Our sympathies are with those impacted by the recent earthquakes in New Zealand.

All our Real Kiwi Adventure customers are safe and well and we are continuing to operate as normal except for a minor change to our South Island itineraries. The safety and well-being of our customers is our highest priority as we are continue to closely monitor the situation.

For our Hop on Hop off passengers

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Christchurch replacing Rangitata as an overnight stop

We have teamed up with All Stars Hostel in Christchurch, a very new hostel that is centrally located, to provide accommodation for the short to mid-term.

For anyone wanting to raft at Rangitata, we will still offer this as an option. You will simply get off in Geraldine and the team from Rangitata will pick you up, raft the heck out of you on Grade 5 rapids, dry you off, and drop you to our accommodation in Christchurch. To confirm Christchurch will replace Rangitata as our overnight stop after Mt Cook.

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Nelson replacing Kaikoura as overnight stop

In further news, we will be adding an overnight in Nelson. There are all sorts of awesome activities in Nelson, not least it’s often called the Sunshine Capital on New Zealand. We will stay with our friends at the YHA Nelson which is also centrally located and next to everything you need. To confirm Nelson will replace Kaikoura in the short to mid-term.


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Nelson to Picton/Wellington

From there it’s on to the ferry and the North Island if you’re heading that way. If you’re on a South Island pass you have the option (and we recommend it) of heading to Picton for an overnight and the many unbelievable walks there. Alternatively, you could simply stay in sunny Nelson and wait for the next orange chariot to come through and take you to Marahau, Abel Tasman!

We are positive you will all enjoy the new hop on hop off circuit, but our long term goal will be to return to Kaikoura. We want to support the incredible community there and help get them back on their feet.

If you have a questions about your upcoming New Zealand trip please send us an email

Tours to get you there

Visit some stunning New Zealand beaches

The Maximus Pass

Jump on the bus and discover the real New Zealand, with (almost) everything you could wish for! From the Far North to the very Far South.

Explore more of NZ’s best National Parks

27 Day Ultimate Explorer Auckland to Auckland Tour

Quite possibly the best thing you can do in New Zealand. Grab life with both hands on this in depth, all-points covered action and adventure wilderness experience. This trip guarantees to show you the best of the North and South Island and the experience of a lifetime. .

Scenic Tour and Jet Boat

Journey into a land of outstanding natural beauty rich in gold mining history and experience an exclusive tour or Winky’s Museum and the Sainsbury Gold Claim plus the jet boat ride.