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Kiwi Experience – Everything You Need to Know

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At RatPack we love abit of New Zealand and absolutely everything it has to offer, it’s THE home of adrenalin, beaut scenery – we’re talking lakes, mountains, glaciers and it’s THE spot for the adventurous and the explorers! Sammy boy spent 2 years bouncing around NZ and has seen so much of both the North & South Island and lived in the epic Raglan…. {epic little chill surf town make sure you get it on the list – yewww}

If you’re thinking of travelling New Zealand, you’ve may have heard of the Kiwi Experience. It’s a popular option for backpackers who want to hit up the many unreal spots in NZ and the epic activities it has to offer with an epic group of travellers and a driver/guide.

Ready for an adventure?

The Kiwi Experience is an experience like NO other and we love that >>> The Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s most popular backpacker bus company, it’s a combination of transport, trips and destinations and a really EASY way to travel. With so much to see & do in NZ they have a range of different passes to suit everyone and hit different spots & routes. You can even choose your start and end point to suit your itinerary and budget > we can even get all RatPackers 10% off all passes.. EVEN if they are on sale, saving you $ every step of the way.

How do the passes work?

The buses are ‘hop on hop off’ which means you can hop on and off as much as you like along the route, the kiwi experience is not a group tour with a set itinerary, its a bus pass which allows you to hit up the best spots and do any activity you feel like with a group of fellow travellers. You can stay in places for as long or as little as you like, the beauty of the Kiwi Exp is that it’s YOUR trip and you can be flexible if you fall in love with a place {trust us… you will}.


You have a year to use your pass, so if you get stuck in a spot, it’s all good! With all of the passes there are minimum times – so bear this in mind when checking out the passes. The buses are super comfy, modern and you’ll have informative, entertaining commentary, plus heaps of activity discounts, walks and awesome photo opportunities!

Before you go...

  • Decide when you want to go to NZ {FYI – Autumn/Winter runs from March – September & Spring/Summer runs from October – February}


  • Work out how long you want to spend in NZ – we recommend spending at LEAST a month if you want to properly explore both islands


  • Check out all the different passes here, there are SO many different options to suit each explorer and to tick off those bucketlist experiences AKA skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting and more.


  • Not sure which pass? Hit us UP and we can help you for sure, don’t forget that we can also get all RatPackers 10% off any pass even if it’s on sale {all about that money saving… UNO}


  • Once you’ve decided which pass you want, how long you’ll travel for and your start and end point, we’ll get it all sorted for you! The Kiwi Experience will book you on to all your buses and guarantee your first night accommodation in each place. We’ll send you your itinerary and you are G to G {Good to go in RatPack speak}

When you are in NZ...

  • Now all you need to do is arrive in your starting location in one of the pickup hostels and begin the adventure.


  • Your bus driver will be your tour guide, activity organiser and banter provider {what a job title!} whilst you are on the bus this is your GO to person and is there to answer any questions & change your buses.


  • Whilst on the bus, your driver will tell you what epic activities are available at each location, they’ll pass around a clipboard and you’ll be able to sign up – E A S Y.


  • Kick back… enjoy it and make those memories! Don’t forget to get some epic pics and #ratpackroadie to be featured on our instagram.

Our favourite spots in NZ

  • Queenstown
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Taupo
  • Milford Sound
  • Paihia
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Raglan

Our favourite activities in NZ

  • Skydiving in Taupo
  • Bungy Jumping
  • The Nevis Swing >> largest swing in the world UNO
  • Helitour over the Glaciers
  • Hobbiton >> helllooooooo Lord of the Rings
  • Surfing in Raglan
  • White water rafting
What is RatPack Travel

Ready to hit the road?

NZ is FULL of unreal places and activities that are all about throwing yourself out of your comfort zone, into the unknown and having a sick time whilst doing it! Fancy heading out on a NZ adventure on the Kiwi Experience? We can help you with:


  • Choosing a pass that is right for you and your duration of travel
  • Securing you with EPIC discounts on the passes
  • Planning your Aussie and NZ travels
  • Extra discounts when the passes are on sale!

Lets goooooooo

Chat to our Team

We operate a 24/7 service across multiple time zones. Our RatPackers have all been there and done it! Get the ball rolling on your upcoming trip. Send over your rough travel plans (including your flight details / dates). If you are yet to book a flight and seeking advice – HIT US UP ↡

And there you have it RatPackers everything you need to know about travelling on the Kiwi Experience bus around New Zealand, an UNREAL experience to explore one of our favourite countries in the WORLD…

Yewww.. enjoy the experience RatPackers


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