First up is the addition of the Kiwi Encounter conservation centre stop, which will be included in all North Island itineraries. Kiwi Experience passengers will get a special discounted price for the centre and the opportunity to get up close with New Zealand’s token flightless bird.

Following a refurbishment, as of mid-January 2015, most National and South Island passes will include an overnight stop at Lake Mahinapua. Activities like basketball and lakeside bike rides will keep you busy outside, and a West-Coast style pub with local beers and hearty meals will fill your evenings.

An optional add-on for North Island travellers is the Rangitikei Farm overnight stay, offering an authentic New Zealand rural experience to tie off your trip nicely. Some nice, earthy farmyard activities should do you some good and it’s a great chance to see what everyday life is like for Kiwi sheep farmers.

 You’ll find all the information you need on obtaining Kiwi Experience passes over at their website.