Travel flexibly around New Zealand and see both islands in just 17 days – this bus pass is great if you're tight on time! Plus, you can hop on & off where you like!
16 Day 'Sheepdog' Bus Pass Highlights
- Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
- Bus pass from Auckland to Christchurch, with the ability to hop on & hop off where you like along the route
- A minimum of 18 days travel time to complete all sections of the itinerary, however you can take longer
- Flexible travel around New Zealand, with 12 months to complete your journey once you start
- Best price guarantee on activities in each compulsory stop – just chat with your driver for the hook-up (the price of activities is not included)
- Accommodation guaranteed at the Operator's preferred hostel/hotel each overnight stop booked on the day with your driver (the price of accommodation is not included)
- Knowledgeable local guide & driver, who has all in the inside tips for the best photo stops, activities, restaurants & accommodation
Where we Visit:
- Hot Water Beach
- Abel Tasman
- Franz Josef
- Lake Tekapo
Why Do We Love This
What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions about 16 Day 'Sheepdog' Bus Pass
Kiwi Experience pass allows you to hop-on and off our route wherever you like for as long as you like. This means instead of purchasing a bus pass to travel from point A to point B and once getting to point B you stop; you will be purchasing a pass that you have 12 months to travel on, so make the most of this and come for longer than the 'minimum travel time' time on our passes.
In fact, we encourage you to jump off the bus to explore more of New Zealand! Try out one of New Zealand's Great Walks, chill out on a beach for a couple of days, stop for a few months if you have a working holiday visa or try out woofing in one of the many locations around the country.
Just a small reminder, when you are jumping on and off the bus for longer than the 'minimum' time, you do need to get in contact with us via email or phone so we can get you booked on another bus or cancel a bus you may be booked onto.
No, all your accommodation costs are additional to your bus pass.
But once you’re on the bus, you have guaranteed accommodation for the first night stay in each new location along your bus pass itinerary. In some locations the bus stays two or three nights, your accommodation will be guaranteed on these nights too. If you choose to hop off the bus and stay longer in a location, your driver can book your extra nights for you. You don’t need to book in advance, your driver-guide will take care of this for you each day on the bus so you can travel as flexibly as you like.
Every day that you are travelling on the bus, we will guarantee you a bed for your first night stay at each overnight stop. In some locations, the bus stays 2 or 3 consecutive nights (such as Taupo, Franz Josef and Queenstown) so we guarantee these nights too. In peak season when accommodation can be hard to come by, your driver-guide will take care of all bookings for you as you go. If you are planning to stay somewhere longer than the minimum travel time, we recommend you contact the hostel we stay at in advance and secure those extra nights. All accommodation costs are additional to your bus pass.
No, but we have great rates!
We have lots of mates, so as soon as you’re onboard the bus, you will get the best price guarantee on all activities along the route. Your driver-guide will book your activities for you on the bus each day so you can decide what tickles your fancy in each location. At the peak of summer, New Zealand activities are hugely popular and we promise you a spot in the line!
No need to book activities in advance, it can all be done on the bus with your Driver Guide. As part of your bus pass, we’ll take you directly to New Zealand’s top tourism and adventure activities i.e. Skydiving, bungy jumping, kayaking, great walks.
Like accommodation, this can all be booked through your driver-guide and your bus pass entitles you to some fantastic activity discounts along the way. Due to our size, we’re also looked after by heaps of great activity providers, who make sure there are always spots for Kiwi Experience passengers, even when it’s busy.
Download our app from the app store on your device to check out which activities you can book with your driver, how much they cost and more information about the activity. This way you can start planning how best to spend your hard-earned money now!
No, but loads of the places we stop at including hostels have excellent meal deals & cheap drinks!
In a nutshell... Minimum time stands for the shortest time you can get from your starting point to the last destination.
Our minimum travel times include spending an extra night (so 2 nights total) in Taupo, Franz Josef and Queenstown because they’re so awesome, one night just isn't enough. If you’re on a deadline and you need to make it to your destination faster you can sometimes miss these extra days out but this is timetable dependent. You may have trouble skipping these places in the low season (Wintertime) as we do not run as many services.
12 months to begin, 12 months to travel!
Once you’ve purchased your Kiwi Experience bus pass you have 12 months to begin your travel, and then once you start you have 12 months to complete it.
You will notice that each pass has a minimum travel time. This is the fastest possible time you can complete the pass. We highly recommend you spend longer than this, at least adding on a week or two to the 'minimum' time stated on your pass.
Each section of a pass can only be travelled once. There are 2 exceptions to this rule:
- The Kea and Tui passes travel Christchurch to Kaikoura twice
- If you start in Christchurch and travel the South Island before going up to the North Island on your Start Anywhere, National Pass. You can do the Christchurch - Kaikoura - Picton bit twice. Please note this does add on an extra two days to your pass.
Also known as hop-on hop-off, flexible travel means there is no set-in-stone itinerary. If you want to hop off for a few days in a certain destination, simply hop off, then hop back on when you want! Basically, it allows you to personalise your trip to suit you and spend as much time as you want in each destination.
Decide the date you want to hop back on, whether it be the following day or in a months time and then either call or email the reservations team. We need at least 24 hours notice to book you onto the bus, however the more notice the better the chance you get a confirmed seat.
Make sure to check out our current timetable, to see if there is a bus running on the day you want to leave.
You can hop off anywhere along the route. But if there is somewhere we don't go let us know and we can give you some advice on how to get there.
When you do decide to hop off the bus- you do need to let us know so we can help you book your next journey!
If you hadn't already noticed, New Zealand is split into two Islands. So how do we get you from one island to the other?
Well, that's easy, we take the Interislander, across the Cook Strait, to the other side! The very scenic ferry ride takes us roughly 3.5 hours to reach Picton travelling from Wellington or vice versa.
Is it included?
This is not induced in your Kiwi Experience ticket, but will only cost you NZ$55 per person, per way. However it is really simple to book, just like activities and accommodation, your Driver Guide will book this for you. Your driver will ask you either on the day you travel Taupo to River Valley (on the North Island) or Christchurch to Kaikoura (on the South Island) if you would like to grab a ferry ticket. If you do great, grab $55 cash - exact change is preferable - hand it over to your driver and he/she will stamp your Kiwi Experience ticket with a South/North Island ferry ticket.
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