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Flexible Fully Guided North Island Bus Pass- Auckland to Wellington Return

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USD 404.54
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What to Expect
Main Pick-up point:

The Oakleys shop at 99 Queen Street, Auckland 8:50am

Includes pick up for Nomads, Queen Street Backpackers and Fat Camel

AUCKLAND TO HOT WATER BEACH  We head out of the City of Sails towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove. We then carry on to Hot Water Beach where you can hit the beach with your shovel at low tide to dig your own hot pool in the sand. 

HOT WATER BEACH TO WAITOMO Next it’s onto Waitomo where you will get the chance to visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here is your chance to go underground and experience one of our top rated NZ activities with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

WAITOMO TO ROTORUA We start the day heading off toward Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. Along the way we will stop at The Shires Rest where you can take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. Tonight, don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae. You will experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert.

ROTORUA TO TAUPO  Taupo is rightly known as the adventure capital of the North Island. Sign up here for the Tongariro Crossing and Barbary Sailing on the stunning Great Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s largest lake).

FREE DAY IN TAUPO Get up before the sun and hike one of New Zealand’s great walks. The Tongariro Crossing is an experience not to be missed! Home to Mt Doom in Tolkien’s world, the scenery is sure to blow you away on this 8 hour hike. Alternatively, enjoy a sleep-in and experience one of the many activities on offer.

TAUPO TO RIVER VALLEY Today we head south around the “great lake”. In the afternoon we travel through to River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush- clad hills. The lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic horse riding, and stunning surroundings. Spend the evening enjoying a delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire. 

RIVER VALLEY TO WELLINGTON We head away late after a morning of white water rafting or horse riding, and head through the rolling hills full of deer, cattle and sheep. We arrive into New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, in the early evening. This city is New Zealand’s undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife.

WELLINGTON TO TAUPO The drive today has beautiful rivers and lakes as well as Lord of the Rings landscapes!

TAUPO TO AUCKLAND (VIA ROTORUA) This morning we head further north to Rotorua, renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. We stop at Kiwi Encounter, where you can get up close and personal with our national icon – the Kiwi bird.Then it’s onwards through the rolling countryside to Auckland, otherwise known as the ‘City of Sails’. 
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Important Information
Departure Point
• The Oakleys shop at 99 Queen Street
Departure Time
Main Pick-up point- Auckland:
  • The Oakleys shop at 99 Queen Street 8:50am
Includes pick up for Nomads, Queen Street Backpackers and Fat Camel

Other Pick-up points:
  • Uni Otago House, bus stop at 385 Queen Street 8:30am
Includes YHA Auckland International and YHA Auckland City

  • Base ACB, bus stop at 229 Queen Street outside Westpac Bank 8:40am
Includes pick up for Albert Park Backpackers and Frienz

  • Kiwi Experience Office, 85 Beach Road 9:00am

*Each overnight location has a different departure time. Your driver guide will inform you of the time each day.
7 days
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guaranteed Accommodation (Paid for on arrival at accommodation)
  • Guaranteed bookings on activities (Activities not included in price, can be booked on bus with driver guide)
  • Daily walks and photo stops
  • Daily cafe/supermarket breaks
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
We were sold the Kiwi Experience North Island pass by estate agents STA. What we expected was a flexible hop-on hop-off buss pass to get to the places we needed to go. Instead the whole thing felt like a rigid and in-flexible bus tour. I'm sure this works fine for some people.
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Response from KiwiExperience, Manager at Flexible Fully Guided North Island Bus Pass- Auckland to Wellington Return
Responded 30 Apr. 2019
Kia Ora Tim, thanks for taking the time to leave a detailed review. I am sorry to hear that the trip did not live up to your expectations. I have passed your feedback on to our Operations Team to discuss at our annual review in the next few weeks. I hope you enjoyed your time in New Zealand despite this. Cheers.
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Loved it ! I was very nervous about exploring new zealand by myself. One of my friend told me about kiwi experience and how he really liked his trip with them, so I gave it a go. NO REGRET ! I had the best time ever, i met a lot of friends on the bus and my driver, Cuddles, was
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Response from KiwiExperience, Customer Experience at Flexible Fully Guided North Island Bus Pass- Auckland to Wellington Return
Responded 30 Jan. 2019
Thanks for the 5 stars Krystha, so glad to hear that you had the best time. I will be sure to pass on the shout out to Cuddles.
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Kiwi Experience
Nanna E
Bookings automatically removed even though we did as our driver advised - no help from kiwi experience
We are travelling with kiwi experience but were held up in Taupo for an extra night because the Tongariro crossing
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Amazing for solo travel and tonnes of awesome activities
I started with Dave in Christchurch and it was a bit rocky because I was at an alternative stop and the bus was
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Veronique Hauacker
Amazing vacations
No stress, no headache to find a room, relaxing in the bus, excellent driver and guide, very good condition buses
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Josh S
I’ve never so in love with a country right away then I have with New Zealand and this is in big part thanks to
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Sam Baker
United Kingdom
Driver Jason is the Man!!
Kia Ora, My time on the Kiwi Experience has been unbelievably amazing, with today being our penultimate day as we
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Tired traveller
Fantastic service
I want to share how happy our group was with Kiwi Experience. We had a tour group of two buses with families and
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Harry G
10/10 Kiwi Experience!
The Kiwi experience was amazing, we had Guy as our driver and we could not have got a better guide. Every trip he
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Denise D
Intercity bus travel
What a great trip excellent bus driver commentary and helpful advice. Super comfortable and wonderful way to see
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Nikki 🌸
No single word can sum up how great this trip has been!
I flew up from Queenstown to Auckland to jump on the kiwi experience not knowing it was going to be the trip of a
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Absolutely terrible!
Sat on a bus for 6-8hours a day. The "price guarantee" is crap!! I got to every hostel, got told the "kiwi
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Key Details
  • Kiwi Experience
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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