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1. Posted by Jodie.82 (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

Hi, i've booked the Kiwi Experience bus The Zephyr for the month of september, is anyone else doing this around that time? has anyone done this before and got any tips? and also, how easy is it to arrive in each place you stop at and get cheap hostels?
any info appreciated
thanks
:)

2. Posted by RickB22 (Budding Member 31 posts) 6y

hi again, only me. we have also booked the zephyr kiwi experience, but we dont start till 30th november. it seems we are doing very similar trips haha. just out of interest, did you get the special offer on the zephyr pass, ours worked out at £340. usually about £471, so its a good deal. oh and more to the point, i am also interested in any tips if anyone has done this before, cheers

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 6y

Quoting Jodie.82

Hi, i've booked the Kiwi Experience bus The Zephyr for the month of september, is anyone else doing this around that time? has anyone done this before and got any tips? and also, how easy is it to arrive in each place you stop at and get cheap hostels?

The kiwi experience will push you to book through them (they pass around a signup form in the bus each day), with the entire group staying in the same hostel (which they undoubtedly get a kickback for).
September is low season though, so any hostel should have availability, and various hostels will run promotions like "stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free", so it pays to do your own research.

4. Posted by Jodie.82 (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

ha ha hi again, yes we are! yes we booked ours through STA in february and got a deal about £330 I think.
thanks for the info sander thats much as I though it would be to be honest they are bound to have commission and certain hostels they try and get you to book into etc, was just worried they might stop off in places where you had no choice but to go with their suggestions and whether they woould be greatly overpriced?
we've budgeted about £420-£440 for accomodation for a month in NZ so about £14 a night is that about right for a dorm shared bathroom etc?

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 6y

Quoting Jodie.82

was just worried they might stop off in places where you had no choice but to go with their suggestions and whether they woould be greatly overpriced?

They have two overnight destinations where there's only one choice of accommodation and that exclusive for the Kiwi Experience: River Valley on the North Island, and Lake Mahinapua on the west coast of the South Island. I just checked, and your route takes you past both. I don't think they're horrendously overpriced though, or at least, I've never seen anyone complain about it.

we've budgeted about £420-£440 for accomodation for a month in NZ so about £14 a night is that about right for a dorm shared bathroom etc?

Yes, that should be more than enough. In bigger cities you might pay around NZD $28/night (almost that £14 you mention), but in smaller towns a dorm might be as cheap as $22/night (e.g. £11).

6. Posted by Nel1787 (Budding Member 28 posts) 6y

I'm also doing the Kiwi Experience on the Zephyr but mines from the 6th of July til the August the 5th, any advice needed? Cheers in advance

7. Posted by Nel1787 (Budding Member 28 posts) 6y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Jodie.82

was just worried they might stop off in places where you had no choice but to go with their suggestions and whether they woould be greatly overpriced?

They have two overnight destinations where there's only one choice of accommodation and that exclusive for the Kiwi Experience: River Valley on the North Island, and Lake Mahinapua on the west coast of the South Island. I just checked, and your route takes you past both. I don't think they're horrendously overpriced though, or at least, I've never seen anyone complain about it.

we've budgeted about £420-£440 for accomodation for a month in NZ so about £14 a night is that about right for a dorm shared bathroom etc?

Yes, that should be more than enough. In bigger cities you might pay around NZD $28/night (almost that £14 you mention), but in smaller towns a dorm might be as cheap as $22/night (e.g. £11).

Booked mine through STA aswell and got the discount!

8. Posted by Jodie.82 (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Jodie.82

was just worried they might stop off in places where you had no choice but to go with their suggestions and whether they woould be greatly overpriced?

They have two overnight destinations where there's only one choice of accommodation and that exclusive for the Kiwi Experience: River Valley on the North Island, and Lake Mahinapua on the west coast of the South Island. I just checked, and your route takes you past both. I don't think they're horrendously overpriced though, or at least, I've never seen anyone complain about it.

cheers for the info sander

we've budgeted about £420-£440 for accomodation for a month in NZ so about £14 a night is that about right for a dorm shared bathroom etc?

Yes, that should be more than enough. In bigger cities you might pay around NZD $28/night (almost that £14 you mention), but in smaller towns a dorm might be as cheap as $22/night (e.g. £11).

oh really! looking on hostelworld etc I thought they were more, but thats great news :)

9. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 6y

Quoting Nel1787

I'm also doing the Kiwi Experience on the Zephyr but mines from the 6th of July til the August the 5th, any advice needed? Cheers in advance

Pack your thermals and wear warm clothes. Have a great holiday.
Kia Ora.

10. Posted by Nel1787 (Budding Member 28 posts) 6y

Quoting Araluen

Quoting Nel1787

I'm also doing the Kiwi Experience on the Zephyr but mines from the 6th of July til the August the 5th, any advice needed? Cheers in advance

Pack your thermals and wear warm clothes. Have a great holiday.
Kia Ora.

Im going from 5th of Aug to 16th of Sep, is it really going to be that cold from Melbourne to Cairns?