Extended Trips

Wild camping in the Central South Island Photo taken by: Matthias Gudath (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

New Zealand tours - hop off bus

The only tour with the flexibility to take extended breaks

Our trips are designed to give you the time you need to truly appreciate the places we visit and we often spend 2/3 days in the most stunning spots.

Our route ensures you spend as much time as possible immersing yourself in the country. However, if you do have a litte more time or fancy hopping off the bus our unique trips combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility to take extended breaks at any point on your trip.

How Does it Work?

Our trips are designed to give you the time you need to truly appreciate the places we visit and we often spend 2/3 days in the most stunning spots.

Our route ensures you spend as much time as possible immersing yourself in the country. However, if you do have a litte more time or fancy hopping off the bus our unique trips combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility to take extended breaks at any point on your trip.

If you want to spend more time exploring a particular area options include:

Take the chance to explore areas at the start or end of your trips.

We can help arrange accommodation and provide ideas on transport and activities if you want to explore the regions where your trip starts or ends. Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Picton and Nelson are all areas our helpful staff know extremely well and are great places to spend time and enjoy.

Hop off at any point on your trip. 

 If there is a point on your trip where you fancy spending a bit more time or have friends or family to catch up with then why not hop off and enjoy an extended break. Our friendly office team can help arrange this with you and will have heaps of ideas and tips on transport and activities in all regions.  Once you have "hopped off" you can jump back on any of the next buses passing through. Buses pass through every 9 days and more frequently in Auckland. If the dates don't quite fit then get in touch and we can help with alternatives to ensure the trip fits in with your needs.

Pass is valid for up to 2 years. 

A Flying Kiwi trip is the only transport option to be valid for 2 years. This provides great flexibility if you want to enjoy some long breaks in a few spots. Spend a ski season in Queenstown, live the beach life in Coromandel for 6 months or help in conservation projects - you have the flexibility to break up your trip in the best way that suits you. 

South Island Suggestions

You can take extended breaks at any of our 14 stops on the South Island.  

Below are a few of our most popular options but there are plenty more to choose from (coming soon to the site). If you would like to ask about these or other options then don't hesitate to contact our friendly team. 

Discover the untouched wilderness of Stewart Island

Depart and rejoin at point 14 of our planner at Gore.  Catch the Intercity bus to Invercargill. Take the flight or ferry to Stewart Island where the Rakiura Track (3 -4 days hike) is recommended.  Half Moon Bay (Stewart Island's Capital) is worth staying in for a couple of days.  Alternatively you could make your way to Te Anau (the Kepler track is worthwhile). Rejoin our group in Te Anau on point 14 of our planner. 

Get your adrenalin fix in Queenstown

Depart and rejoin at point 17 or 18 of our planner to spend an extra 9 days around this area or around Glenorchy to do extensive back country hiking or rafting trips (the Greenstone and Caples loop is an option). Queenstown is also well established as the adrenalin capital of New Zealand and if your funds allow it a 9 day day break could easily be filled with a catalogue of different activities.  Those on the tour get 2 days to try a good number of activities but if you cant get enough ..... or fancy partying it up then Queenstown is the place.

Enjoy a ski season in Queenstown

The ski fields around Queenstown and Wanaka are fast being established as some of the finest in the Southern Hemisphere. With a variety of terrains, reliable conditions and other options including heli-skiing and glacier hiking there is something for every snow junkie. Our trips wrap up for the winter (end in May and start again in October) but why not use your extended pass to hop off for the snow season and jump back on once things warm up.

Explore New Zealand's best National Parks around Abel Tasman, Golden Bay and The Marlborough Sounds

There are three National Parks within an hour and a half of Nelson.  Depart and rejoin at point 24 of our planner to discover Golden Bay. Golden Bay is a very scenic area full of beaches. The journey starts with a 700 meter climb to the Takaka hill but incredible decent to the Takaka Valley! Among the things to see and do is Pupu fresh water springs (the clearest in the world), miles of Golden beaches and interesting alternative locals, cafes and bars. There is also the Heaphy Track on the West Coast or the Abel Tasman Track.

Depart and rejoin at point 9 or 25 of our planner to walk, cycle or take a sailing or Kayak trip in these extensive sounds. There are many walks such as the Queen Charlotte track or Nydia track which can be walked or cycled and overnight or day kayak trips. The whole area is very picturesque with much emphasis on water an walking tracks. Base yourself in Picton to explore this area or chill out at one of the lodges accessible by water taxi only such Hopewell Backpackers. 

Experience the Garden City and Banks Peninsula

Depart and rejoin at point 10 of the planner, Christchurch is the largest city in the South island and offers a wealth of shops, bars and activity options. The city centre buzzes at night and during the day the coastal suburbs of Sumner and New Brighton offer the chance to relax and enjoy some mellow waves. A short distance away you can also experience the wonderful coves and bays of the banks peninsula. This areas volcanic origin has created a string of hidden delights incuding the french settlement of Akaroa and numerous waterfront communities. The area is also home to the extremely rare hectors dolphin.

North Island Suggestions

You can take extended breaks at any of our 9 stops on the North Island.  

Below are a few of our most popular options but there are plenty more to choose from (coming soon to the site). If you would like to ask about these or other options then don't hesitate to contact our friendly team.

Hit the water and discover the areas around the Whanganui River

Hop off the bus at Taranaki (point 26). Jump on a bus to Taumarunui, and from there embark on a multi-day canoe journey down the Whanganui River - the longest navigable river in New Zealand. The Whanganui River area is steeped in both Maori and colonial new Zealand history, and encompasses some surreal scenery. There are guided canoe trips that you can join, or freedom canoe rental is available. Re-join the Flying Kiwi group in Wanganui (half-way between wellington and Taranaki). Taumarunui is also easily accessed from Taupo or Turangi, so this extended break option is also available to those who are not travelling through Taranaki.

Get Coastal around the wonderful Bay of Plenty and East Cape

Hop off the Flying Kiwi bus in Rotorua (point 5). Jump on a bus to Whakatane, on the shore of the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Take a day trip out to White Island, an active volcano out in the Bay, or join a fishing charter. Head back to taurange for a few days of relaxation at mount Manuganui beach, or take a bus on to Gisborne and explore some of the great surf beaches of the East Cape region. From Gisborne you can also head into the hills and take in the beautiful Lake Waikaermoana Track, a 3 - 4 day hike amongst some of the most remote and beautiful landscapes of the North Island. Head back via Napier to re-join the Flying Kiwi bus at Taupo (point 6). 

Head out to Hawkes Bay - wine country and thermal delights

Hop off the Flying Kiwi bus in Taupo (point 6) and spend a couple of days taking in more of the thermal wonders of the area. Take a bus across to Napier and explore the Art Deco city of New Zealand. Have a wander through some of the local vineyards, or hike up Te Mata Peak, for an amazing view of the area. The cape Kidnappers gannet Colony is fascinating, and well worth a visit. The Lake Waikaremoana Track (above) can also be accessed from Napier. Head back to taupo to re-join the Flying Kiwi bus there.