What better way to start a new year than with a new client? We’re thrilled to now be working with Kiwi Experience, New Zealand’s original hop-on, hop-off bus adventure company which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
One of our first activities will be to reconnect with passengers from the last 25 years – something we can kick-start ourselves since seven of the Hills Balfour team travelled with Kiwi Experience between 1990 and 2012. So, by way of introduction to our new client, we thought we’d share our own Kiwi Experiences.
Daniela Resenterra: I have so many happy memories from my Kiwi Experience trip – a particular highlight for me was being in Queenstown on Christmas Day when we all jumped into the lake. We did so much in six weeks, visiting beautiful places and hanging out with a great bunch of people. The drivers made the experience and one of ours, Bods, still works for Kiwi Experience now – what a legend!
Josie Self: I was unconvinced by the idea of bungee jumping until I met my incredibly persuasive fellow Kiwi Experience travellers. After an activity-filled month ranging from glacier hikes and fajita nights to white-water rafting and go-karting, I found myself strapped to a bungee cord suspended 134 metres over a gorge! The rush that followed was one of the most memorable moments of my round-the-world trip.
Sarah Junker: The atmosphere was great, with like-minded travellers and everyone sharing the same sense of excitement. The great thing about Kiwi Experience is its hop-on, hop-off flexibility – we never bypassed a worthy place of interest and the route was phenomenally scenic. The Tongariro Crossing was one of the highlights of my travel experiences to date.
Jenna Osborne: I met some of the best people and had some of the best experiences of my six months travelling whilst I was in New Zealand. This was most definitely down to Kiwi Experience; it helps you feel settled in foreign place, encourages you make friends and most of all, takes the stress out of planning so you can just concentrate on having a good time!
Sarah Austin: I travelled with Kiwi Experience in 2002 and had two weeks of pure fun with awesome people, great sights and a lot of Jack Johnson on the bus stereo! It gave me a great introduction to an amazing country.
Jane Nicholson: We had so much fun travelling on the Kiwi Experience with friends we had met earlier in our travels and, more than two decades on, we are still in contact! For me, a big highlight was climbing the Fox Glacier in our hobnail boots. And the hair is much more stylish now!
Paul Black: My best friend and I travelled with Kiwi Experience straight after A-levels. As novice backpackers without much of a forward plan, it was great being able to leave our itinerary and transport in the hands of the New Zealand experts.
Have you travelled with Kiwi Experience? We’d love to hear from you if so – and why not join the 25th anniversary celebrations by sending us a picture of your trip? Keep an eye on Facebook for more details!