This year we launched a competition called ‘My epic adventure is…’ for young, budding backpackers to win a FREE trip to New Zealand with Kiwi Experience! All you guys had to do was send us a snap summing up what your ultimate epic adventure was, we had loads of entries and it was a VERY difficult decision but the winner had to be James Ranken with this unbelievable picture…
So off he went on his epic adventure around New Zealand with Kiwi Experience. But first, I think it would be worth getting to know them both a little bit better, don’t you think?
Who is James Ranken?
We’ll let James tell you a bit more about himself…
So how did I end up here, doing all these crazy activities and travelling across such a beautiful part of the world? I guess it has been a pretty wild journey. Like many young people I left university earlier this year not completely sure where and what I wanted to do in life. After spending five years studying construction with three of those years studying architecture at university I decided it was time to do something different, something that I REALLY wanted in life.
I have spent the last three years capturing my adventures and sharing them with other people through my Instagram account. From hanging out of helicopters to snowboarding in the backcountry these were the activities that kept me sane throughout my studies.
It wasn’t until I joined the Kiwi Experience through New Zealand that I realized how much travelling has opened my eyes to the world and doing the crazy activities I love in an awesome backdrop definitely topped it off. The convenience of having everything organised gave me SO much more time to enjoy all of the adrenaline-fuelled fun! It was great to just hang out with people rather than spend all day planning and the flexibility on how long I could stay in each place was great. I have returned back to the UK ready for more adventures with a different outlook on the future – hungry for travel. I feel grateful for the memories made, the people I met and who knows what the future holds… see you next time NZ!
And what exactly is the Kiwi Experience?
You don’t know? Wow are you in for a treat. These guys are pro on all things New Zealand and quite frankly the only way to travel around if you have a jam-packed itinerary. Basically, they are a hop-on hop-off bus service for New Zealand offering the most unforgettable experiences. It’s a bright green bus (you can’t miss it!), giving you flexible travel around the country, you can stay as long as you like in each place and pick up the next big green bus whenever you like. The guides are really knowledgeable and tell you everything you need to know about the local area.
Plus they take you to places that the guide books don’t know about like the ‘Poo Party’ (not what you think) in Lake Mahinapua. The best bit is you don’t have to think about a thing and can just travel around with your new mates, having a laugh. It’s ideal if you’re thinking of travelling solo, you’ll have new friends straight away. They also have some sweet discounts on adrenaline activities like sky diving and bungee jumping, the get ‘mates rates’ from the suppliers – so you’ll save some serious dollar!