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Understanding Your New Zealand Coach Tour Options

Touring New Zealand by coach is a great way to see New Zealands' beauty. You get to 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.

1) Independent coach touring

Independent coach tours are the most popular way to explore 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. You transport will then be combined with carefully selected accommodation and activities to create a coach tour that perfectly reflects your interests and preferred style of travel.

View our full range of independent tours or find out more about independent coach touring.


2) Escorted coach touring

The traditional group touring experience, escorted coach tours are operated by companies such as AAT Kings, MoaTrek and Grand Pacific Tours.

Departing and finishing on specific dates these tours have set itineraries* and include specified activities with the option to add more. You'll usually travel with the same group and driver throughout the tour. Most meals and all arrangements, including hotel check in and luggage porterage are included. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery and hospitality.

View our full range of escorted tours or find out more about escorted coach touring.


3) Small group touring

Looking for a more intimate New Zealand experience? A small group tour might be just the thing for you.

This style of touring is very similar to escorted touring but with a smaller group of 12 - 20 guests. You'll visit more off the beaten path destinations and attractions or, perhaps, pursue a specific interest, such as hiking or cycling. Your accommodation may be a little different and include smaller boutique properties.

View our full range of small group tours or find out more about small group touring.

Regardless of the touring style you choose, you can rest assured you will see the best New Zealand has to offer and relax in the confidence that everything is taken care of for you.

Talk to us about arranging additional days at the start or end of these tours to create a personalised New Zealand experience.