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What are the main accommodation stops for Kiwi Experience?

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1. Posted by llewster (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Im looking to just do the South Island with Kiwi Experience - start and finish in Wellington. Ive checked the Kiwi Experience book and it indicates it drops off and picks up from all the hostels in each of the towns and cities it goes to but I also know that they probably favour one hostel in all the towns/cities it goes to too. Im just wondering if anyone would know what hostels they currently favour so we can book ahead - work with timing of stay - staying with the group etc. So Wellington, Nelson, Westport, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown, Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Christchurch and Kaikoura.

I won't be only using the Kiwi Experience accom - the trip is for a honeymoon so i plan on slurging on some of the stops - If anyone can mention a good honeymoon place in the South Island that won't break the budget (the wedding is already killing me) tell me about it.

Cheers

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

When I did Kiwi Experience back in 2001 (wow, has it been that long), as well as on other similar style backpacker tours throughout the years, they usually guaranteed enough beds available in their main hostel for whoever is on the bus and will help you out with other arrangements if that's not available or not what you're looking for. So I don't think you'll have to book in advance.
But double check on this, I definitely could be wrong and maybe I just got lucky always having a space.
On a side note, are you sure that Kiwi Experience is what you want for a honeymoon? I'm not saying it shouldn't be, but I just hope you've looked into the sort of clientèle these sorts of buses attract. I had a blast when I was 23, but I do hear more than a few complaints from older travelers (even later 20's) who don't fancy spending that long on a bus full of drunken partiers.

3. Posted by sunshine24 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

You should perhaps also look at doing either Stray or Magic. They offer the same service as Kiwi Experience with similar activities but generally attract travellers who perhaps dont want to spend their entire travels with a bus full of gap year students. I have heard some good reports about both these bus/travel companies and would definately look at travelling with one of these myself when I get the chance to get over there.

If you dont mind arranging your own intinary then you could also look into hiring a campervan for the duration of your trip which would make your honeymoon more private whilst still getting to see the sights. Friends of mine did this recently (not the honeymoon part) and loved every minute of it.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3712 posts) 8y

Quoting sunshine24

You should perhaps also look at doing either Stray or Magic. They offer the same service as Kiwi Experience with similar activities but generally attract travellers who perhaps dont want to spend their entire travels with a bus full of gap year students. I have heard some good reports about both these bus/travel companies and would definately look at travelling with one of these myself when I get the chance to get over there.

definitely - I have used both stray and magic and while its sociable it also attracts a slightly older crowd who are not into partying all the time. Personally I wouldn't think the Kiwi experience is suited for a honeymoon. Stray gets slightly more off the beaten track than magic but they are otherwise pretty similar. Both wil guarantee accommodation in their chosen hostels or you can choose to make your own accommodation arrangements.

5. Posted by llewster (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I was looking at Magic and Stray as well but they seemed more structured - going to definate Hostels somewhere. I have done Oz Experience up in Queensland and Bus About over in Europe last year so I sort of know what to expect - it all depends on the group. But then again we are talking Adventure stuff so this might attract a different kind of person again - so i will look at doing as you say the independent thing - going by ourselves all over the place. It is a honeymoon after all - lol.

6. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 8y

hey,

we travelled nz for two months and bought our own car/van thing. i got a lot of feedback from people who did the kiwi exp and all of it was bad they missed out loads of cool stuff that they cant go to ont he bus. theres a lot to see in nz most of it off the main roads where the bus doesnt go!!

you have to do milford - key sumit walk - lots in that area and the bus drives straigh past it all we spent 3 days down there doing it all.

7. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

I was wondering if it is possible to do both i.e. Purchase the kiwi ticket to get you from A - B (the large legs of the journey), then once you reach your destination get a lift or public transport to the hidden places that the bus doesn't take you too.

Personalily i want to hire a 'van' and tour the country but my girlfriend is leaning towards doing the bus tours so that we can meet people etc.?!?