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Fantastic travel experience. You are lucky. The Kiwi experience is for three months, or can you go for any length of time you want? If it's all inclusive for a set price, it's a great deal. Don't know if I will ever go there. Thanks for sharing.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Micky, glad you enjoyed the tour!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Dimitris, this is a different type of holiday. New Zealand itself can be very quiet but not on this tour bus trip. My friend is having a ball with lots of partying and great young company which is not her age group. I do agree that shut shops and early closing are a disappointment but there are compensations. The scenery is truly amazing. Where did you stay?


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Sounds like an adventure to me...let's go...who is ready???

Great information. Thanks for sharing


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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Hey, Gypsy. Sounds good to me. Let someone else do the driving ang take you to wherever - great hub.


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Graphic Penury 6 years ago from Citrus Heights

Cool post Mum. Hope you are enjoying your flight back here. See you at 7:00 Looking forward to it.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Ictodd19477 It is a great adventure! Thank for calling by!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi scarytaff, always good when someone else does the driving! There is a similar arrangement for older age groups too. Thanks for coming by.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Graphic Penury. Looking forward to seeing you too.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi FGual, I believe you can specify the time frame for your trip. For details look up their website on Google under Kiwi Experience


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hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

I have not been to New Zealand but to USA, Australia, South Africa and Germany. They have Greyhound, McCaffertys, Bazbus and Busabout respectively. I have used all extensively and found it fantastic. In some ticket, one can not back track. I surprised McCaffertys (Now Greyhound) by traveling 12,000 km on a single ticket.

Thanks for an informative hub.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Seems an interesting experience to have. If I'll ever be able to go to New Zealand I'll follow your advice and take the bus. Very interesting hub and beautiful pictures. :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi hafeezrm! Glad to see you. The Kiwi bus was an amazing experience for my friend. New Zealand is a unique country full of amazing scenery, well worth a visit.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks hypnodude, easy way to get around without hassle. Hope you have a wonderful trip.


Ann-Marie 6 years ago

Hey Gypsy Willow,

What a fantastic post. Did you know that by posting pics, vids and great stories like this onto our kiwi community pages you can go in the draw for great prizes?

Its also a fab place to reconnect with those folks you met on the bus.

Cheers,

The Kiwi Experience Whanau!

www.kiwiexperience.com


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I love NZ and made a hub about Rotorua. Hope you don't mind if I link to your hub. Very interesting place. Thanks for your great writings. Aloha from Hawaii.

http://hubpages.com/travel/Travel-to-Rotorua-New-Z...


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Anne Marie, thanks for the heads up. I have joined and will post my hub soon. Thank you for coming by!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi elayne001, thanks for dropping by, always good to see you and thanks for the link. Rotorua is a very exciting place. I'm off to read your hub.


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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

Nice hub Gypsy Willow. I'm happy you are my fan and am amazed that you spend part of your life in Taupo which is where I grew up!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi travelespresso, lucky you to grow up in Taupo! We go there in the N hemisphere winter as it is very cold in the Sierras. We have a hone in Acacia Bay a lovely place to be.


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Hi Gypsy Willow, living in Oz i'm sad to say that i haven't made it to Kiwi land yet, but your bus tour sounds great. Must dash. Cheers


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

How interesting. I had not heard of this. I must say, I would love to take this journey one day. Thank you for the information about it.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi attempted! Sorry I missed your comment. You really should attempt to cross the ditch, it is very different from Oz and no snakes!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi James this is a very cost conscious way to see this fabulous country. My friend did it and loved every minute. Thanks for the comment.

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