Choosing a New Zealand Coach Tour
Touring New Zealand by coach is a great option. You get to see and experience the best the country has to offer and someone else gets to do the organising, driving and ensuring everything goes to plan.
There are 3 main types or styles of coach touring available in New Zealand. These are Independent touring, escorted touring and small groups. An explanation of each type is below.
1) Independent coach touring
Independent coach tours are the most popular way of exploring New Zealand by coach. As the name suggests they offer flexibility and independence to design a tour that suits you. Our range of independent tours use a combination of tour operators such as Great Sights, Newmans, Real Journeys, Bush and Beach plus many more to create a seamless experience. We can combine and create these operators with our vast selection of accommodation style and activities to create a coach tour that fits you perfectly. Best of all, these tours can be created to depart on any day.
Its worth noting that on this type of tour you don't travel with the same group throughout. Many of the other travellers will be on their own independent tour and will have a different itinerary to you.
View our full range of independent tours here.
2) Escorted coach touring
Escorted coach tours are operated by companies such as AAT Kings, Grand Pacific Tours and Kirra Coach Tours. This type of tour has set or specific dates on which they start and finish. You can of course add more days at the start or end of these tours. Usually you travel with the same group throughout (anything up to 48 passengers) and in most cases you have the same driver/guide or coach captain. Some companies also have a tour director on board. Itineraries are set and inclusions vary but there are always lots of opportunities to add or participate in optional activities. Items such as luggage porterage and check in at hotel is all taken care of for you meaning all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery and hospitality.
View our full range of escorted tours here.
3) Small group touring
This style of touring is effectively the same style as the escorted tours but with smaller vehicles and usually the maximum number of guests is between 12 and 20. Small group tours also tend to visit a little more off the beaten path locations or may have specific interests such as hiking or cycling. Accommodations can also be a little different as smaller boutique properties can accommodate the smaller groups. These more intimate tours have specific departure dates and set itineraries although we can add pre and post tour arrangements if you wish.
View our full range of small group tours here.
No matter which touring style you choose you can still be guaranteed to see the best New Zealand has to offer and relax in the confidence that everything is taken care of.
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Information on New Zealand regions and locations
Auckland - regional informationAuckland City and its surrounds
North Head Historic Reserve
Northland - regional informationCape Reinga
Bay of Islands
Coromandel PeninsulaCoromandel Peninsula
Central North IslandRotorua
Tongariro National Park
Nelson regionNelson City
Mackenzie regionLake Tekapo
Stewart IslandStewart Island
FiordlandFiordland National Park