Combining all of New Zealand’s key destinations– HEADFIRST TRAVEL NEW ZEALAND. We get you to all the great spots! Find out about us and what we stand for here.

Our Core Purpose:

To Bring Alive Local Legends (BALL) for visitors while transporting them to exciting destinations & attractions via our entertaining “BALL Team” (Special Bus Drivers with the ‘juice‛ who want their passengers to have a ball).

We align ourselves with a set of Values that help us to achieve this purpose every day. These are:

  • Leaves no‐one stranded
  • Keeps their Promises ‐ On time every time
  • Reads the Play – are Flexible & Responsive
  • Provides positive, memorable interactions
  • Respects the Environment, the People, the Assets
  • Reflects & embraces New Zealand heritage and culture
Don, our Bottom Bus BALL Team member.

Don, our Bottom Bus BALL Team star!

How it all began:

Back in 1993 Ralph and Rose were on a South Island holiday and jumped in to the mid-winter waters at Curio Bay in their underwear. It was the first time they had visited the Catlins and followed a penguin encounter the previous day at Nugget Point. After five years overseas Ralph realised it was all on his back doorstep and after settling in Dunedin started running tours to the Catlins.

“Every day was as much an adventure for me as the passengers” says Ralph, as the tours started developing and rave passenger reviews followed. It was always about exposing real and raw kiwi iconic attractions, legends and adventures and still is today.

Whilst passengers are not going skinny dipping everyday there is something about creating these kiwi interactions which lifts the standard of the tours and ensures they are memorable.

Bottom Bus evolved out of the Catlins tour linking up with backpacker innovators Kiwi Experience. Rugby tours were and still are a hit – a real kiwi experience for visitors. Then a move up North came to include Waitomo and the Rotorua Thermal areas. Penguins in Oamaru and the grand house on the hill in Dunedin – Larnach Castle, are also now part of the legendary areas Headfirst Travel visit.

The dedicated BALL team (Bringing Alive Local Legends) turns it on for all visitors and is mentored by Ralph who, whilst still enjoys his time behind the wheel, is now dreaming up new adventures.

Ralph Davies, company co-founder