has anyone been to new zealand and tried the kiwi inclusive as i am planning on doing it early next year and would love some advice.is it normal to head away alone any help appreciated on money where to travel? what jobs to do? and money again aaaaaaaahhhhh.
Hey Craig, I bought the Rangi Kiwi bus pass, buying it in the UK before going to NZ is cheaper. I'll be going alone..I'm told its hop-on hop-off so you would probably bump into friendly faces on the way round. It comes highly recommended. Appartently the bus drivers know loads about their country and give any info you need, and they recommend where to stay, eat, party, or which activities to do at each stop. So you get the independance of choosing what you want to do & when, but theres a safety net.
Go for it. There are a bunch of different tours at different prices to suit your budget.
The website gives you an idea on what activities are on offer;
cannoeing/kayaking, walk glaciers, hang glide, sky dive, whale watch, bungee, trekking, hot spas, the list goes on!
I found that the standard price of bus passes were the same in England as in NZ, but once I got to NZ there were lots of special offers so I'd recommend waiting until you got there before buying your bus pass. I bought a North and South pass which had the East Coast (worth $200) thrown in for free. Also some hostels will give you a free night's accomodation if you book a pass through them.
Also, it's worth noting that bus drivers will try to steer you towards the activities which get them the biggest commissions, so take everything they say with a pinch of salt. Some of the drivers were very honest, and most of the activities they recommend will be great fun, but I also did some brilliant activities which the drivers didn't mention and which I found out about myself (and they also happened to be really cheap and good value), e.g. driving a speedboat, flying a plane, sprint car racing.
The same goes for hostels. It's easier for the drivers if they can just dump everyone in the same hostel - but I stayed at some cool hostels which weren't the officially recommended ones.
When the drivers tell you the best places to go out drinking though, it's worth listening to what they say, as basically most people on the bus will go where the drivers say so you can pretty much guarantee that those places will have the best atmosphere. ALso, there are a couple of places where the drivers can give you drinks vouchers which come in handy.