A KIWI EXPERIENCE BUS ADVENTURE IS QUITE SIMPLY THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND.
Their local guides know the country and culture better than anyone else and have hosted over 500,000 passengers in 30 years. Flexible, hassle-free, guided tours, tailored to your appetite for adventure and budget.
They take care of it all, leaving you to focus on the memory making and unrivalled experiences.
Queenstown – Lake Tekapo
Discover the untouched beauty and crystal clear skies in the world’s largest dark sky reserve. We head out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, so get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, we travel to Lake Tekapo with its amazing location by snow-capped Alps and clear starry skies. Lake Tekapo has something for everyone – relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched view, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in what is the world’s largest dark sky reserve.
Lake Tekapo – Christchurch
A day of contrasts from snowy peaks to fertile plains home to the Garden City. We have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. Witness a city rebuilding and flourishing in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes. Check out the funky Re:Start Mall and keep your eyes peeled for the sweet pop-up bars around the city.
Christchurch – Kaikoura
Kaikoura is known as one of the best coastal wildlife regions in the world – whales, dolphins and seals! Departing Christchurch bright and early, we arrive in Kaikoura in time for you to check out what Kaikoura is most famous for – its whale watching or swimming with the dolphins. Spend the evening chilling on the beach or sampling some of the best seafood New Zealand has to offer for your dinner. In fact, the name Kaikoura means to eat crayfish (“kai” meaning to eat, “koura” meaning crayfish).
Check out seal colonies and drive along the amazing Kaikoura coastline We head north and take in the last of the dramatic Kaikoura coastline. It’s a spectacular drive and we stop for a close look at the seals that lay about on the rocks. We make our way to the Picton ferry terminal in time to catch the afternoon sailing to the North Island. Say farewell to the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) and we’re on our way! The ferry ride takes a few hours so chill out and enjoy the view of the amazing Marlborough Sounds!
Wellington – Taupo
The drive today has beautiful rivers and lakes as well as Lord of the Rings landscapes! With an early start from windy Wellington, we head north and pass through Taihape, where we drop off and pick up people for River Valley Adventure Lodge. Departing Taihape – the gumboot capital of NZ – we head to the Central Plateau, home of the Tongariro National Park. Then it’s through to Taupo driving alongside New Zealand’s biggest lake. If the weather suits, it’s time to skydive!
Taupo – Auckland
This morning we head north to Rotorua, renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. After dropping off passengers in Rotorua who are spending a night or two here, we stop at Kiwi Encounter, where you can get up close and personal with our national icon – the Kiwi bird. Next, we make our way to Matamata (aka Hobbiton). You can jump off here if you’re a Lord of the Rings nut. Then it’s onwards through the rolling countryside to Auckland, otherwise known as the ‘City of Sails’. We call into the Kiwi Experience office for a chance to purchase merchandise, confirm future bookings or extend your trip even further!