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Since 1988 Flying Kiwi has been recognised as New Zealand's leading adventure tour company. These unique tours focus on getting further off the beaten track - mixing stunning, remote locations with New Zealand's must see highlights. Every trip is carefully structure...
Since 1988 Flying Kiwi has been recognised as New Zealand's leading adventure tour company. These unique tours focus on getting further off the beaten track - mixing stunning, remote locations with New Zealand's must see highlights. Every trip is carefully structured to provide a range of activity options. Choose from a combination of hiking, cycling and adventure activities everyday - no pressure to participate but plenty of choice for everyone. Tasty, healthy meals are included and rather than hostels we stay in tents or cabins by lakes, mountains and oceans - waking up to magnificent views everyday and getting away from the tourist crowds. Flying Kiwi is the only New Zealand company listed in National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth" for their oustanding trips, customer service and sustainability and the World Travel Awards for the last 6 consecutive years.Read more
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- RSRachelHot Rocks Tour 10 Days - Top rated by National Geographic5.0 - ExcellentWritten on March 31, 2020Guides were great along with the variety of activities available and the people you meet on tour. Will definitely do a South Island trip in the future. Great th…Read moreFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewThanks for the review Rachel, pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip. We look forward to seeing you on board touring the South Island with us sometime soon :)
- NANancyGrand Traverse (from Auckland) - 15 Days3.0 - AverageWritten on March 20, 2020New Zealand is beautiful and energizing and the people we met were just great on the tour. There were many highlights to applaud but I want to point out that so…Read moreFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewThank you for your review Nancy. The farm stay is a highlight for many as they love it's rustic and remote charm. Sam and Janelle indeed do a wonderful job as do all of the team. We do include many things on our trips but items just as skydiving etc will always be optional and up to each individual to choose as to their wants and budgets. All the best Nancy in these difficult and challenging times ahead we are all facing with Covid-19.
- GSGordonNorthern Wanderer from Auckland - top rated by National Geographic5.0 - ExcellentWritten on March 17, 2020This was a great trip, exactly as it was advertised. The tour guide Janelle and the bus operator were great hosts and fun to be around. If you are seeking a dif…Read moreFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewThanks for the great review Gordon and so pleased you loved your trip :)
- NadineBeach It from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic5.0 - ExcellentWritten on March 13, 2020This tour surpassed my expectations. It driver and guide were great. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a great group that gelled from the start and mixed re…Read moreFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewThanks so much for the review Nadine and so pleased you loved your tour. :)
- MRMartinSouthern Light from Christchurch - Top rated by National Geographic4.0 - GoodWritten on March 11, 2020It was a great trip but the previous rains prevented us from doing some activities that we were planning to do.Flying Kiwi commented on this reviewThanks so much for the 4 star review Martin. We are sorry you were a bit unlucky with the weather but great to hear you still had a great trip.
- CraigSouthern Light from Picton - Top rated by National Geographic5.0 - ExcellentWritten on March 11, 2020Such a good experience never forgottenFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewThanks Craig and so pleased you enjoyed the experience.
- MWmarthaNorthern Light from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic3.0 - AverageWritten on March 11, 2020way way too rushed. NO time for farewells on final morning, especially when breakfast being packed in bus at 6:45....NO TIME TO EAT the breakfast we paid for. …Read moreFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewThanks for the feedback Martha and we are sorry to see you felt rushed on that last day but pleased you enjoyed the rest of the North Island. We are very concerned about your comments of not having time to eat as mealtimes are a fun and integral part of all our trips. The last 2 days we do cover more kms than many other days but this is broken up into sectors. Its worth mentioning that many tours do the whole country in 21-24 days so our route at 28 days involves less driving than most. As you mentioned we arrive after dark as we took the time to enjoy a wonderful dinner by the beach first. Our guides also provided a FREE upgrade to a lodge instead of camping so there was no setting up required. It is an early start the final morning with breakfast laid out 30 mins before we head off so everyone can help themselves - we are really sorry if for any reason you missed this. All feedback goes into our training and guide processes so we will do whatever possible to make sure this very unusual occurence cant be repeated.
- AMAleksandraGrand Traverse (from Auckland) - 15 Days5.0 - ExcellentWritten on February 29, 2020Excellent. I am very happy about every aspect of this trip. The only suggestion for change is about the long hours and lack of days off for the bus driver and o…Read moreFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewHi Aleksandra, thank you for your review it's great to hear you enjoyed your trip. Drivers and guides at times choose to work additional days during the busy season but don't worry we always ensure their work hours fall within the legal logbook rest/work hours required. Theirs and your health and safety is at all times our top consideration. Thanks again and hopefully we'll see you back on board one day. Regards the Flying Kiwi team.
- LGLisaWild West from Queenstown - Top rated by National Geographic5.0 - ExcellentWritten on February 27, 2020Fantastic Tour! Great guides, good food, new friends, and beautiful outdoor experienceFlying Kiwi commented on this reviewWonderful! Great to hear, thanks for the review Lisa :)
- AKAndreasOverland Explorer - Top rated by National Geographic4.0 - GoodWritten on February 25, 2020Definitely worth doing it!Flying Kiwi commented on this reviewThank you Andreas, we're pleased you enjoyed your trip :)
Flying Kiwi Tours
- Ultimate Explorer (28 days) from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic 28 daysStarts AucklandEnds Auckland$3,295 $2,471-25%
- Grand Traverse (from Auckland) - 15 Days 15 daysStarts AucklandEnds Queenstown$2,343 $1,757-25%
- Northern Light from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic 5 daysStarts AucklandEnds Wellington$855 $641-25%
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Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
How much personal spending money should I bring?
As a general rule, it comes out at around NZD$30 per day, depending on the person. Things like meals, accommodation and transport along some free activities are included.
There are optional activities you will need to budget for as well as some meals which are not included in the itinerary.
What is a bush camp?
A bush camp is a campsite usually in a remote or wilderness location. They have limited facilities, usually just a long-drop toilet with a great view!!
Is there mobile phone coverage?
Most of our north island camps have network coverage available. For approximately ½ of the camps in the south island there is no network coverage. As this is an outdoor trip, please respect that some of our passengers have come to escape the rat-race and keep your phones on silent or give yourself a break and turn-off your phone for a few days you never know what you might hear instead.
Where can I charge my camera, phone, batteries, i-pod or MP3 player?
These are regularly available at the commercial campgrounds and some of the buses are also able to charge some of the appliances.
Are activities included in the price?
There are walks each day which are free. Bike rides are also free as long as you have hired a bike. All other optional activities have an associated cost. These can be found on the activities section of the website or in our activity guide on board the bus. Apart from the Routeburn walk and Dolphin Swimm in Kaikoura, these do not need to be booked in advance. Your driver/guide will give you the low-down the night before of what is coming up the next day and you just need to let them know what you would like to do, they take care of everything after that.
I’m a vegetarian or have other dietary requirements – is that a problem?
No problem at all, we are used to catering for all kinds of dietary requirements and as we cook for ourselves we can easily accommodate your needs. Just let us know when you book.
What does the tour leader/assistant do?
Your tour leader/assistant are there to provide you with a wealth of knowledge about New Zealand – history, culture, and trivia as well as recommending and booking activities, doing the shopping and helping with the cooking, and getting you from A to B each day. They are walking guidebooks always there to help and entertain! Please be gentle with them – good guides are hard to find.
It’s Summer. Do I really need thermals and a fleece?
Yes! We can experience extreme weather even in the summer.
What footwear do we need?
You’ll need to bring a decent pair of comfortable footwear, that you can walk in comfortably, trainers are ideal. Hiking boots are good but not essential. It is also good to bring a pair of flip-flops, sandals or thongs (depending on whether you speak NZ English, Oz English or just English) for the camp showers.
Is the Interisland ferry included and how much does it cost?
The Interisland ferry is included on trips that traverse both islands, the Ultimate Explorer, Grand and Reverse Traverse. The other trips it is not included but Flying Kiwi can book this for you, you just need to contact the office.