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Buzzy Bee

Start: Auckland
Finish: Queenstown

Starting in Auckland, the Buzzy Bee winds its way down the North Island, cruises down the West Coast of the South Island then finishes up in Queenstown.

Being a one-way pass it can be done in a minimum 16 days in the summer which is great if you want to see a lot, but don’t have a lot of time.

Don’t let that stop you though – if you have got more time you can hop-on, hop-off along the way and like all our New Zealand bus passes you’ve got 12 months to complete your trip.

  • Start Auckland, finish Queenstown
  • Minimum of 16 days travel
  • Unlimited travel*
  • Valid for 12 months from date of purchase
  • Additional 12 months to complete the pass when you start travelling
  • Change travel dates as many times as you like with no fees
  • Reserved accommodation at every overnight stop - guaranteed.
  • Best Price Guarantee on activities
  • Flexible, easy, stress free travel with like-minded travellers
  • Legendary local Driver Guides

 *T&C's apply

Give us a call to secure your spot with a 10% deposit.

 
 

NZ $725

Auckland to Hot Water Beach

Departing Auckland we head south-east to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and the world-famous Cathedral Cove (included). Here you have the option to kayak around this stunning coastline (optional activity) as well as the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach (included); a unique surf beach where if you catch the tide right, you can dig a hole in the sand to create your own personal spa pool.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park (not included)

Experiences

  • Cathedral Cove walk (free)
  • Hot Water Beach (free)
  • Cathedral Cove Kayaking

Hot Water Beach to Waitomo

Leaving the gorgeous Coromandel behind we’ll venture into the enchanting Karangahake Gorge nestled among the Kaimai Ranges, for a hike (included) amongst the walkways and old mining tunnels. If that isn’t enough fun for one day, then never fear, next we’ll be heading over to Waitomo ('wai' meaning water, 'tomo' meaning hole) for a magical tour of the world-famous glow-worm caves. For those feeling a little more adventurous, you will have the opportunity to experience a Black Water Rafting trip.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Waitomo Homestead Cabins (not included)

Experiences

  • Karangahake Gorge Walk (free)
  • Waitomo Glowworm caves
  • Black Water Rafting - Labyrinth
  • Black Water Rafting - Abyss

Waitomo to Rotorua

We start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve and say goodbye to those glowing little critters. Next, we'll pass through The Shire of Hobbiton where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton Movie Set (optional activity) before rolling on through to Rotorua; a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers and natural hot springs. Optional activities (which are not included) are luging down the SkyLine, White Water Rafting, Hells Gate, Mountain biking through the RedwoodsZorb, Wai-o-tapu, Polynesian Spa or National Kiwi Hatchery.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Tamaki Maori Village (not included)
  • Base Rotorua (not included)

Experiences

  • Ruakuri Bushwalk (free)
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Tamaki Maori Village evening show
  • Tamaki Maori Village evening show & overnight stay
  • Skyline Gondola and Luge

Rotorua to Taupo

If you haven't had a chance yet to explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, we will check it out this morning before heading onto Great Lake Taupo, taking in a walk to the pounding Huka Falls (included). In Taupo there is lots to do, just tell us what you’re in the mood for and we’ll get you there. The lake itself (actually an extinct volcano crater) is a sight to behold from the shoreline (included), but the more adventurous might want to take the opportunity to experience optional activities such as sail across the lake on a yacht to the Māori rock carvings, or even get a birds-eye view by skydiving above it.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Base Taupo (not included)

Experiences

  • Te Puia Geothermal wonderland
  • Huka Falls (free)
  • Skydive Taupo
  • Sail Barbary Cruise

Taupo free day

Taupo’s central location means it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from other world-class activities which we give you the option to experience on this free day. Head up the Sky Waka (extra activity) to experience Mount Ruapehu or hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (extra activity); a dramatic landscape of stunning contrasts created by extinguished lava flows and emerald lakes. It’s no surprise Tongariro is often described as one of New Zealand’s best one-day hikes. 

Reserved Accommodation

  • Base Taupo (not included)

Experiences

  • Tongariro Crossing shuttle bus
  • Skydive Taupo

Taupo to River Valley

We head south around the “great lake” towards the Tongariro National Park for a picnic lunch and a two-hour walk through native bush and waterfalls. In the afternoon we travel through to the ultimate adventure lodge - River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-clad hills. The lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic horse riding and an amazing dinner with homegrown produce. Spend the evening enjoying the delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire.

Reserved Accommodation

  • River Valley Lodge (not included)

Experiences

  • Taranaki falls walk in Tongariro National Park (free)
  • River Valley Rafting
  • River Valley Horse Riding

River Valley to Wellington

We head away late after a morning white water raft or horse ride and head through the rolling hills full of deer, cattle and sheep. We arrive in Wellington late in the afternoon. This city is the undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife. Here you can experience Mount Victoria (included) and then passengers have the opportunity to experience the national museum, Te Papa and get amongst the thriving craft beer scene.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Base Wellington (not included)

Experiences

  • Mount Victoria lookout (free)
  • Te Papa museum (free)
  • Cuba street nightlife (free)
  • Weta Studio tour
  • Zealandia

Wellington to Abel Tasman

We take the Interislander ferry across to the South Island through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. Travel through vineyards to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city, then on to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into Abel Tasman National Park, or see it all from above by jumping out of a plane!

Reserved Accommodation

  • Kaiteri Lodge (not included)

Experiences

  • Interislander ferry
  • Abel Tasman skydive

Abel Tasman to Westport

Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to one of the bays in the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest. This afternoon we stop at the iconic Nelson Lakes, so you can get your legendary wharf jumping shot before hitting surf town Westport.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Bazils Hostel and Surf School (not included)

Experiences

  • Nelson Lakes (free)
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Westport to Lake Mahinapua

Today we start our journey down spectacular State Highway 6, that stretches 435 kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline. The road winds through a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze. Highlights today include the Cape Foulwind seal colony walk, rugged beaches, and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Tonight's unique accommodation is a chance to enjoy a delicious group meal and bond with your bus mates. For those wanting something a little more special to take home with them; passengers can carve their own greenstone necklaces (pounamu).

Reserved Accommodation

  • Lake Mahinapua Hotel (not included)

Experiences

  • Cape Foulwind Seal Colony walk (free)
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks (free)
  • Green stone carving
  • Fancy dress party night

Lake Mahinapua to Franz Josef

After breakfast at Lake Mahinapua, we hit the road on our way to Franz Josef. Franz Josef is the northern gateway to Te Wahipounamu, the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage area. The region includes Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland Tai Poutini, Mount Aspiring, the Fiordland National Parks, and surrounding conservation lands. We factor in a free day in Franz Josef so that you can get out there and experience what Franz Josef has to offer. It’s a wicked spot and whatever you get out and do, you will be blown away by the views of the glacier and Alps.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Rainforest Retreat (not included)

Experiences

  • Franz Josef Glacier walk (free)
  • Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef (Extra Day)

Today we have a free day in Franz Josef where you have the opportunity to experience a Heli-Hike to New Zealand’s most famous  Franz Josef Glacier or you can explore this lush corner of New Zealand (for free) on foot; hitting up the many walking trails in the area. 

Reserved Accommodation

  • Rainforest Retreat (not included)

Experiences

  • Franz Josef Glacier walk (free)
  • Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef to Wanaka

We start out early in order to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. We then cruise down the last stretch of Highway 6, stopping at popular scenic spots along the way. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the afternoon.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Base Wanaka (not included)

Experiences

  • That Wanaka Tree (free)
  • Lake Matheson Lake Walk (free)
  • Mount Iron walk (free)
  • Roys Peak (free)

Wanaka to Queenstown

Before we leave Wanaka get your brain working at Puzzling World and then its on to the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. Only the brave will sign themselves up for this iconic New Zealand activity. On arrival in Queenstown, we will head down to the spectacular waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew!

Reserved Accommodation

  • Nomads Queenstown (not included)

Experiences

  • Puzzling World
  • Mount Iron walk (free)
  • Kawarau Bridge Bungy
  • Queenstown Bar Crawl and nightlife

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