A Kiwi Experience Review – New Zealand Bus Tour

New Zealand has long been the dream destination for travellers looking to escape to amazing experiences, adventure and unforgettable scenery.

The Kiwi Experience

Kiwi Experience is the leading New Zealand backpacker bus experience, for those looking to have a trip of a lifetime.  When travelling with Kiwi Experience the Driver Guide can organise your accommodation and activities both paid and free, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing splendour of the country.

In addition, when you travel by bus you’ll get the insider scoop of the best places to visit from an experienced Driver Guide. Kiwi Experience reviews all of its destinations, activities and accommodation with a fine tooth comb so you’ll know that you get the best that New Zealand has to offer. Plus the bus stops in all sorts of fantastic places along the way for walks, nature and exploring so you’ll actually see the country, not just the inside of a bus. Some of the popular activities and places you can get to on Kiwi Experience include:

  • Tongariro Crossing
  • Bay of Islands
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Black Water Rafting in Waitomo
  • Skydiving in Taupo
  • Stewart Island
  • Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach


When you hop-on to Kiwi Experience you can relax and let them organise every aspect of the trip. Simply enjoy the ride with friends (new or old) while the Driver Guide  negotiates the best options for accommodation, activities, meals and driving routes.

Or you can have the freedom to hop-off anywhere along the route to suit your own travel itinerary. Then hop back on when you are ready, so you can explore the country at your own pace.


When it comes to choosing a between a bus tour company and driving yourself, cost is always an important factor. Although Kiwi Experience requires payment upfront for the bus transport, this doesn’t mean that you will end up spending more money. In your pass price a variety of things are included such as transportation, petrol, day stop activities, Driver Guides insights and commentary and booking and discounts on activities and accommodation.  By travelling with Kiwi Experience the best price guarantee for activities will ensure that you get a great deal on adventure, culture and nature experiences. All these savings mean that by travelling on a bus you’ll get the cheapest deal in the long run.

With Kiwi Experience you can take in all the spectacular sites of the South Island including Christchurch, the seals of Kaikoura, the Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Tekapo and the adventure sports of Queenstown in a 10 day trip for just $805NZD (2013 Pricing). Kiwi Experience often has great deals on passes, with up to 50% discount if you time it right so keep an eye on their website. In contrast, a quote from a well-known hire car company in Christchurch for nine days car hire would set you back around $685NZD. But with the hire car option you’ll need to take in the cost per day rate, insurance, expensive petrol, parking, navigation costs, additional add-ons and any penalty fees involved which quickly add up.

Ultimately, there are pros and cons when it comes to deciding if a backpacker bus is the right option for you. Kiwi Experience has the convenience, experiences and low overall costs going for it, which is why it is so popular for travellers looking to have the experience of a lifetime.

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