Taking a Backpacker Bus in New Zealand

If you have sầu done any sort of research inkhổng lồ travelling around New Zealvà, you will probably have sầu heard about “hop-on hop-off”. Hop-on hop-off is a type of backpacker bus network in New Zealvà, which, simply put, is a flexible bus tour for adventurous travellers!

Unlike the national coach buses, the hop-on hop-off bus is a guided route with an emphasis on activities and social experiences with like-minded travellers. Get the full comparison in What is the Difference Between Hop-on Hop-off and National Coach.

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With a phối of không tính tiền & optional pay-as-go activities, the bus trip around New Zealand is action-packed. What’s more, the “hop-on hop-off” aspect of the bus trip means you can opt to lớn get off the bus & enjoy some independent travelling at most points during the route, making hop-on hop-off a popular means of transport for backpackers.

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What is the Price of Hop-on Hop-off Travel with Kiwi Experience và Stray?

With Stray và Kiwi Experience there are a number of costs you need lớn consider when taking the bus because these are not all-inclusive sầu tours.

Price of the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

The prices of bus passes fluctuate with sales. Plus, prices really depend on which bus pass you buy. For a full national pass, the price can be anywhere between NZ$1000-$2000. Keep an eye on those sales & read our 5 Tips lớn Get a Better Deal for a Backpacker Bus Pass.

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Price of Activities & Accommodation

Although the bus driver can book accommodation và activities for you, you pay for these as you go. You can expect to lớn pay around NZ$20-30 per night for accommodation (with a couple of exceptions, which you can read more about in our How lớn Budget for a Hop-on Hop-off Trip Around New Zealand). For activities, the prices can range from NZ$10 to NZ$400+, so making your own personal activities budget is essential. We’ve made a danh mục of typical activity prices in The Cost of Backpacking in New Zeal&.

Price of Food

You will need khổng lồ provide your own food & drink on the trip. By either stopping in a destination with a supermarket or making a supermarket stop during the day, the bus will give you regular access khổng lồ a supermarket to lớn buy your own food khổng lồ cook at the hostel, which is the best way khổng lồ keep food costs low. Having group meals with your fellow bus passengers is another way to lớn reduce food expenses.

For more money-saving tips and how much you can expect to pay on the Kiwi Experience or Stray bus, kiểm tra out How khổng lồ Budget for Hop-on Hop-off Trip Around New Zeal&.

Budgeting with Flying Kiwi

As mentioned, Flying Kiwi works a little differently. You don’t need to worry about an accommodation budget, as accommodation is included in the trip. Although Flying Kiwi does offer at least one meal a day (some days it’s three times a day, sometimes it’s two), there are going to be some occasions where you are going lớn need to lớn buy your own meals. This is usually when there is no access to a kitchen so you’ll be buying food from cafes, take-aways và restaurants, so budgeting for some meals is a must. Take a look at typical takeaway prices in What is the Cost of Backpacking in New Zealand?

Other Ways khổng lồ Travel Around New Zealand

How you want to lớn travel around New Zeal& is a personal and important decision to lớn give yourself the best gap year or backpacking experience possible. That’s why we have ‘heaps’ of articles on backpacker transport, so you can make a well-informed decision! Take a look at these beauties:

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