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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
- 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
North Island ▷ Auckland Region ▷ Auckland
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Completed ultimate explorer- I would recommend it on the basis of the itinerary & the range of activities. Good for solo travellers. I would however add multiple caveats/warnings. Some of the selected accommodation/ campsites should be, or possibly has been, condemned. You will spend a longtime on a bus and their buses are cramped and past their sell by date (prone to mechanical faults). Mostly good people but some travelers are solo for a reason (total misfits/oddballs). Most of the tour guides are great but one or two are obstructive and rude.
Ski & Snow Explorer Tour, August 2018 - Really enjoyed this quick 5 day tour from Christchurch to Queenstown. The skiing was awesome and the scenery was breathtaking. The guide was lots of fun and it was a really mixed group of nationalities and ages. Would definitely do it again!
Had an absolutely wonderful experience on the Flying Kiwi Winter Alpine Tour from start to finish. From the moment I entered the bus on day 1 I knew it would be a great trip as all of the group were very welcoming including our driver who provided some top notch banter! The tour covered some of the most beautiful areas in the South Island, always giving us a chance to take in the views and soak up NZ at its finest! There were many options of activities to take part in depending on budget etc. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience NZ and come away with many stories to tell and memories that will last forever!
We were part of the Alpine Explorer tour and it was great! From stargazing in Tekapo, discovering the glaciers, (attempting) to ski the slopes and being in absolute awe of the beautiful west coast that we drove up, the tour is really something I'd recommend! Great food, atmosphere and people, all eager to explore NZ with an added adrenaline and adventure! Especially loved the biking! Thanks for a great trip!
We have just returned from a Winter Tour with the Flying Kiwi. The trip brought unforgettable experiences. Being part of a group, but plenty of time to have alone. Very experienced, knowledgable friendly guides. Travelled with my teenage daughter, entertainment and activities for all ages. Plenty of optional activities. My expectations were met and succeeded. The trip was just as exciting as the stunning unspoilt and spacious country. What a fabulous family trip we have just had. A small piece of paradise that is left on earth.
It has been a fantastic experience to travel with Flying Kiwi.
The food was freshly cooked , the schedule was flexible and with plenty of alternatives for everyone. The driver was super friendly and made the trip lots of fun!
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
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 :)