New Zealand - Flying Kiwi tours

New Zealand’s top rated adventure tour in National Geographics
‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’

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Top rated in National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies"
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Established in 1988, Flying Kiwi has established a reputation for showing travellers the real New Zealand. Our aim is to take people beyond the tourist trail to experience some of the more remote parts of the country as well as the more famous attractions. We are proud to have received Qualmark status and to have been awarded an environment award by the Nelson Chamber of Commerce.

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The Flying Kiwi story.....

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - Best adventure travel compaines on earth

Flying Kiwi was rated as the top New Zealand budget operator for client satisfaction in the following categories:

Multisport / Biking and hiking / Nature and Wildlife / Cultural Encounters 

Flying Kiwi was the only New Zealand budget operator to be listed, outlining that for real adventure and authentic experiences Flying Kiwi  are the leading tour company in New Zealand.


Flying Kiwi was the only New Zealand operator to be listed as a finallist in the australasia tour operator category in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012.  These prestigious awards are voted by industry professionals and seen as a true reflection of customer service and quality. 


In October 2013 we were listed as a Category finalist on New Zealands leading review site ( and also rated as the best activity in the Auckland region.


Flying kiwi remains totally commited to working in an environmentally sensitive manner.  Following on from a number of operational improvements the company was awarded a Qualmark silver status.  We are now working hard towards achieving gold status in the coming season.


The tourism awards are voted on by leading NZ industry experts and require an indepth and thorough analysis of all elements of the companys performance.  Flying Kiwi was a finalist in the medium business category just missing out as a category winner.


As active members of the local community Flying Kiwi has repeatedly been acknowledged for its contribution to the local economy.  The company was a Chamber of Commerce Medium Business Winner, Environment Award Winner and Export Award Finalist on numerous occassions.

In order to maintain the highest levels of customer service, safety and minimise environmental impact Flying Kiwi are active members of the following organisations:

  • TIANZ — Full member of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand
  • DOC - Department of Conservation approved
  • CAN — Member of the Cycling Advocates Network
  • CTONZ – Cycle Tour Operators of New Zealand 
  • Nelson Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter 
  • Qualmark
  • Tourism export council

New Zealand's Original Adventure Tour  

New Zealand has always been a travellers dream with stunning landscapes, superb activities and some of the World's most amicable hosts. The country has also been a magnet for those looking for outdoor adventure but until relatively recently travel options were particularly limited.  

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 In the late 1980s a 21 year old kiwi took the brave step of introducing a whole new method of travel to those visiting NZ.  In contrast to the plethora of fixed itinerary coach tours, visiting the same tourist hotspots, Flying Kiwi combined these great locations with a variety of stunning new destinations that took visitors from all over the World "beyond the tourist trail".

Custom vehicles were built and the addition of a trailer enabled the self-sufficient crew to visit more remote areas, soaking up kiwi culture and lifestyle whilst exploring the regions by foot, bike and kayak. The original buses were "works of art", with elaborate, eye catching designs weaving their way into areas rarely visited by most tourists.

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Over the following 10 years the adventure industry boomed as New Zealand was recognised as THE adrenalin destination! New activity options were added to the itinerary whilst the original mantra remained firm - "to provide clients with the opportunity to discover and explore the most beautiful areas of New Zealand in a relaxed and flexible way."

In 2001, current owners, Dennis and Vonnie Christian took over the family business. Proud Kiwis, with a strong commercial background, Dennis and Vonnie were able to take Flying Kiwi to the next level whilst retaining the crucial focus on personal, friendly and reliable service. Over the last 4 years new vehicles have been purchased as Flying Kiwi was firmly established as New Zealand's leading adventure travel company.

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A real area of focus for Dennis and Vonnie was to grow the business with a great emphasis on responsible tourism and in 2004 their hard work received its first commercial recognition. The company was named as the Chamber of Commerce Environmental Award Winner in 2004 and then again in 2006. In addition, other recognitions included the Chamber of Commerce medium business winner, export award finalist and finalist for the New Zealand tourism awards in 2007.

In 2010 the company received a Qualmark enviro silver award for the ongoing commitment to responsible tourism. Of particular note was the introduction of driver and vehicle tracking software to help assess and improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicles and trips in general.

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Over recent  years a number of "backpacker bus" and "adventure" companies have been and gone in NZ, with more due to launch over the coming years. Asked how he felt about the increasing competition, owner Dennis Christian commented that "it's certainly a competitive industry but our product still remains completely unique. Its the places we take people, the fantastic dynamics of the group and the superb relationships we have with other local, kiwi operators and our clients that continues to drive our business."

It certainly seems to be working as last year Flying Kiwi received its greatest accolade yet; being named by National Geographic as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth. The company was the top rated budget operator for customer satisfaction in all categories including multi sport, culture and hiking.


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So where next in the Flying Kiwi story? "We are happy with our level of growth and our current focus is on continuing to increase the range of choices clients have on our trips - we are working hard to ensure that clients have a fantastic range of options to choose from everyday and that each option reflects the best of kiwi service and responsible tourism" assured Dennis.

It certainly seems they're on the right track and if you're the kind of traveller who wants to experience something a little different, hang out with the locals and get healthy while you travel there's really only one choice - jump on board with Flying Kiwi. 


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Flying kiwi Adventure Tours also trades under the following brands:

"Flying Kiwi Wilderness Expeditions"

"Adventure Tours with Flying Kiwi"