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New Zealand South Island Independent Coach Ideas

7 to 9 Day Travel Itinerary

Travelling New Zealand South Island by bus & coach is easy with our range of Thrifty Tours. Departing daily from central loactions our tours can also be customised to suit you perfectly. So if you want a flexible itinerary designed just for you then call the New Zealand touring experts today and create your perfect holiday package.

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Relaxing by the Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 114 times in the last 7 days
  • A great 8 day tour which introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.

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NZD$2,430

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Dunedin's beautiful 'gingerbread' railway station
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 134 times in the last 7 days
  • This is one of our most popular 9 day South Island touring itineraries. Travel the coastline from Christchurch to Dunedin with an afternoon to explore the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Cross the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. Then visit Milford Sound and a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise. Return to Queenstown for 2 nights and a full day to explore at your leisure. Your journey continues north to the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. A full day to fully enjoy the regions walks and unique activities. Then its onto Greymouth where you board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,695

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A beautiful sunny day in Queenstown
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 101 times in the last 7 days
  • This 7 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Begin with the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train, then there is time to explore the west coast glacier regions, the alpine-adventure town of Queenstown and the breath taking Milford Sound.

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NZD$1,475

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Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 79 times in the last 7 days
  • This classic 9 day tour introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.

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NZD$2,079

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Cashel Street tram in Christchurch
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 150 times in the last 7 days
  • A very popular 9 day South Island touring itinerary. Travel the South Island coastline to Dunedin with an afternoon to explore the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Cross the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. Then visit Milford Sound and a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise. Return to Queenstown for 2 nights and a full day to explore at your leisure. Your journey continues north to the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. Then its onto Greymouth where you board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,848

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Setting Sail, Doubtful Sound
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 85 times in the last 7 days
  • This 7 day Fiordland Explorer tour visits Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Lake Te Anau's Glow Worm Caves and leaves you with time to experience the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.

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NZD$2,593

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TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 85 times in the last 7 days
  • Starting and finishing in Queenstown explore the wonderful Alpine resort town before heading into Milford Sound. Then head north to explore the unique West Coast and the Glacier region.

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NZD$2,699

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Dining outside on the Queenstown waterfront
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 95 times in the last 7 days
  • This classic 9 day tour introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Fiordland, Milford Sounf and the West Coast Glaciers, and includes the TranzAlpine scenic train journey.

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NZD$2,812

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Wine tasting at Rippon vineyard on Lake Wanaka
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 125 times in the last 7 days
  • This 8 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Begin with the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train, then there is time to explore the west coast glacier regions, the alpine towns of Wanaka and Queenstown and the breath taking Milford Sound.

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NZD$1,713

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The Tranzalpine train cruising across the Craigieburn Straight
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 75 times in the last 7 days
  • Arrive into Christchurch then cross the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine train. Explore the West Coast Glaciers before heading south to Queenstown. Venture into Milford Sound for a wonderful full day experience and cruise. The World Heritage area of Mt Cook National Park is also a highlight.

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NZD$2,174

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