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Kiwi Experience or Magic for a bus tour of NZ???

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1. Posted by vegasmbj (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I just got to NZ and am staying in Auckland for a few days while I try to figure out which bus tour to take around both islands. I keep reading great things about K. E. and Magic but I'm not sure which to go with. I keep hearing that K.E. is the party bus with mostly 18-21 year olds that want to drink every night and Magic usually has travellers in their mid-twenties who aren't as interested to go out to the bars every night. I'm 32 and like to party, but I also want to see all the sites NZ has to offer. I'm leaning towards K.E. I guess, but don't want to be the oldest person on there by a decade. Anybody have any suggestions or reviews of their experiences on either bus?

2. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 334 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I'm 30. I did KE. I was probably the oldest person on the bus most of the time, but there were a lot of people around 25/26/27.

I had a great time.

3. Posted by Rambler1 (Budding Member 51 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

When I was 25 I did the Magic bus and had a fantastic time. The group was a great laugh and all looking to get as much out of the trip as possible. We did some drinking and stayed in hostels where we cooked as a group of 12 quite often throughout the whole country. Age range was from a few 20 year olds to some 35-40 year olds. A good mix which cater for everyone. I heard the K.E was just a party bus where NZ would just be a blurr and day were you wanted to experience the country was spend in bed hung over.... Magic bus all the way!

4. Posted by micky b (Budding Member 30 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

i did kiwi bus 3 years ago,was great fun,we had some people in they 40s on bus,if u wana go out and party you can,but they also take you too a lot of nice places aswell,i think backpackers are not botherd by age as your all in the same boat!

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I did the Magic bus in my mid-twenties and had a great time. There was a range of ages on the bus - I guess I was somewhere in the middle. I also did a shorter trip up to the Bay of Islands with Magic last year and although I'm now 34 I didn't feel out of place; it really doesn't matter what age you are on Magic (or Stray, which I have also used and would recommend) because it's really just a way of getting to A to B and you can get involved with social activities if you like without there being any obligation.

6. Posted by vegasmbj (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

thanks for all the info!!