October 23, 2016
Today was my first day on the Kiwi Experience bus, and from first impressions, I reckon it’s goin...
Today was my first day on the Kiwi Experience bus, and from first impressions, I reckon it’s going to be an absolutely fantastic trip across New Zealand! The Kiwi Experience is a big green bus that can take you (depending on your itinerary) all across New Zealand whilst booking your trips, accommodation and recommending the best things to do. Our bus was only half full, which was quite nice, but it’s getting into the busy season, so we’re expecting it to fill up within the next few weeks.
Whilst on the bus, the driver handed out clipboards where you can book your accommodation, buses and activities for you to do when you get to your destination. This can be a little bit daunting, as you need to decide on the spot what you want to do and for how long you want to stay there. I’m a massive organisation freak, so for me, it was completely out of my comfort zone because I like to research and research before I commit to anything. Going out of your comfort zone every now and then is a really good thing though I think.
On our bus journey up North to Paihia, we had a coffee break and also stopped off at a waterfall sight to get some pictures - I’ve actually heard that they take you on little walks through your bus journey which is a nice addition to any trip. I’m spending 3 nights at Paihia with a trip to Cape Reigna and a sailing trip to the Bay of Islands. Everything feels so much more real and exciting now that it’s actually happening!
We arrived in Paihia around noon and were given the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. So a few of us went to Countdown, the local supermarket, to grab a few snacks for the trips to come. It was a nice chance to check out the local area as well and just generally go for a walk.
Today was generally just a “this is what’s going to happen” day but it’s got me buzzing for the month to come! BRING ON NEW ZEALAND!!!