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New Zealand Kiwi Experience..Yay or Nay?

Postby alicegiles » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:13 am

Hey everyone

Anyone got any advice on whether or not to go with the Kiwi Experience to get around NL or an alternative means of transport such as Camper van or a cheaper way? Is the Kiwi worth the money?
Is it full of 18 year olds wanting to s*** around (Thats what ive heard)

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Re: New Zealand Kiwi Experience..Yay or Nay?

Postby georginal » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:05 pm

If this answer is not too late your other alternative is to try Stray. It's the other hop-on-hop-off bus and they're market is the older ones I say that meaning older as in 20's plus.
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Re: New Zealand Kiwi Experience..Yay or Nay?

Postby TravelFun » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:13 am

I went with Magic Bus and they were good. Did meet the Kiwi and Stray buses at certain places and they were full of party-goers but then again it depends on what you want to do. All the buses pretty much do similar routes, full of independant travellers and you can do things on your own or hook up with others on the way.

I'd recommend to go with the company that does your preferred route. Do check this carefully because buses don't run everyday and you could end up in a place for 3 days if it's not what you want. This is one limitaton I found.

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Re: New Zealand Kiwi Experience..Yay or Nay?

Postby christvdm » Mon May 05, 2014 6:45 am

I just came back from Australia & New Zealand end of march and I travelled there for 3 months ! I used Stray (I'm 28) and I can only recommend them highly ! The Itineraries are great, slightly more expensive than Kiwi but at the same time and this was said above, it's meant for people a little bit more mature, the average in our bus was between 24 and 30 with some 21-23 year old who fitted in perfectly and also a couple of men and women of 50-60 year olds that were super nice as well ! We saw Kiwis many times and even their bus drivers were drunk most of the time ! They just mean to do that, drink all the time and sex ! With Stray, we partied a few times but it's really up to you and if you don't want to, there's no pressure either ;-). Anyway you go, you're gonna have a blast as it's one of the most beautiful countries in the world !! Especially the south island !


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Re: New Zealand Kiwi Experience..Yay or Nay?

Postby moacirb » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:29 am

I spent all February and March of 2014 planning my trip to New Zealand in my winter holidays. I read that renting a camper van or a normal car this time of the year was not a good idea, due to cold and icy roads, so I decided to give Kiwi Experience a go, after finding the Sheepdog Pass (which covers basically all the country in less than 3 weeks). And I'm really happy for this decision. I found some friends during the trip who chose to drive and they were miserable and tired because of the exhausting driving and lack of time. Comfortable way to get to know this amazing country, with some discounts in activities and amazing little spots and walks along the way. I don't drink alcohol and although some of the travelers did, they were civilized the whole time, and punctual with the time. It turns out that I didn't need to plan anything, the driver guide does everything to you, and my job was to remember to breath while enjoying that breathtaking scenery. There is absolutely nothing to complain. I'm very happy with their service, because I could get to know places I wasn't even planning and I feel enriched by the Maori culture and New Zealand's history. I'm a Brazilian enthusiast for those hidden places and am 22 years old, and never had so much fun in a trip like this before. I'd definitely give Kiwi Experience a go. :D Best holiday ever!
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