NZ - Kiwi Experience - Long Drop


NZ - Kiwi Experience - Long Drop


Hop on Hop off bus adventures, theres much to see and do. You'll travel with like minded peopl as well as meet a host of local characters. Heaps of great walks and adrenaline pumping activities along the way and all this is organised but your true blue Kiwi driver guide! 

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Pass Guidelines - Start Auckland  finish Christchurch.

Minimum travel time 22 Days / Maxium travel time 12 months from 1st day of travel



Hop on Hop off bus adventures, theres much to see and do. You'll travel with like minded peopl as well as meet a host of local characters. Heaps of great walks and adrenaline pumping activities along the way and all this is organised but your true blue Kiwi driver guide! 

Today we head out of the City of Sails towards the Coromandel Peninsula
and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove; only accessible on foot or
by kayak. This beautiful coastal spot is great for swimming, sea kayaking,
and spotting dolphins (if you’re lucky). We then carry on to Hot Water
Beach (rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Lonely Planet)
where you can hit the beach with your shovel at low tide to dig your own
hot pool in the sand.

After a fresh start, our first stop of the day is the Karangahake Scenic
Reserve. Here we explore a native bush-clad gorge, swing bridges and
learn a bit about New Zealand’s gold mining history. Next it’s onto
Waitomo (‘wai’ meaning water, ‘tomo’ meaning hole) where you will
get the chance to visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. If
you’re feeling adventurous, here is your chance to go underground and
experience one of our top rated NZ activities with The Legendary Black
Water Rafting Co.

We start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve (rated in the
top 10 short walks of New Zealand) before heading off toward Rotorua,
the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. Along the way we will stop
at The Shires Rest where you can take a tour through the enchanting
Hobbiton Movie Set, a certain highlight of your time in New Zealand.
Tonight, don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae. You
will experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki
Maori Village – a night not to be missed! Alternatively, try Hells Gate Mud
Baths, the Polynesian Spas or check out any of the 14 lakes in the district.
This is the first stop we recommend to make the most of our hop-on,
hop-off service and jump off the bus. Extra activities to spend your time
doing include biking in the Redwood Forest park, luging, visit Wai-o-Tapu
mud pools or Mt Tarawera.

The first activity of the day is exploring the geothermal reserve of
Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser and a chance to see a real live
Kiwi bird. A short hop and a leap down the road, we stop off at Taupo’s
famous Huka Falls. A popular backpacker destination, with New Zealand’s
biggest lake and plenty to keep you occupied, Taupo is rightly known as
the adventure capital of the North Island. Sign up here for the Tongariro
Crossing and Barbary Sailing on the stunning Great Lake Taupo (New
Zealand’s largest lake).

Get up before the sun and hike one of New Zealand’s great walks. The
Tongariro Crossing is an experience not to be missed! Home to Mt Doom
in Tolkien’s world, the scenery is sure to blow you away on this 8 hour
hike.Alternatively, enjoy a sleep-in and experience one of the many
activities on offer. A walk down to Spa Park to relax in the natural hot
springs by the river or adrenaline seeking with skydiving, bungy jumping,
sailing and jet boating.
We stay an extra night in Taupo because there’s so much to do,
however, if you are short on time you can skip this extra day,
timetable allowing.

Today we head south around the “great lake” towards the World Heritage
Tongariro National Park for a picnic lunch and a walk through native
bush and waterfalls. In the afternoon we travel through to the ultimate

adventure lodge - River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-
clad hills. The lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic

horse riding, and stunning surroundings. Spend the evening enjoying a
delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire.

We head away late after a morning of white water rafting or horse riding,
and head through the rolling hills full of deer, cattle and sheep. We arrive
into New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, in the early evening. This city
is New Zealand’s undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants,
fashion and nightlife.
We recommend you jump off the bus here too. Extra activities to do
during your time here include Te Papa Museum, visiting the Beehive
(New Zealand’s Parliament building), climb Mt Victoria and Sir Peter
Jackson’s Weta Workshop where you can go behind the scenes to learn
how the Lord of the Rings films were made.

An early morning departure from Wellington takes you on the
Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait and through the stunning
Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy the arrival into the seaside town of Picton
and then travel through vineyards to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest
city. After a stop at the supermarket to stock up on supplies, we drive
on to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park where a
beautiful golden sand beach is on your doorstep.

We recommend spending an extra day in the National Park, chilling on
the beach and walking a section of the multi day track. Kayak, walk or sail
into the park and get as far as Adele Island and Anchorage bay for a swim
and relaxing stroll along the coast.

Enjoy the late departure so you can spend the morning kayaking out to
Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out
for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to one of the bays in
the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native
New Zealand forest. This afternoon we stop at the iconic Nelson Lakes
National Park so you can get your legendary wharf jumping shot before
traveling through snow-capped mountains and wild Buller River Gorge
on your journey towards the Wild West Coast. On arrival into the surfing
town of Westport explore the rugged coastline by surfing or stand up
paddle boarding, or check out the rugged West Coast Beach nearby.

Today we journey down spectacular State Highway 6, which stretches 435
kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline. The road winds through
a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze. Tonight we
spend the night in a traditional West Coast pub where you have a chance
to enjoy a delicious group meal and bond with your bus mates.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Lake Mahinapua before we
continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through
forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country. Franz
Josef is the northern gateway to Te Wahipounamu, the Southwest New
Zealand World Heritage area. The region includes Aoraki/Mount Cook,
Westland Tai Poutini, Mount Aspiring, the Fiordland National Parks, and
surrounding conservation lands.

Today is your chance to hike on Franz Josef Glacier, rated as one of the
top three activities in New Zealand by Kiwi Experience passengers. You
could also enjoy a scenic heli-flight over the glacier, go horseback riding,
kayaking, paintball or explore the various walks in the area. We factor in a
free day in Franz Josef so that you can get out there and experience all it
has to offer. It’s a wicked spot, and whatever you get out and do, you will
be blown away by the views of the glacier and the Alps.
We stay an extra night in Franz Josef because there’s so much to
do, however if you are short on time you can skip this extra day,
timetable allowing.

We start out early in order to catch the perfect reflections of Mt Cook
and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. We then journey to the
magical Southern Lakes region and take the time to chill in the beautiful
Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring
National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the

Before we leave Wanaka, get your brain working at Puzzling World and
then it’s on to the World Home of Bungy - the 47m Kawarau Bridge jump.
Only the brave will sign themselves up for this iconic New Zealand activity.
We arrive in Queenstown mid-afternoon and head down to the spectacular
waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous
nightlife with all the crew. Welcome to Queenstown. Adventure capital of
New Zealand... and the world! What more do we need to say?!

Queenstown is one of the most amazing places on Earth. No matter what
time of the year, it is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots. Take
the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque
places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding

walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities. World-
renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of

adrenaline based activities including jet boating, bungy jumping, white
water rafting and skydiving – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping!
If there was one activity that you couldn’t miss, it would be the day trip
to Milford Sound, commonly referred to as The Eighth Wonder of the
World. The region also has a world-class ski and snowboard season from
June to October. If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace there’s plenty
of hiking and biking trails too!
We allow extra nights in Queenstown because there’s so much
to do, however if you are short on time you can skip these days,
timetable allowing.

See amazing views of mirror lakes, mountains and cascading waterfalls
on this one day trip. Travel along the world famous Milford Road through
Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only do you
get to experience a spectacular coach tour but also a magical cruise
through Milford Sound fiord. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered
wildlife amongst towering cliffs and thundering waterfalls. See the Homer
Tunnel, gigantic waterfalls and amazing fiords. This will be a day you will
never forget.
If you have the time, jump off in Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland
National Park and home to a stunning lake. Provided the weather and
bank balance permits you have the option of flying back to Queenstown,
otherwise the Kiwi Experience bus will take you back to the adventure
The night is spent in Invercargill, home of the world’s fastest Indian
(motorcycle) and Henry the tuatara! You have the choice to hop over
to Stewart Island – it’s definitely worth the visit, an island paradise with
a bird population 100 times that of the kiwi (human) one. To do this you
will need to hop-off the bus and spend some extra time.

The Catlins is probably as far south as you may ever go in the world. Travel
through beautiful native forest, sandy beaches and see rare wildlife.
The might of the New Zealand sea-lion (New Zealand’s largest native
mammal) is a real highlight as are the many short walks to the Catlins
natural attractions, which includes a 180 million year-old fossilised forest
(where you are also likely to see Yellow-eyed penguins returning from a
hard days fishing). We head towards the east coast through the Central
Otago fruit growing basin. Dunedin is famous for its student activity,
being home to 20,000 plus students at Otago University, the city is also
well known for its Scottish heritage. On arrival in the evening there is an
option to visit another icon of Dunedin, the Speights Brewery with one of
their tours and tastings!

Spend the morning in Dunedin exploring the city centre on foot and visit
Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street, or partake in a
Cadbury World Chocolate Factory Tour before departing Dunedin just
before lunch. During our journey through Central Otago to Queenstown
we follow the Clutha River through some of Central Otago’s productive
fruit and wine growing terrain as well as stopping at one of New Zealand’s
largest hydroelectric dams, the Clyde Dam.

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 the snow-capped Alps and clear starry skies. You
have the option here to hop-off the bus and head up to Mt Cook with our
mates (please note this is an additional overnight stop and you will need
longer to do this than the minimum time). 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.

Today we have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the
South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. A day of contrasts
from snowy peaks to fertile plains in the Garden City of Christchurch, we
shift into sheep country, they outnumber humans 6:1. Witness the city
rebuilding and flourishing in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes and keep
your eyes peeled for the sweet pop-up bars around the city.
Spend some extra time in Christchurch and head to Kaikoura for a day.
Kaikoura is known as one of the best coastal wildlife regions in the world
- whales, dolphins and seals! In fact, the name Kaikoura means to eat
crayfish (“kai” meaning to eat, “koura” meaning crayfish).