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Flying kiwi is the best way to experience the outdoor beauty and excitement of NZ. These trips offer more national parks, more activities, more hikes and more bike rides than any other operator with accommodation by lakes, mountains & oceans.

Flying Kiwi is the ONLY New Zealand
company to be listed in National
Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel
Companies on Earth" and the 2010,
2011 & 2012 World Travel Awards.

Here are some reasons why:
- flexible trips range from 3-28 days
- options to take extended breaks
- bikes, hikes or activity options
everyday
- unbeatable value
- tasty and healthy meals included
- amazing locations for accommodation
- discover NZ's best National Parks
- Visit UNESCO World heritage sites
- Trek some of NZ's great hikes
- Bike parts of the New Zealand Cycle Trail
- Meet like minded travelers from around
the globe

Explore amazing and unique locations

Explore amazing and unique locations

Enjoy a range of great activtiies

Enjoy a range of great activtiies

Cycle options for all fitness levels everyday

Cycle options for all fitness levels everyday

Try some of New Zealand's best hikes

Try some of New Zealand's best hikes

Email: info@flyingkiwi.com

Website: Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours

Phone: 0800 693 296 (NZ)

Phone (intl): +643 547 0171

Auckland Address:
172 Quay Street, Auckland

Nelson Address:
4a Forests Road, Nelson, Stoke

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Antoine Bordas's avatar

Antoine Bordas

France

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect way of discovering this amazing New Zealand country. Friendly and professional crew, amazing tour of a month: really diversified and well thought

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks so much for the kind words and review Antoine

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Jack Shaked

United States

Ranking: 10/10

As a young bird’s first step out of the nest into the open and wild air is full of trepidation, so was my first step onto the Flying Kiwi bus. In hindsight it is clear that if that bird’s wings went by the name of Tom and Shannon he would have nothing to worry about. He would glide down past glorious beaches, stunning valleys, unique cultural sites, and epic hikes to land safely amongst a campsite and a well cooked dinner.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise, (the two from Natural Born Killers or w/e that movie is called). Tom and Shannon may not have gone out in a blaze of glory (and they did not, I repeat did not, drive our bus off a cliff despite multiple opportunities), but like those eternal pairings, they are a team in every sense of the word. They seamlessly switched off being each other’s support system and handled the many obstacles that inevitably come up with a large group with poise. When a grease fire broke out in a neighboring campsite, threatening to come into ours when the resident pig caught fire, Shannon quickly reminded Tom to use milk instead of water to put the poor animal out. And when a Kiwi Experience group decided to keep us up all night, it was Tom’s idea to play the escaped convict who threatened them into silence and Shannon who supported him by playing the parole officer in pursuit who made it all far too real for the drunk teenagers.

Harmless hijinks aside, Shannon and Tom made the whole experience super fun yet relaxed, exciting yet safe. They had a knack of packing in as much as possible without making the day feel too packed. They were the extremely reliable friends you’ve always wanted but don’t exist in real life. I couldn’t recommend them, and Flying Kiwi, more.

- Jack Shimon Shaked

P.S. I must say my favorite memories from the whole trip were Tom teaching me Maori sign language (who knew you could do the Haka in sign!?) and Shannon doing an interpretive dance set for the whole group to nothing but a track

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks so much for the feedback and your comments on our awesome guides - we love them too :)

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Josh Lawrence

United States

Ranking: 10/10

A little over a year ago, November 2015, I spent two weeks on Flying Kiwi's Grand Traverse Tour. I was solo traveling, and for getting around New Zealand the structure, provided meals and transportation of a tour group seemed appealing, but I was worried a tour group could be *too* rail-roaded, not allowing enough time for exploration, etc. I was advised by someone who had also solo travelled in New Zealand to check out Flying Kiwi, and am very thankful for the advice.

New Zealand has a startling amount of beautiful and varied nature to see, and Flying Kiwi focuses on getting you to it (as well as seeing some big and small towns along the way). At each stop there’s usually the option to go with the group or wander off on your own (just be back to the bus on time). The group we had on the bus was such a excellent collection of fun people, that I ended up going with them most of the time. The locations were superbly chosen, more than I can list here. Some locales have optional add-on activities, like swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura, or even more adventerous like skydiving.

The tour guides Shannon and Tom were excellent - they were knowledgable, always on top of things, great cooks (very important for that meal we help them prepare!) and top of all of that, great fun to be around.

You will often being making a tent to spend the night in (tents are provided but if you have your own favorite tent you can bring that along instead). Two meals a day a covered, the third you get yourself, or eat with the group in a restaurant, in a town we stop in. Each day breakfast is almost always covered, the second covered meal either a big lunch or dinner that you will help prepare sometimes (on a rotating schedule).

I highly recommend Flying Kiwi as a great way to see New Zealand, with the benefit of not having to plan lodging, itinerary, meals, and transportation yourself, while still having enough flexibility to see what you want at your own pace at each stop.

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Great to have you back on the bus and so pleased we matched the awesome experience of your other tour

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Tina Mjn

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I highly recommend the Ultimate Explorer Tour to anyone who is short on time and wants to see as many highlights as possible, but still wants to travel off the beaten track! It is ideal for people who are interested in the great outdoors, love hiking and enjoy camping (there are affordable upgrade options available in case the weather turns bad etc.) Be prepared to get up early most days, as there is plenty to see & do!
With plenty of space in my tent, it was awesome to wake up to bird song & the sun shining through the tent and to feel so close to nature :)
Make sure to read the Flying Kiwi pack list carefully, so you’re always prepared for unforeseen weather changes ;)
The food is good, especially considering that it is a camping trip, and there is always plenty to go round, always fresh & a good mixture of everything :)
I loved the variety of optional activities that NZ & Flying Kiwi has to offer! It is not necessary to compare the prices yourself, because Flying Kiwi always gets you a better deal if you want to do paragliding, white water rafting, sailing and so on!!! :) There are highly adrenalin activities, but also more mellow ones..
All the operators are awesome & the guides will make sure you have the best time! Really liked the insight knowledge about culture & history from the guides, that taught me more about New Zealand!
When searching for tour companies, I found Flying Kiwi is the only company in NZ, which lays its focus so much on adventure, nature & camping and this is why I have decided to give it a shot and get out of my comfort zone, while camping or jumping off the cliff to paraglide! All in all- If you don’t want to be on a drinking party bus with hostel stays, and don’t want to travel alone & see & experience as much as possible then this tour is definitely right for you!

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Great and thanks for the review Tina - describes our trips perfectly

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Varun Udayakumar

Singapore

Ranking: 9/10

My girlfriend and I booked the 5 day tour with Flying Kiwi. We started off in Auckland and finished in Wellington. I'd never been on a group tour before so I was concerned to say the least, not knowing what to expect and who I'll be travelling with. When we eventually got on the bus and met everyone, any concerns I had were gone. Not only were we lucky enough to be travelling with a really friendly/ fun group, Tom and Shan, the tour leaders from Flying Kiwi were fantastic. They always gave us interesting bits of information as we passed something of note. They even talked to us about the history and culture of New Zealand. The activities we had lined up were brilliant, it's just a shame that we had bad weather on the day we planned to skydive. A couple of the activities were a bit too touristy for my liking, but having said that it's something you have to experience and looking back, it was totally worth it. The food was another plus point, those guys really know how to put together a good meal. All in all it was the best holiday I've ever had, an incredible experience which I'd like to repeat very soon. In fact, I've already started planning my tour of the south island with Flying Kiwi. I'm positive that all of Flying Kiwi's guide-teams are just as amazing, but we had an awesome time with Tom and Shan, so if you're considering Flying Kiwi, try to get on one of their tours.

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks for the kind words and yep i can assure you all are guides are amazing and make our trips expectional :) Hope to see you on the south island

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James Theophilus

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome trip! Great people, delicious food, incredible campsites and a fantastic selection of activities. Tom & Shannon were the best tour guides you could ask for and really made the trip! I'd recommend a Flying Kiwi tour to anyone!

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks for the review James and will pass your comments on to the guides.

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MJ

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this tour as I am usually used to traveling alone. But I can honestly say that this was a great experience! The campsites were all very nice, the food was great and the activities were fun! Not once was I ever bored! It didn't feel like an organized tour as we had a lot of free time to do whatever we wanted do. I would definitely recommend this tour company to anyone who is thinking of going to New Zealand and wants to see as much of the country in a short period of time!

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Great MJ and thanks for the tour recommendation

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Alex

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

After having traveled most of New Zealand on our own, my girlfriend and I decided to travel a part of the South Island with Flying Kiwi. We did the Wild West Tour and had an amazing time! Food? Delicious. Campsites? Beautiful. Free-time? Plenty. Activities? Great selection. Would definitely recommend giving these guys a try if you're planning on traveling to New Zealand!

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

So pleased to hear your new zealand tour lived up to expectation. :)

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Jean Judd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a fantastic trip with Flying Kiwi up the West coast, even though we're in our 60's. Every one was friendly. It was well organised, informative, fun, lots to see and do. Food and kit was good. Tom and Shannon were amazing.

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks Jean - will pass your comments on to our great tour guides Tom and Shannon

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Tracee Guibord

United States

Ranking: 10/10

National Geographic called it right in 2009 putting Flying Kiwi on the very select list of, "Best Adventure Companies on Earth." I can't say enough about what a great company this is. I felt I was in ‘good hands’ (very safe) and tons of fun with Kim and Dennis! No worries, lots of fun in a beautiful country full of lovely people – I love NZ!!” The office was superb at communicating and answering any question I had. I was looking for reviews to evaluate if this trip was right for me. I'm a 57 yr old who did most of her camping 26 years ago. So, for those who might feel any concern of being older than most of the travelers.....age didn't matter. I felt so welcome by everyone of all ages. What a great opportunity to meet what will turn out to be very special friends from all over the world of all different ages and do cool things every day. I call it my MOM GAP YEAR.....never heard that term in the US. I'll say, I'm over the tenting for now (it was all part of the fun though) and loved the upgrades but I would absolutely book with Flying Kiwi if they had another adventure in a different country. I understand they have a partner company they recommend and I'll look into it. So many options are offered to customize your trip. I give it a 10....you will too! It truly is as described by FK and more!

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks so much Tracee - really pleased to hear it was such a positive part of your MOM GAP YEAR...hope the rest goes as well.

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Thomas Roehm

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Just back from the Northern Light Tour. Marvelous experience - great mix activities and people, well organized!

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks for the kind words about your tour Thomas

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Cwinsing

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had an awesome 9 day tour of South Island with our two children aged 9 and 12. We had wanted a camping experience eg putting up the tents and sleeping bags; but without having to organise the camping gear and logistics of planning sites to stay at. Flying kiwi had it all organised for us, choosing wonderful sites to stay at, organising cooking rosters - which included the kids. Although we had been told it wasn't a tour which catered for children in particular, our children had a fantastic outdoor adventure (I would say educational too). Our tour leaders Rob and Natalie were a wealth of information and guided us on the activities that our children would be able to participate in. Due to the reasonable amount of free choice time, we chose activities that we thought the kids would like, or adjusted the walks to their capabilities. Most days we had to travel 2-3 hours in the bus but each seat had USB charging stations - so the kids got their screen time too! All in all, the tour exceeded our expectations and we would gladly recommend it to anyone.

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks for the great feedback - you summed up our tours perfectly.

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Darcy Porter

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was my first true international trip, and quite frankly, I am not sure if I will ever take a trip that I enjoy more than this. I did the Grand Traverse Tour, which allowed me experience a good amount of adventures on both islands. I loved the outdoor focus of the trip. If you enjoy hiking and camping, you will love this. I actually had not done much camping in my life prior to the trip, but really loved it. Jono and Beth were awesome tour guides with lots of knowledge on the areas we visited. You also get to travel with people from many different countries, and it is really easy to make friends if you travel by yourself, because many others do the same thing. Oh, and New Zealand itself is absolutely gorgeous. I’d love to come back someday.

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Great to hear your first tour went so well - sure you will have many more amazing ones in the future.