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8 adventurous New Zealand experiences for the same price as things you spend money on every day

27th May 2015

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One night out vs a trip to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves? A graduation outfits vs an overnight adventure in a Maori village? A weekend at the seaside vs a bungee jump in Queenstown?

It might seem crazy, but for the same price as those things that students typically spend their money on – nights out, fancy dress, festival day passes – you could be grabbing yourself some majorly life-changing experiences on the other side of the world.

Our friends at Kiwi Experience have put together a collection of things that you could be doing in New Zealand, for a fraction of what you might expect.

Because while fancy dress nights out in student towns and UK seaside breaks are undeniably fun, especially now exams have finished, a trip to New Zealand – a land known for its adrenalin activities, beautiful beaches and epic landscapes - offers an adventure that’s probably a more exciting use of your money.


Fancy dress costume Vs Zorbing in Rotorua for around £18

For the same price as a ‘cheeky smurf’ or ‘oompa loompa’ fancy dress outfit Kiwi Experience passengers can spend an afternoon laughing non-stop as they roll down ZORB® Rotorua’s hilly course, in a sphere filled with water.

Zorbing, which is now popular with thrill-seekers all over the world, is a kiwi invention and Rotorua is where this wacky activity was first introduced. A ZORB® spin experience costs from NZ$39 per adult (approx £18).


A student night out Vs Waitomo Glowworm Caves for around £23

A visit to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to marvel at Mother Nature's light display in an underground labyrinth is a memory that’s probably going to stick around – whereas those student nights out tend to all blend into one after a while (or even after 2am.)

The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand and the now world-famous underground boat ride through the caves where thousands of these tiny Glowworms radiate their unmistakable luminescent light provides a serene ambience, with informative commentary on the caves' historical and geological significance. The tour costs from NZ$49 per adult (approx £23).


A festival day ticket Vs Bay of Islands for around £57

Ok, a day out at Wireless or Lovebox is pretty fun (until the rain starts up!) but a long weekend spent in the North Island’s Bay of Islands, one of the most beautiful and tranquil destinations in the world, is basically unbeatable. Kiwi Experience’s Bay of Islands bus pass costs NZ $121 (approx £57) and takes passengers from Auckland to Paihia (in the 'winterless north') and the Bay of Islands, with its 144 islands and amazing beaches. A wide selection of water and land-based adventure activities are available from fishing, sailing and dolphin swimming to nature walking, checking out the town’s charming cafes and bookshops or simply relaxing on one of the many golden-sand beaches.


A Graduation Ball outfit Vs a Tamaki Maori Village overnight adventure for around £92

Splashing out on a graduation ball or college prom outfit is a given – who wouldn’t want to look good in those all-important photos? – but for the same price as a posh frock or suit graduates could be immersed in Maori culture during an overnight stay at Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua. This overnight excursion costs NZ$180 (approx £92) and offers a taste of the extra special Tamaki hospitality, with a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony, dinner and concert as well as accommodation. Tamaki Maori Village includes an open air cinema, spa pools, bar, fire pit (for sharing stories and marshmallows), and a purpose built area for taking part in cultural activities.


A weekend trip to Brighton Vs a Nevis Bungy jump for around £130

Everyone loves a trip to the seaside – but what’s going to stick in your memory when you look back, a soggy beachfront fish and chips or a jaw-droopingly scary Nevis bungy jump?!

Queenstown has a number of heart-stopping bungy jumps and swings to choose from, but the most extreme has to be the highest bungy in Australasia – the Nevis Bungy – which towers an epic 134 metres above the Nevis River. Skippered by the experienced crew from AJ Hackett Bungy, the Nevis Bungy is not for the faint hearted, and costs from NZ$275 (approx £130).


New Zealand South Island Kiwi Experience tour vs. a Bestival weekend ticket: NZ$449 (approx £212) - 49% off

The Southern Round Up tour heads up the coastline from Christchurch, visiting Kaikoura, Blenheim, Picton, Kaiteriteri, the Abel Tasman National Park and its famous golden beaches. For those short on time this is a great way to see the highlights of the South Island, though passengers can always hop-off and soak up more of the destinations on the pass if they have time to spare.


North & South Island NZ highlights Kiwi Experience tour vs a UK campervan trip: NZ$499 (approx £235) - 62% off!


Want to see the sights without spending months in New Zealand? Kiwi Experience’s core Auckland to Christchurch pass, the Sheepdog, winds its way down the North Island, cruises down the West Coast of the South Island then cuts back up to Christchurch. Being a one-way pass it can be done in just 16 days in the summer, which is great for those who want to see a lot but don’t have a lot of time. Don’t let that stop you though – like all of Kiwi Experience’s New Zealand bus passes, passengers have 12 months to meander along the route before completing their trip.


An all-encompassing New Zealand Kiwi Experience tour vs. a European city break: NZ$749 (approx £353) - 58% off!


The Super Funky shows passengers the best that the North and South islands have to offer. Travellers can start anywhere they like and end up where they began, or using Kiwi Experience’s Unlimited Travel offer they can even repeat some of their favourite sectors again for free. From getting right up north to Cape Reinga and Bay of Islands to discovering the iconic Milford Sound, this current special offers an awesome saving of NZ$1,031 (£489)!


The above offers are valid for bookings made by 30th May 2015. However, passes are valid for 12 months, so arrival in New Zealand can take place until May  2016, allowing you to buy discounted tickets now and then have time to save up for flights and spending money before travelling later. Passes are also valid for a year from first activation in New Zealand.

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