Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours

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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

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North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland

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Maria Massalitina's avatar

Maria Massalitina

Ukraine

Ranking: 10/10

I must admit that I was blessed to experience NZ with Flying Kiwi team.

This was my 1st trip alone to such a distant place, and guys supported me a lot even at preparing stage of my traveling, always nice and helping.
And already in NZ it was an amazing month! Our driver Terry and guides Nga and two Dions were always supporting. These guys showed their best in helping our group in so many different situations, always staying positive and open-minded.

I strongly recommend Ultimate Explorer Tour - it gave me amazing opportunities discovering not only new country and outstanding Nature. I discovered myself in this tour.

Tracking, camping, beautiful places, volcanoes, mountains, rivers, lakes and oceans, ancient huge trees, swimming with dolphins and etc., and etc - this place is unique! And Flying Kiwi developed this tour in such a way, that every participant of our group could find something special while traveling this tour, for it was rich on various activities, and diversity of places gave us non-stop flow of impressions. And these impressions are life-long. It is true for it has passed more than 7 years already - and that experience still keeps me smiling happily.

I will definitely say YES! to next opportunity of experiencing this marvelous place of our planet with Flying Kiwi! :)

I can write a huuuge essay about particular spots and stories, meeting people from all-over the world, sharing beauty and simplicity. ))
So to be short - it's a magical place with fantastic tour operator worth experiencing, no doubts!

Thank you, guys!
Greetings from Kiev

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2008

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks so much for the kind words Maria :)

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David Ford

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Surprised to read that some one had a bad trip. I did the Ultimate Explorer in March 2015 and it was great. The driver and guide gave lots of information and really led the tour well. The places visited were varied and great; you get a good overview of the country. There are lots of optional activities which you can do, or not do, depending on what you like. Flying Kiwi was recommended to me and I have already recommended it to others.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2015

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks David and we were also very surprised (certainly the exception). Glad to hear you had a great time though and hopefully we will be taking some of your friends soon too.

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Dee McC

Ireland

Ranking: 3/10

I was quite disappointed by this tour, as were a lot of the people in my group. There was a world of difference between what I thought I was paying for and what I got. There were no guided hikes or cycles – so no guides telling you fascinating things about the countryside as you walk through it, no info on the geology of mountains as you climb them, no stories about Maori culture or customs, very little local colour at all. Each time we arrived in an area a guide would read out a single paragraph about the place, tell us how long our walk or cycle would take and then stay on the bus while we headed off. For me, a good tour involves hearing those unique stories that bring the countryside to life and stay with you long after you leave a place.

My second issue with the tour is the massive focus on spending extra money on outside activities. Although the itinerary does mention that most activities have an extra cost, the marketing doesn’t differentiate between photos taken of tour-only activities, and photos taken by travellers who have paid an extra $100-400 per activity to hike a glacier, kayak in the sea etc. So you see the images and think about the amazing things you’ll see and do when the reality is that unless you’re rich you’ll do some hikes, cycle along a few roads and get a dip in the sea if it’s warm enough.

New Zealand is a beautiful country, but the weather was cold and wet for a lot of the tour I did (April 2015). If you can’t see the Southern Alps because they’re hidden under low-lying clouds, if it’s too wet to walk on the beach for long, and if it’s dark by the time you get to camp each night then it’s important that the guides have enough stories and sense of fun to inject some entertainment into proceedings. Which just wasn’t the case on this tour.

I’ve never before felt compelled to leave a review online, but I picked Flying Kiwi largely due to its great reviews, which I don’t think properly reflect the reality.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

We are very disappointed & surprised to hear your tour didn’t match expectations. We pride ourselves on our levels of client satisfaction & take all feedback seriously.
This season 99.4% of passengers stated they would recommend us to a friend. Overall ratings were excellent & the tour guides were the top element. We strive for 100% satisfaction & continue to work hard so that every passenger gets the best trip possible.
We have looked into all your trip & would like to make the following comments (wordcount limits have restricted us slightly):
- We emailed you after the comments were received as this is very inconsistent with passengers usual feedback. We outline how our tour works on the site & in pre-trip information but it appears much of this has been missed – we’ve taken steps to make things even clearer.
- We did note on the feedback form you filled out you rated 16/20 elements as good/excellent & no ratings were below average.
- The photo gallery for your trip has 17 pics. 5 are paid optional activities & the rest are free. We think this fairly represents the highlights/activities available. We are updating all galleries.
- The activity prices for your trip start at $20. Over half the activities cost less than $200 & there are always free alternatives. The higher prices are once in a lifetime activities such as skydiving.
- There are a number of free/included activities on this tour, all listed on the site/emailed pre-trip.
- We arrived into camp when it was getting dark on 3 nights of your 8 day trip (due to 1 passengers delayed flight, 1 passenger overrunning on activity, 1 night we arrive a little later as we fill the day with activities). On a 28-day tour we only arrive later on a couple of nights as we balance this with action-packed days. We have additional lighting.

If you love the outdoors & travelling with a group Flying Kiwi is the perfect fit.

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Daniel Krýcha

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Trip of a lifetime - beautiful country, exciting outdoor activities, great people on the tour and absolutely amazing guides!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks Daniel - so pleased to hear you loved the trip

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Heather Boucher

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

My two week adventure with Flying Kiwi well exceeded any expectations I had when I booked it in the fall! The country of New Zealand of course is stunningly beautiful and our amazing guides Tom & Kim did an absolutely amazing job of showing us around! The grand traverse tour was wonderfully put together with a great mix of city and middle-of-nowhere visits, beautifully warm beaches and cold ridiculously blue glacier lakes. The guides and the country of New Zealand in all its beauty encouraged us to go up & over mountains to see what was on the other side...and it never disappointed! Great guides, great camping locations, great upgrades, great food, great fun and best of all, great friends. I know I'll be travelling with Flying Kiwi again and running into the friends I've made on the tour again! In their countries or mine or somewhere new! I highly recommend this company and their tours to any and everyone who likes to get out and see, touch and smell a country!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Look forward to showing you more of the country Heather

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Homer Chiu

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Did the Summer Blast tour in South Island with Flying Kiwi in Feb 2015 and boy was it amazing! It was a well planned tour that covered lots of great spots and they didn't make it feel rushed too! Big thumbs up for our guide and driver, Silvia and Dennis, who did an excellent job looking after us making this trip extra special for us!

What sets the Flying Kiwi apart from its competitions is that they don’t give you a tour, they give you an experience. The whole time I was with them I felt like going on an adventure with a bunch of friends. This is something you cannot get from other tour companies.

Keep up the good work guys!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2015

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks Homer - you are right - its all about the experience :)

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Courtney Fultz

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Hello! I went on the Southern Lights tour, starting in April 2015. Even though it was the last tour of the season, Kim & Tom (tour guides) were full of energy as if the season was kicking off. The atmosphere was delightful. I truly enjoyed the outdoors and experiencing NZ while travelling with Flying Kiwi :) The hiking was fun, especially the Routeburn Track! Rain or shine...it's a must while you're in NZ. You'll have plenty of opportunities for amazing pictures, chill evenings while cooking with new friends, and new adrenaline rushes.
I will definitely be visiting NZ again and will travel with The Flying Kiwi!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks Courtney and look forward to seeing you again :)

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Renee Lance

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was an amazing trip through some of the most beautiful terrain I've ever seen. Sharing the experiences with other people from all over the world was very special. Sarah was very efficient in getting us signed up for activities and organizing the cooking, and Colin kept us entertained while driving the bus and doing the myriad of duties required to keep the operation moving smoothly.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2015

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks Renee and will pass your comments on to Colin and Sarah - great guides indeed

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Manuela Kohler

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Ultimate explorer with Shannon & Tommy and had the best time.They are extremely passionate about showing New Zealand.
The places we went to were stunning. The optional activities were very well organised and often unforgettable experiences such as dolphin swimming or the Milford Sound cruise. The campsites are located at stunning places and the food is really good too. I recommend the Flying Kiwi Tours no questions asked!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks Manuela - so pleased you enjoyed it

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Dale Askew

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Our tour guide had so much energy and was super efficient. It was an experience of a lifetime, living in the natural environment and appreciating the natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer. I've made some good friends and memories I'll never forget

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

Thanks Dale - glad you enjoyed our outdoor playground :)

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Raima Svoboda

United States

Ranking: 10/10

There's so much to see and do in New Zealand. When you can't do it all, Flying Kiwi offers a way to experience a taste of the best the country has to offer!

I traveled as a single and was so impressed with the knowledge, experience and fun the guides gave and with the people I met. Hands down the best decision I made in the 6 weeks of travel I did between NZ and Australia was to go with Flying Kiwi.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks Raima and glad you got to experience the best of it :)

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Angela Paterson

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

An awesome experience and a great way to experience and see the country. Food was excellent and optional activities were well organised for us.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks so much Angela - glad you enjoyed it

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Laura G

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I had the most amazing trip in the South Island with flying kiwi! Honestly one of the best weeks and the camping experience along with the outdoor focus and EXCEPTIONAL guides (a massive thanks to Tom and Kim) and wonderful people made my experience so memorable! The activities, camp sites, the food, the places we were able to see were absolutely incredible! I cannot recommend this tour enough!!!! Thank you for making my trip to New Zealand what it was! Laura G from Australia.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours responds:

thanks Laura - i know we are biased but our guides are EXCEPTIONAL! :)