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History Of Kiwi Experience

Legendary bus tours started by 3 Kiwi Guys in 1989


1997 Kiwi ExperienceWhen three Kiwi guys returned home, they started to see their backyard differently. For years they had been exploring the globe and, like all Kiwis, they proudly and passionately told anyone that would listen about their beloved home New Zealand.


Upon returning to New Zealand, they knew there was a better way of showcasing New Zealand to travellers. Here began the dream of providing flexible bus travel for independent travellers to explore New Zealand. Not structured tours but unique trips, linking New Zealand's scenic and adventure attractions together. With enough time to stop and take it all in, sharing the best-kept secrets and giving travellers a chance to experience the best of New Zealand.


In December 1988, along with "Gryo", the dog, the brains behind the operation, the foundation of Kiwi Experience was laid. Fast Forward to 28 October 1989, with a full bus of travellers, the first

Kiwi Experience trip departed to explore New Zealand. 


Early years Kiwi Experience The legend of Kiwi had begun, word of mouth quickly spread, and the accolades rolled in. Hop-on- Hop-off bus travel had been invented, and travellers from all over the world loved it. Cementing  Kiwi Experience's place as a New Zealand tourism icon for years to come.


The rest, as they say, is history. Today, the Kiwi Experience team continues to be made up of many proud and passionate travellers from all corners of the globe. We have grown significantly over our 30-plus years, welcoming over 500,000 travellers who have boarded the Kiwi Experience bus to craft their own Kiwi Experience. Today Kiwi Experience offers our customers multiple travel styles, including hop-on hop-off flexible travel, Small Group ToursPrivate Tours and Snow packages.


Despite growing and growing up and battening down the hatches through a Global Pandemic (thanks to COVID), we have retained the original vision of showcasing New Zealand to every traveller. Offering mind-blowing experiences – must-see iconic spots, unique hidden experiences off the tourist trail, and immersing travellers in New Zealand culture.


Kiwi Experience is New Zealand's original and BEST tour network. We're damn proud to be different and damn proud to show you our backyard, New Zealand, your way. Whether you are jumping out of an aeroplane, experiencing a pōwhiri, or simply lying on a beach reading your favourite book, we'll make it happen, we'll make it fun, and most of all, we'll make it unforgettable.


This is our Kiwi Experience story. We can't wait to hear yours.




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