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The planning basics for your tour of New Zealand

Spending a little time deciding what is important to you is invaluable in ensuring you get the New Zealand experience you expect. Some things to consider are:

  • How much you want to see?
  • How much you want to spend?
  • How much time spent travelling on a coach would you be comfortable with?
  • Is the type of accommodation important or would you rather focus on seeing and doing things?
  • What interests you have?

Making these few initial decisions will enable you to focus on what is important to you.

Don't leave it too late to make arrangements

Many of New Zealand's popular destinations such as Queenstown, Te Anau, Bay of Islands and the West Coast Glaciers are always heavily booked in advance. We can always find you somewhere to stay of course but it may not be your first, second or even third choice. This isn't a "hurry - book now" ploy, it's a genuine piece of honest advice that if followed means you get the best choice.

Don't underestimate the size of New Zealand

The average speed at which your coach will travel throughout New Zealand is around 80kph (50mph). We have very few motorways / freeways or 4 lane highways and that's probably one of the reasons you want to visit here. Consider including some 2 night stays in different areas. This will all you to explore the activities and attractions on offer, rather than travelling every day.

The weather shouldn't effect when you visit

Any time is a good time to visit New Zealand. Whether the mountains of the South Island are covered in snow, baked in sunlight or shrouded in mist they are still beautiful. See weather information.

The 'tourist season'

Our peak season (when most visitors are here) is Jan to March. Kiwis generally take their holidays in January. While it's our peak season it's not like rush hour in London or 5th Avenue. But a small country like ours does have limited accommodation and limited space on the best tours and activities. If you want to visit during these times then plan well ahead.

Beware outdated guidebooks & internet content

The internet and guide books are great. Where would we all be without them nowadays? Remember, though, that an article in a guide book is out of date the moment it's published. The same goes for many internet articles and information — the internet still relies on humans to update it! Specialist tour planning companies like New Zealand Coach Tours offer the latest and most up to date advice and recommendations. We are constantly improving our knowledge, getting feedback from guests, friends and colleagues. And this information and experience is used to create your itinerary you can be assured of honest, accurate and impartial advice.

See our frequently asked questions page for some more advice.

Leave it to the experts

Leave it to the experts. Leaving the planning to the experts is always a good idea and well thought out itineraries, schedules and activities ensure you enjoy a relaxed and hassle free tour. It costs no more to have your tour planned and created by our New Zealand based experts.