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Kiwi Experience has been New Zealand’s original hop-on, hop-off bus travel network for over 25 years, offering some of the most unforgettable experiences and backpacker tours on the planet. The big green buses and Kiwi drivers have a legendary status on the road and around the globe. The first of these backpacker-styled tours in New Zealand departed on October 28, 1989 and since then, Kiwi Experience has won numerous tourism awards, travelled over 20 million miles and shown more than 400,000 backpacker travellers the trip of a lifetime!
New Zealand is full of natural wonders, man-made marvels, and hidden secrets. This amazing country has so much to offer that even the locals can’t decide where to go next. This is where the experienced driver guides, action packed passes, and online travel tools come in – fitting in with traveller plans and budget to show off the very best in New Zealand backpacking. The main benefit with the hop-on, hop-off system of unlimited travel and no pressure, is that clients can travel New Zealand at their own pace and be sure to see the country exactly the way they want to.
Customer satisfaction for Kiwi Experience is extremely high. Check out a testimonial and poem written by a happy Kiwi Experience client. And…not that we recommend this, some clients have enjoyed their trip so much they even got Kiwi Experience tattoos!
I’ve just completed a 2-month trip and wanted to say a big thanks….maybe not in the conventional way! My creative juices (or maybe not!), have been running so I did a poem summing up my time here…….hope you like it!! My trip around New Zealand has come to an end, but there’s one final email I wanted to send…
To Kiwi Experience, the big green bus,
You helped me around without any fuss.
Some early pick ups – but that’s okay,
We got to make the most out of every day.
From sand dunes in Pahia to surf on the East,
Bungy in Rotorua followed by a Hangi feast.
A skydive in Taupo – friends think I’m insane;
Why would I throw myself out of a plane?
Quad biking, horse riding, 4 wheel drive too,
The black abyss in Waitomo, what didn’t I do?
Through the capital city and over Cook Strait,
The South to explore, I could hardly wait.
Sea kayaking near Nelson on Valentines Day,
A wicked experience, what more can I say!
At Les’s pub the party was ‘P’,
And what a great night that turned out to be.
Franz Joseph, wow, the fun carries on…
A heli-hike and skydive – yep second one!
Queenstown – what an amazing place,
Activities galore and the nightlife is ace!
Hang glide and gondola – what a great view,
Teapots and hangovers – survived it all. Phew!
Seals, penguins and Milford Sound cruise,
The bottom bus adventure, a great one to choose.
Galleries and gardens, Christchurch can boast,
Then on to Kaikoura back along the coast.
Swimming with seals and seeing sperm whales,
Leaping dolphins and magnificent tails.
Back up to Auckland to fly on home,
No more confirming over the phone!
Great recommendations for places to stay –
A good comfy bed after an exhilarating day.
Advice on activities – driver/guides know it all,
It’s with thanks to them that I’ve had a ball.
Pick-ups and drop-offs, right at the door,
A girl with bags – couldn’t ask for more!
Friendly, funny and some great nicknames,
The scenery and culture the driver explains.
Getting to know them whilst on route…
Al and Puddles, my favourites, so cute!!
The music’s been good and then there’s your lingo,
Awesome, Sweet As, How’s it goin’ bro?
There’s everyone else on the bus like me,
A solo traveller with so much to see.
So many great people I’ve met along the way,
Some friends for life I can confidently say.
My Full Monty pass has now run its time,
Back home to England, I’ll miss the sunshine!
I’ll definitely be back though, much more to do,
But for this trip Kiwi – I say a massive THANK YOU. 🙂
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