What Are Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours And How They Work

Taking a Backpacker Bus in New Zealand

If you have done any sort of research into travelling around New Zealand, you will probably have heard about “hop-on hop-off”. Hop-on hop-off is a type of backpacker bus network in New Zealand, 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.Bạn đang xem: Hop on hop off

With a mix of free and 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 get off the bus and 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 and Stray?

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

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Price of the Hop-on Hop-off Bus PassPrice of Activities and Accommodation

Although the bus driver can book accommodation and activities for you, you pay for these as you go. You can expect to pay around NZ$20-30 per night for accommodation (with a couple of exceptions, which you can read more about in our How to 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 list of typical activity prices in The Cost of Backpacking in New Zealand.

Price of Food

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

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 to need to 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 and 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 to Travel Around New Zealand

How you want to travel around New Zealand is a personal and important decision to 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: