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Independent coach tours starting in Christchurch

Christchurch is the ideal starting point for your New Zealand tour. Explore the Southern Alps, lakes and glaciers, iconic Queenstown or Dunedin's wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. There is so much to enjoy on the 'mainland'.

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5 day Southern Highlights with Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Milford Sound New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
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 Viewed 118 times in the last 7 days
 

Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island. Cruise through Milford Sound, visit Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glaciers, and travel on the TranzAlpine scenic train.

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3 day TranzAlpine Glaciers and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 55 times in the last 7 days
 

From Christchurch you’ll cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.  On reaching the ruggedly beautiful West Coast you’ll follow the coastline south to Franz Josef where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.  From your base in Franz Josef you’ll have time to explore the pristine wilderness of Westland Tai Poutini National Park and the fabulous glaciers.  Leaving the glacier region you’ll continue south through the stunning Haast Pass to the Southern Lakes region and the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown.

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Christchurch to Milford Sound and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 31 times in the last 7 days
 

Enjoy the scenery of Canterbury, the Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park before arriving into Queenstown. Take a fully escorted day tour to Milford Sound with Real Journeys.

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8 day South Island Scenic Explorer

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Avon River, Christchurch
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 7 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 45 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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5 day Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes

5 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tasman Glacier Lake, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 28 times in the last 7 days
 

This 5 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Along the way you will explore Mt Cook National Park, before continuing on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, for a few days of relaxation or exhilaration - you decide!

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2 day TranzAlpine and West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown

2 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tranzalpine Rail Route
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 54 times in the last 7 days
 

Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train • The wild West Coast • Visit Franz Josef Glacier •  Lakes Wanaka and Hawea • the Gibbston Valley • Queenstown

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4 day Glaciers, Queenstown and Milford Sound highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Autumn Colours, Central Otago
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 30 times in the last 7 days
 

Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train, The wild West Coast, Visit Franz Josef Glacier, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Gibbston Valley, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook National Park.

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6 day Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glaciers

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

New Zealand independent tours
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 10 times in the last 7 days
 

Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6 day itinerary. Includes the Taieri Gorge Train trip, a Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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10 day Southern National Parks tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Queenstown gondola, view from the top
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 9 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 17 times in the last 7 days
 

This 10 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with and extended stay in Mt Cook National Park. The trip includes Queenstown, Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers, as well as a ride on the TranzAlpine scenic train.

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13 day Southern Parks and Scenic Trains

13 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Larnach Castle, Dunedin
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 12 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 18 times in the last 7 days
 

This 13 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with multiple night stays in Queenstown, Mt Cook and Dunedin.  Also includes Doubtful Sound and the West Coast Glaciers as well as two scenic train journeys.

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Sheila and Satish Rao, TranzAlpine Glaciers and Queenstown, Travelled on 16th March 2020
We enjoyed every minute of our TranzAlpine and Queenstown your. Jo did an outstanding job of organizing our itinerary and everything went smoothly.
Edgar Frank Walter & Maria Jandira de Camargo Mancuso, Contrasts of New Zealand, Travelled on 10th March 2020
We loved New Zealand and the tour was well prepared and everything worked fine. We had, however, some communication problems during the tour. But on the last days of the tour, Christina took over our trip and gave us excellent support.
John & Laurel Godfrey, Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga Deluxe tour, Travelled on 7th March 2020
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