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1. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 8y

Hi All

I'm going to be in New Zealand in Sept, been looking at best way to get round and have come across Kiwi and Magic, just wondering if anyone can give me any insight to which is better? or any other options.
I want to see everything while Im there and not miss out on anything, time is not an issue(mmm well 12mths)
Cheers in advance

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Of those who I've spoken to, Stray generally comes out top of the three hop-on hop-off bus companies. All three have similar routes, Kiwi has a reputation for being a booze bus so if you fancy that go for it. If I were you I'd give serious thought to just doing it yourself though. The Intercity bus pass gets you around easy enough.

3. Posted by tays (Budding Member 43 posts) 8y

kiwi generally has a younger audience but is great fun! i went last year and yea the partying is hard but they also go to river valley which is amazing for white water rafting i imagine the best in nz! its a must do whilst there! i know magic and stray dont go there so thats a bonus! even tho stray looked pretty kwl! and the people on the buses all seemed really nice and had a good time! eitherway youll have a great time and meet some awesome people!

4. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 8y

i went stray. its sort of halfway between magic bus's older crowd and kiwi experience's hedonistic youth.
but with them all it all depends on the particular crowd you get.

5. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Quoting magykal1

Of those who I've spoken to, Stray generally comes out top of the three hop-on hop-off bus companies. All three have similar routes, Kiwi has a reputation for being a booze bus so if you fancy that go for it. If I were you I'd give serious thought to just doing it yourself though. The Intercity bus pass gets you around easy enough.

Hi magykal1, how do you think Intercity would work out price wise? The give sample itineraries on the website but they wouldn't be as extensive as what I was planning route wise but I guess you just top up the card along the way anyway.

An extensive pass on the magic/kiwi bus is about $1000 NZ dollars which seems expensive but I guess it does cover basically the whole country. Was put off kiwi from the website, seems very geared towards getting drunk rather than seeing New Zealand! I don't think I can do Stray because I need to start in Christchurch and finish in Auckland. The Navigator Plus Magic pass fits the bill here but if anyone out there reckons Intercity is the way to go let me know!
Sorry for the thread hijack OP! :)

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I guess you'd have to buy the 60 hours pass and then extra trips on the side - it would work out about $800 total I reckon. I don't remember the pass working that way, it doesn't seem very intuitive to me to do it by hours, but never mind.

By the way, when I was browsing around I came across this company - looks like an NZ version of Megabus, fares the length of the country from $1. This could make your trip really cheap - anybody know of/used them?

7. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Yeah the hour thing just put me off! I might look into it again though because 800 would be cheap although Magic/Kiwi do offer free addtional daytrips along with the pass

As for Naked Bus I think you have to book far in advance to get the $1 fares, I tried booking for the same week and it was much more than $1! If you had a set itinerary I guess it could work but doesn't seem flexible enough for most backpacker needs

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

Quoting Pyjamarama

Yeah the hour thing just put me off!

There's also a day-based pass for the Intercity/Newmans network, namely the travelpass. This works out cheaper than the hour-based flexipass if you do fewer but longer bus trips. (What I did was to get one of each, and use whichever one was more appropriate for the day's travel, where the switchover point was at four hours, iirc; it did take me my entire year-long stay in the country to fully use both, though.)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 5, 2008, at 9:54 AM by Sander ]

9. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 8y

cheers for info guys

looking at the options i reckon ur right Rob with the intercity bus pass, think thts the way ill go, plus they say if u dont use al ur hrs u can sell on, which is a small bonus.
cheers again

10. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

...Kiwi has a reputation for being a booze bus so if you fancy that go for it.

oooh I did not know that! I do and I will.