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Customisable Independent New Zealand Coach Tours

Travel where you want when you want at your own pace on a custom New Zealand coach tour. Created by our experienced consultants these suggested independent tour itineraries are just like a self drive tour, without the driving! Browse our unrivalled range of independent tours and contact us to turn a suggested itinerary into your perfect New Zealand tour.
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14 Day New Zealand Vista

14 days from Auckland to Christchurch

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Interislander Ferry, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 14 days/13 nights in Hotel 3 star
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The 14 Day New Zealand Vista Tour takes you on a journey of discovery.  From Auckland you’ll travel south all the way to Milford Sound.  Along the way you’ll marvel at the glow worm caves of Waitomo, experience rural life at Agrodome and explore our unique Maori culture at Te Puia and Tamaki Village.  After crossing the Interislander ferry to Picton you’ll head south to Christchurch, then on to Mt Cook National Park where you’ll spend a night at the Hermitage Hotel.  Dunedin is next before you continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for your spectacular nature cruise.  Heading north you spend 2 nights in Queenstown with a special dinner at Walter Peak before crossing to the West Coast glaciers.  The final leg of your journey takes you back to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine scenic train.

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5 day Southern highlights including Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Majestic Milford Sound
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 5 days/4 nights in Motels
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 181 times in the last 7 days
 

A 5 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

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9 day Coast to Coast

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Dunedin railway station, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 9 days/8 nights in Motels
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 Viewed 131 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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Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 day experience

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

Hobbiton, Matamata
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 3 days/2 nights in Hotel 4 star
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 65 times in the last 7 days
 

Visit Waitomo Caves, the Rotorua Agrodome, Te Puia, Mitai Maori Village, Hobbiton Movie Set and Wai-O-Tapu thermal area on this action packed 3 day tour.

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7 day Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Queenstown, South Island
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 7 days/6 nights in Motels
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 Viewed 68 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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13 day North to South Lord of the Rings Explorer

13 days from Auckland to Christchurch

Ride to Rohan, Land of the Horse Lords & visit Edoras atop Mt Sunday
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 13 days/12 nights in Hotel 3 star
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 Viewed 44 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore New Zealand highlights on this wonderful Lord of the Rings themed tour. Superb scenery and fantastic inclusions

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3 day Tranz Alpine , Glaciers and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
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 Independent (daily departures)
 3 days/2 nights in Hotel 4 star
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 Viewed 54 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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Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

Cape Rainge, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 3 days/2 nights in Motels
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 Viewed 47 times in the last 7 days
 

This 3 day tour includes coach travel with Great Sights, a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a Russell mini tour, a full day adventure to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach plus a Hole in the Rock Cruise.

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11 day Explore New Zealand

11 days from Auckland to Christchurch

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Waitomo limestone caves
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 11 days/10 nights in Motels
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 Viewed 87 times in the last 7 days
 

This 11 day tour allows you to experience the highlights of New Zealand.  In the North Island you’ll experience the unique Maori culture in Rotorua and the glowworm caves of Waitomo.  Then fly south for an exploration of the natural wonders of the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Milford Sound, the West Coast Glaciers and Queenstown.

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Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 4 day package

4 days from Auckland to Auckland

Mitai Maori, New Zealand
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 Independent (daily departures)
 4 days/3 nights in Hotel 4 star
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 40 times in the last 7 days
 

Visit Waitomo Caves, the Rotorua Agrodome, Te Puia, Mitai Maori Village, Hobbiton Movie Set and Wai-O-Tapu thermal area on this action packed tour plus one full day in Rotorua to explore or relax at leisure.

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