Some of my favorite memories were making dinner together with the whole team, and how much we laughed throughout preparing the meal
As well as getting to visit an amazing country for 4 weeks and getting the opportunity to take part in some pretty epic activities, it's not all about 'what' you are doing, but 'who' you get to do it with. The people that you get to meet and spend this time with, is sometimes what really makes the trip...
I must say the best memory I have with Flying Kiwi are the people. Not just the Kiwis and of course my awesome tour guides Shannon and Tom, but the 20 to 30 people from 15 different countries that joined us along our 4 week journey. The comradery that happens when a group of people live together, pitch tents together, prepares food together, eats together, listens to each other's stories and supports each other only happens when you are part of a family. I would say the average age of the group on my tour was 20 to 30 years of age. I was 2 months shy of my 71st birthday but felt 21 again at the end of the journey. Some of us still follow each other on Facebook. OH, I also enjoyed the sand-boarding, whitewater rafting level 5, the 15,000 foot tandem skydive, hang-gliding, the caves with the glow worms (keep your mouth closed when doing this), watching the dolphins and the whales, the Shotover-Jet experience, etc., AND HOW COULD I FORGET TO MENTION THE 134 METER BUNGEE JUMP (440 feet for us Yanks). I know, I'm bragging now. "AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!" - Bob Weinreich, Flying Kiwi Memory
As you know, going around NZ for a month involves a bit of time spent on the road. I am forever grateful for my group's affinity for 90s through current pop music. We sang through the long stretches. hahaha I couldn't have been with a group more suitable to my style of travel and music. And if that's not enough, I just love how REAL people are on an outdoor trip involving many nights of camping. People crawl out of their tents in the morning and one gets to see who they really are at that time of day. Grouchy, sleepy, quiet, chatty, desperate for their coffee to kick in, hungry, not hungry, super duper perky--we had it all! And I loved it. Real people. Real experiences. - Laura Jamison, Flying Kiwi Memory
We were lucky enough to round off an amazing travel experience with a couple of weeks a la Flying Kiwi. We loved it. The people were ace - to get together with a bunch of fabulous people of all ages, to laugh and laugh and laugh, to see amazing places and do wonderful things. We loved the canyon boat trip, the horse riding and the brewery. The sea fishing trip with the family-with-zero-sea-legs was particularly memorable. But some of the simplest things were our favourites - the bike rides, the running, swimming in that freezing but oh-so-pure lake and the beer-garitas. We'd love to be back again some day – Ali Moore, Flying Kiwi Memory
A great in-sight for us guides, and one of the reasons why I love my job so much! Getting to greet everyone on day one and seeing that they are a little shy and nervous, then getting to watch them slowly come out of their shells throughout the tour , making new friends and having the whole bus as one big family! That's what really makes the trip for me
On the tour you meet so many cool people and by the end you make such a great team with them that you never want it to end! - Meike Wisser
Shannon Higgs, Tour Guide - Flying Kiwi Memory
We reached some really remote locations. When we arrived at the bush camp in Lake Pukaki, for example, we were so blown away by the regal mountains and the bright blue dazzling glacier fed lakes, we all went slightly crazy and jumped directly to the freezing water! Imagine being so far from the proximity of any city that the sky was clean and air crisp for world class star gazing. Lying with the Flying Kiwi crew on matts under the stars, I felt completely absorbed in holiday mode. Being away from the world was no problem. Utterly refreshing!
Josh Lawrence - Flying Kiwi Memory
I think many of us thought exactly the same!!
Arriving to Punakaiki and being blown away by the prehistoric limestone sheer cliff faces that look like they belong in the movie Jurassic Park
Flying Kiwi Memory by Marcel - Flying Kiwi Tour Leader!
Sleeping in a tent under the vast Southern Hemisphere sky is for so many of our travellers their favourite Flying Kiwi Memory. There are just some of the many types of quotes we get every trip:
Having never slept in a tent before, the first night by the water was absolutely beautiful. In spite of my initial reservations, the Wilderness Camps were my favourite, really beautiful places.
Sleeping under the stars, back with mother nature…
Loved the off the beaten track locations
We had awesome food - Thai curry, beef stroganoff, nachos, chicken wraps, BBQs (just to name a few) - dietary requirements were catered for. The kitchen is with you all the time so we cook together and make it a social opportunity - this makes bonding easier.
The New Zealand cycle trail is an exciting network of rides designed to enable you to explore the best parts of NZ by bike. Our tours unique hop on and off structure give you the chance to explore these exciting new tracks. You can find out more about how cycling options work on our bike pages.
The New Zealand cycle trail consists of 18 rides with a number still in development but many open and ready. Cycle distances vary and there are plenty of options to suit cyclists of all levels. There are ride options throughout the country and its possible to take extended breaks from your trip, explore the area and the trails then jump back on with your fellow passengers. For those bringing their own bikes or groups looking to charter their own vehicle there are also heaps of options - just contact us and we will help design the ultimate bike tour.
New Zealand is the perfect place for pedal power! With a range of rides to suit all levels its the ideal place to get out and active, plus with minimal traffic you will have countless stretches of magnificent scenery to yourself. However, a bike tour does mean some restrictions, as they offer little time to enjoy the enormous range of adventure activities available. Enter Flying Kiwi.
The unique tours offered by Flying Kiwi give the chance to combine cyle touring with your choice of adrenalin activities. From skydiving to penguin watching and sailing to bungy there is something for everyone. Everyday you can choose whether you want to take to the bike, try a new activity or combine the two. It's the ideal way to have fun, get fit and explore one of the World's most stunning natural playgrounds. For more information visit the cycle section of the Flying Kiwi website.
If there is one tour that nearly everyone on our bus did, it was the Milford Sound Cruise. It is New Zealand's most famous attraction and we can understand why. Milford Sound offers up some of the most striking landscapes on earth. With Sea Cliffs that rival the Bay of Fundy in Canada and Kalaupapa National Historic Park in Hawaii you are definitely in for a day of feeling surrounded by giants. It is a relaxing afternoon and the perfect chance to absorb one of natures greatest wonders.
Flying Kiwi is a great tour for people with a lot of energy and the Milford Sound, Te Anau portion of the trip gives the passenger just the right amount of time to recharge their batteries. Most days of the year, Milford Sound is rainy and overcast, but luck was on our side today. We had sunshine and almost balmy weather. There were times on the boat that we actually took our jackets off for a time to bask in the sun. One of the most famous aspects of the Sound are the waterfalls.
Normally they are out in full force on rainy days and that is usually what most people miss when visiting on a sunny day, but because it had rained for 6-days straight before our visit to Milford Sound, we had the best of both worlds. Waterfalls fell in full force into the bay as the sun sparkled in their dancing drops. If there is one thing that you cannot miss when visiting New Zealand, it is a boat tour of Milford Sound. If you don't go it would be like going to Egypt without visiting the Pyramids...it is really something that must be done!