Day 30-32, Kiwi Experience: Christchurch.

We arrived in Christchurch on 16th April in the early hours of the afternoon and the first thing that struck me was how much building work was going on in this city. I had heard that this was one of the places in New Zealand that had been affected greatly by past earthquakes; most notably […]

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Day 28 & 29, Kiwi Experience: Lake Tekapo.

We spent another whole day in Queenstown before hopping back on the main Kiwi bus route to Lake Tekapo. We stayed in a beautiful campsite park right in front of the lake and were able to take strolls along the water at a whim. Lake Tekapo is famous for its unrivalled view of the heavens […]

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Day 25-27, Kiwi Experience: The ‘Deep South’

Our Kiwi Experience pass also included Milford Sound and the ‘Deep South’ package and even though after Queenstown we were ready to head onto Australia, we decided to make the most out of the money we paid. On hindsight I wish we hadn’t done this part of our trip and if you have a choice […]

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Day 21-24, Kiwi Experience: Queenstown

We arrived into beautiful Queenstown mid afternoon after leaving Wanaka and had a wander around before meeting with friends. The town is small but beautiful, looking like something out of a sky resort! Hugging a huge lake and climbing the surrounding hills, it’s one of the most striking places we visited in New Zealand. For […]

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Day 19-20, Kiwi Experience: Wanaka.

We regretfully left Franz Josef and headed through the countryside towards Wanaka, a beautiful town set on a lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. A lot of people say that this is what Queenstown used to be like years ago, before it became so developed. While some of the enroute stops on the Kiwi Experience bus […]

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Day 10, Kiwi Experience: Enroute to River Valley.

I have skipped Day 9 of the Kiwi Experience because Matt and I spent most of our day chilling, before having an afternoon game of mini golf; an activity that doesn’t warrant a whole blog post to itself! While it was nice to ‘hop off’ and have a day without travelling, we were really looking […]

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Day 8, Kiwi Experience: The Tongariro Crossing, Taupo.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an hour and a half drive out of the centre of Taupo and is one of the most popular day hikes in New Zealand. It’s views and terrain make it a bucket list item for many backpackers travelling through New Zealand. The crossing itself is free and if you have […]

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My Thoughts on the Kiwi Experience so Far.

I’ve found the Kiwi Experience a weird one, especially to begin with. In Asia I was really looking forward to it as I liked the idea of having everything organised for us for the month, however now I’m here I feel conflicted. Pros: It is cool that your itinerary has been pre-organised to a certain […]

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Day 3: A 14km Hike & the Return to Auckland.

We had a bit more time in Paihia as our bus didn’t pick us up until 2.30pm, so myself and Matt decided to go on a walk up to the local Waterfall. Our guide to Cape Reigna the day before had given us rough directions to the path and we headed out of the centre […]

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Kiwi Experience Day 2: Cape Reinga, New Zealand.

This trip was one of the extras on our ‘Kitchen Sink’ package, which I’m glad of because it would have cost $130 to add on as an extra if not! We left the hostel at half past 7 and headed out to Cape Reinga. Once again we had multiple sights to see during the day, […]

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