Click here for main page content Click here for main blog navigation Click here for competiton link Click here to search the blog Click here to sign up the newsletter Click here for blog information Click here for the main sta travel website links Click here for the main sta travel website lrgal information

STA Travel Blog

From the Kiwi’s Mouth: The Kiwi Experience Driver’s Guide to New Zealand

Have you heard of Kiwi Experience? We wouldn’t be surprised if you have, especially if a trip to New Zealand is on your travel wish list. At a basic level, it’s a hop on hop off bus that can take you all over New Zealand, to hard to reach spots and party hubs, and help you meet like minded travellers on your journey.

But Kiwi Experience is more than that. In their own words: “We know when to stop the bus and soak it in, and when to keep on driving and leave the tourist traps behind. We’ll show you New Zealand’s big highlights, and incredible places so hidden even Peter Jackson couldn’t find them.”

At the heart of Kiwi Experience are their amazing driver guides who are passionate about sharing the best of New Zealand with you. We asked one of them to spill the beans on their top tips for New Zealand travel, their favourite overnight stops and what where to find the best pies. That’s right, we ask the right questions.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Meeting new people! I love meeting people from all over the world and seeing their reactions when they see our beautiful countryside or do one of our incredible activities. Their smiles make it all worth while.


I have had a host of different jobs but most notably just before Kiwi Experience I worked with the awesome cats at AJ Hackett Bungy in Queenstown.

If you had to pick 3 highlights from the routes, what would they be?

Tamaki Overnight Marae Stay, Nevis Bungy Queenstown and Ice Explorer Franz Josef.

What makes New Zealand different?

We have the best of everything (not biased at all). Awesome beaches, snow peaked mountains, amazing culture, laid back people, easy to travel landscape, uncrowded cities, towns and roads any activity you could think of. What can’t you do in NZ?

Just one of Kiwi Experience's brilliant route options.

What makes Kiwi Experience different?

Our legacy. Since we have the longest history in NZ we have great relationships with hostels and activity providers, which means as a passenger you will always come first and get the best possible backpacker service. Our numbers speak for themselves and our passengers have the trip of a lifetime when they travel with us making new best friends along the way.

What is your favourite stop in NZ?

Queenstown for sure. Its beauty, its class, its people and excitement. So many activities to choose. From high adrenaline, to total relaxation, Queenstown has something for everybody. That matched with some of the most epic scenery you will see in the world!! It is a very hard place to beat.

What is your favourite overnight?

Tamaki Overnight Maori Stay near Rotorua on the North Island. The experience, the food, the hot tubs, all make it such an awesome night and our passengers really get a chance to get involved in Maori culture. Plus the food. Did I mention the food? It’s all you can eat.

Tamaki Maori Village

What do you always take with you on a trip?

Healthy snacks! You need to stay in top form while travelling. There’s nothing worse than getting sick on the trip of a lifetime.

What do you suggest all customers take with them?

A camera of course and a good attitude and an open mind. Remember this saying “It’s not wrong its just different.” You are mixing with cultures from all over the world. Some passengers may be extensively travelled but for others this will be their first trip away from home!

What is your favourite activity?

Nevis Bungy in Queenstown for sure! Can’t get a bigger rush than jumping off something that ridiculously high!

Where are the best pies in NZ?

Te Anau pies on the way to the beautiful Milford Sound! Ask your Driver.

Think it’s time you had a Kiwi Experience (see what we did there?) save over 50% on hop-on hop off bus passes and and get amongst it.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Showing 2 Comments

  1. hello there and thank you for your information – I have certainly picked up anything new from right here.
    I did however expertise some technical issues using this site, as I experienced to reload the web
    site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not
    that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your quality score if ads and marketing with
    Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my email and could
    look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content.
    Make sure you update this again very soon.

    387 days ago
  2. Hi there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to
    my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

    385 days ago