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Two new beach locations for travellers on their Kiwi Experience

Tuesday 4 October 2011, 3:22PM
By Mango Communications
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COROMANDEL

Life is a beach with Kiwi Experience tours, and the new stops with New Zealand’s legendary hop-on, hop-off bus adventure company means travellers can visit two of the world’s best.

Kiwi Experience is excited to announce its brand new beach stops from October 1 at the South Island’s gorgeous Kaiteriteri, and the North Island’s Hot Water Beach, located in the Coromandel.

Hot Water Beach is rated as one of the world’s top 10 beaches by Lonely Planet, and you’ll find it lives up to its name when you grab a shovel at low tide and dig your own hot water pool in the sand. Or if you like your water a little cooler, test your surfing prowess during a half day surf lesson.

Afterwards, spend a couple of hours checking out the wildlife of the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve on a kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove, or exploring the caves and islands along the coastline on-board a long boat. Alternatively make your own way down the walking track to Cathedral Cove to relax, and enjoy the amazing surrounds and seclusion.

Finish your day chilling out on the sprawling deck of the brand new, purpose built, self-contained backpacker lodges at Hot Water Beach Holiday Park that’s within metres of the beach. And why not treat yourself to real kiwi fish and chips for dinner from the caravan at the Holiday Park, or throw something on the BBQ, and watch the sun set over the hills.

During the Southern sojourn, you’ll visit Kaiteriteri, which is perfectly situated on the doorstep of the Abel Tasman National Park. Surrounded by golden beach and blue water it boasts some of the best year-round weather New Zealand has to offer.

Enjoy your stay in the newly renovated Kaiteri Lodge, only a minute’s walk from the beach, with its own bar for cold drinks on hot afternoons, and great meals at backpacker prices.

With a late departure the next day, you can take your time and launch a kayak straight off the beach and take a guided tour past the unmistakeable Split Apple Rock, and along stunning coastline with the chance to get up close to seals and dolphins.

Alternatively, head out to explore the Abel Tasman National Park by catching a water taxi to one of the many isolated bays, and take a stroll through beautiful native forest. If you want to spend a couple of days walking through the National Park, this is the place to begin your adventure. If you’d rather spend the entire morning in Kaiteriteri there’s a great mountain bike and walking track, or simply grab your towel and flip flops and head to the beach.

Kiwi Experience Brand Manager Liz Lindsay says, to find out more about the different experiences available, the legendary Kiwi Experience Driver Guides are happy to share their gems of knowledge to make the most out of the time and tides, and can book activities and accommodation for you, so it’s a trip you’ll remember forever.

“Our New Zealand bus passes go to the very best parts of country, and with 22 years experience, you know you’ll be in safe hands when you travel with Kiwi Experience.”

About Kiwi Experience:

Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s legendary hop-on, hop-off bus tour operator for backpackers and independent travellers. Operating for over 20 years, Kiwi Experience is part of the Tourism Holdings Limited (listed NZX: thl on the New Zealand Stock Exchange) portfolio. Founded in 1986 as a The Helicopter Line, specialising in scenic South Island routes, thl operations include car and motorhome rentals in Australia and New Zealand, a specialist caravan and motorhome manufacturing company in Hamilton, backpacker bus transport operations in New Zealand and Fiji, along with activities in Waitomo which include The Legendary Blackwater Rafting Co., Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave. Whether it’s an adrenalin-fuelled rush or a mellow meander – thl provides the entire New Zealand experience at whatever price or pace you prefer.