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  • Vicky
    1 contribution
    A fantastic way to get into Akl city from the airport. Easy getting a ticket online, and equally easy getting a ticket on the bus. Driver was friendly and helpful.
    Definitely a stress free method of getting between Akl airport and Akl city. No stops en route which is great.
    Written 28 July 2021
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  • Sunshineswift13
    Swansea, UK55 contributions
    I purchased a kiwi experience pass for a 3.5 week trip around New Zealand as part of a 5.5 month travel trip. Although I did enjoy my time on kiwi experience, I do feel I was misled as to what the trip would entail. Firstly, this is advertised as a hop on hop off bus. This is most certainly NOT the case. When we were sold the trip, it was on the basis that there would be three buses per week. However, when we started our trip we found out that there was only two per week, one on Monday and one on Friday! To be able to get off the bus we would have had to have spent a minimum of 5 nights in a place, really not what we wanted when we only had just under a month for the whole country. However, the problem also arises that by only being able to do the minimum time due to the lack of buses, you end up having loads of time to kill at the end of the trip.

    Secondly, the bus stops in places where you have no choice but to stay in the expensive accommodation they choose, in a location that you generally wouldn’t choose to visit (e.g Westport, Lake Mahinapua, River Valley). Other places such as Wellington, the bus stopped there for literally 14 hours. Dropped you off at 6pm and leaves at 7am the next day, you can’t see anything in that time! We actually had to use the intercity bus and meet back up with the kiwi bus in order to be able to actually see wellington. In all fairness though kiwi did pay for 50% of our extra bus.

    As a backpacker the price of the accommodation was often quite hefty, but there would often be no other alternative cheaper option, so you’re forced to spend money on the Kiwi Accommodation. These places also have no WiFi or if they do have it you have to pay, not ideal if you don’t have a NZ sim. You can’t even look up any alternative accommodation to try and save some money. There is also no WiFi on the bus as is advertised.

    Some of the hostels that you are put in are also sometimes terrible. Kiwi have a partnership with Base Hostels but 99% of them are terrible and more expensive! Pre book somewhere else in advance, you will not regret it!

    The majority of the people on the bus are between 18-20 and mainly want to spend the time drinking, so if you aren’t a big drinker or are 22+ this may not be the bus for you.

    The activities on offer are good, but also VERY expensive. Kiwi do offer some good deals and discounts but the majority of activities are expensive, and there’s generally very little in the way of free options other than the guided walks which in all fairness were very pleasant.

    We made some great friends on the bus who definitely made the trip worthwhile, I’m not sure we would have gotten through it without them!

    Our bus driver for the North Island - Jacob (ducky) was absolutely fantastic and I cannot fault him at all. A really genuinely lovely guy who couldn’t do enough to help us! He made the trip as good as it could be and he was great to be around.

    Our driver on the South Island was friendly, but not as organised as Ducky.

    Overall I wouldn’t personally do this bus tour again, however if you are 18 and want to travel around New Zealand quickly with a lot of cash, then go for it!
    Written 18 August 2019
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  • p31893189
    Bangkok, Thailand121 contributions
    While this is a hop on-hop off bus, while you are traveling with them it is very tour like.The bus brings you to the accommodation, en masse, so you are checking in at the hostel in a group of 50 or more, and going to attractions in the same en masse group. The bus then leaves at a very specific time the next day. The drivers are helpful only if it is information about a current stop. Ask anything extra for which they won't get a cut-back, and they don't know. Additionally, most of the travelers on this bus are 18-22, so if you are older, it is not much fun. We chose it because we wanted to get to the best spots easily, but in the long run, we would have been better off hiring a car. However, one good aspect is that riders with Kiwi get additional discounts off the price of the pricey activities.
    Written 29 March 2016
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  • Lynda M UTTING
    Beerwah, Australia164 contributions
    I'm on a trip over to NZ from QLD - I've used several lnter-City bus services in the three weeks I've been here.
    Mixed reviews re: how much the drivers communicate or if the service has WiFi that actually works(!!)
    The best driver I had was today Tues 5Jul22 - service between Hamilton (dep 9:50am) and Manukau. The male driver spent much time carefully explaining things eg. where to catch the airport shuttle bus etc.
    The double-decker bus from Tauranga to Hamilton on Thurs 30Jun22 advertised FREE WiFi but it didn't work; my seat lights did not function correctly; 6pm the male driver name some unintelligible announcement and forgot to turn off the PA system for 3/4hr(!!!) so we had to put up with a lot of "white noise" all that time!
    And the MAIN complaint is that there are a complete lack of InterCity buses that run from the airport (or even from Manukau) after 11:30am or 1:30pm (on the weekends) - makes it impossible to get anywhere if your plane arrives after midday (which most do)!!! ;-((
    Written 5 July 2022
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