Funky Chicken Bus Pass, New Zealand
This Funky Chicken Pass definitely shows you the best of New Zealand, you will see the delights of both North and South Island. This pass is best enjoyed for around 21 days and is valid for a whole year! Not bad huh?! There will be young fun and likeminded backpackers on your bus, not just a bus pass, there is activities you can opt for and some free ones with the pass. We will show you the best of the best of New Zealand for sure! You will stay in hostels on the way which your friendly bus driver will help book for you en-route or you can sort out your own accommodation!
Finish: Where you started
Minimum time: 21 days, If you don't want to feel rushed a minimum of 30 days!
Valid: 12 months
- Bus Pass
- Some activities
- Guidance and a helping hand for booking hostels
What's not included?
- Accommodation - This can be booked on bus at time or perked in peak season
Auckland - Hot Water Beach
Leave the bright lights of Auckland and spend the day Kayaking or walking in and around Cathedral Cove… Cameras at the ready! Then soak yourself in the natural springs of Hot Water Beach!
Hot Water Beach - Waitomo
Today we check out NZ’s gold mining history… Then spot the glowworms in the famous underwater caves of Waitomo
Waitomo - Rotorua
The Ruakuri bush walk will be your last chance to explore Waitomo, before heading to Rotorua, The Maori capital of New Zealand.
Rotorua - Taupo
Taupo - A popular backpacker destination, with New Zealand’s biggest lake and plenty to keep you occupied! The first activity of the day is exploring the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser!
Taupo - (Extra Day)
There is so much to do in Taupo, so why not stay an extra day! If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
Taupo River Valley
We will visit the stunning Tongariro National Park to enjoy a walk before arriving at the River Valley Adventure Lodge later today.
River Valley - Wellington
Wellington! What an awesome place, trendy bars, cultural cafes and an epic beach too. Enjoy!
Wellington - Picton - Kaiteriteri
Travel across the stunning Cook Strait to the seaside town of Picton, then on to Kaiteriteri where the beautiful golden sand beach is on your doorstep.
Kaiteriteri - Westport
We will head towards the Wild West Coast passing through snow-capped mountains and mirror lakes.
Westport - Lake Mahinapua
Explore the rugged West Coast of NZ, see the Pancake Rocks and spend the night in a traditional West Coast pub!
Lake Mahinapua - Franz Josef
Continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the mighty Southern Alps to glacier country.
Franz Josef (Extra Day)
There is lots to do here so why not stay a day or 2 more, great place if you like hiking or why not take a hike up to the glacier?
Franz Josef - Wanaka
We journey to the magical Southern Lakes region to take the time to chill by beautiful Lake Wanaka. Pure Bliss!
Wanaka - Queenstown
Best place on earth for adventurers, What more can we say!
Queenstown (Extra Day)
There is so much to do here... you could actually stay an extra 4 days really and its super beautiful! If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
Queenstown - Tekapo
The beautiful Tekapo! If the lake surrounded by mountains wasn’t enough for you…take a look up to the skies as the star gazing opportunities are amazing!
Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
A day of contrasts from snowy peaks to fertile plains home to the Garden City.
Christchurch - Kaikoura
If you are looking for a marine wildlife fix… Look no further than Kaikoura, whales, dolphins and seals aplenty!
Kaikora - Wellington
Check out seal colonies and drive along the amazing Kaikoura coastline
Wellington - Taupo
More amazing Kaikoura coastline views today
Taupo - Auckland (via Rotorua)
Hop-off in Rotorua, or head onwards to the ‘City of Sails’ - AKA Auckland
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How does it work?
Buy the pass with us. A week or so before you want the pas to start call the number on your information pack to book your first journey, for example from Auckland to Hot Water Beach. From then you can book all your journeys if you are very organised or just book your journeys as you go. If you like a place you can stay and just jump on another bus in a few days time. A timetable will be given in your information pack. Your friendly bus driver can organise accommodation for you en-route to the next destination whilst driving, there will be a choice of hostels and you can pay on arrival. Simple as that!
Please call the number below if you have any questions or if you would like to book!
"I came travelling on my own so I found that this bus pass made it easy for me to meet people, I ended up travelling most of the South Island with them! Great fun too!" Roz Money
"Love love love Kiwi Bus Pass, so much fun and the Milford Sounds cruise was incredible. Very easy to use, bus driver was fun and very knowledgable on all things New Zealand. She took care of booking the hostels whilst on the bus, she just called up before we got there, so we did not really have to think about that side of it, we just paid on arrival, definitely recommend. I was on my own too so was a great way of meeting new people." Jerry Willi
"Had an amazing time, South Island is such a beautiful place, did not want to leave! Especially loved Queenstown! Bus was fun! " Rose
"One word - Wicked" Gary P