What should I bring to New Zealand?How do I get from the airport to the city?How much money do I need?What’s the climate like?What’s New Zealand food like?What is New Zealand’s terrain like?Is New Zealand a safe place?Does New Zealand have any dangerous animals?Is it safe to hitch-hike?What about accommodation?How do I work in New Zealand?How do Kiwi Experience passes work?
All of your worldly possessions… just kidding! Check out what to bring to get an idea of how full your bags should be
New Zealand currently has three International Airports: Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. Buses or shuttles are always the cheapest transport, and there are plenty of taxis available too. In Auckland we suggest you catch the Airbus Express for a quick ride into town and back again.
It depends on what kind of holiday you want! For more info on how much things cost, check out our money tips
It’s sunny and wonderful all year round, except for when it snows on the mountains making it awesome for skiing. Well, that’s what we tell people. Read more about our climate here.
Yum! As a multicultural country you’ll be able to find all kinds of food including vegetarian and other unique dietary requirements. Every New Zealand town has a range of grocery stores and fresh produce direct from the farms, orchards and sea. Each sector of our route also includes regular food and supermarket stops to stock up on supplies. In the end it’s up to you how you eat whether it be cheap feeds or splashing out on one of New Zealand’s many fantastic restaurants (don’t forget to try our world famous wine while you’re here). This is of course also the huge number NZ treats that revolve around sugar and sweets: Pineapple Lumps, Pavlova, Hokey Pokey icecream, and Jaffas.
New Zealand is a long skinny country of great contrasts. There are gorgeous beaches rising all the way to spectacular mountains like Mt Cook at 3754m above sea level. We have 2 main islands: the North Island and the South Island with many hundreds more like Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, White Island, and Rangitoto Island. The Cook Straight, separates the two major islands. When you travel on Kiwi Experience you’ll get the choice of jumping on one of the big Cook Straight ferries which takes you through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, or taking a scenic flight overtop. For more terrain information please see the terrain view on our Interactive New Zealand map.
New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, with a low crime rate, low war threat, few endemic diseases and an excellent healthcare system. However we still recommend you observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions as you would in any other country, or at home (travel insurance is a good start). If something goes wrong when travelling with Kiwi Experience please notify your driver and stay in the safety in numbers. For more information please visit the New Zealand police website www.police.govt.nz
New Zealand is very lucky that we don’t have any deadly animals like our neighbours in Australia. There is the odd curious shark, but our spiders are lame and we don’t even have snakes!
Despite the friendly Kiwi nature we strongly advise against hitch-hiking. It just makes sense to eliminate any possible risk.
There are so many options for accommodation, and lots of discounts through Kiwi Experience! We’ve dedicated a whole section to it here
Working in New Zealand is an option for those who want a gap year or a working holiday. Check out more information about a working holiday in NZ here
For all the info you need, check out our specific FAQ’s relating to our passes.
"Kiwi Experience was by far the greatest adventure we have undertaken. So many amazing things to see, to do, people to meet. We had a ball!!"Simone Weidner, Australia
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