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New Zealand independent travel and tours - Thrifty Tours

Thrifty Tours have been showing visitors around for more than 30 years. Each of their tours and itineraries depart each and every day and can be customised to suit you. So changing accommodations, adding different activities or staying longer in your favourite place is easy. Talk to the team about your New Zealand independent travel.

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5 day Southern highlights including Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Majestic Milford Sound
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
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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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Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 day experience

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

Hobbiton, Matamata
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
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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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3 day Tranz Alpine , Glaciers and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
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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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8 day South Island Scenic Explorer

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Avon River, Christchurch
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 7 nights
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 Viewed 51 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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Best of the North

5 days from Auckland to Auckland

Te Puia Maori, New Zealand
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 4 nights
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 Viewed 53 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore the best of the North Island. Cruise the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands, visit the top of the country at Cape Reinga, explore ancient limestone caves, discover a pre-European Maori Village and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn after your tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

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11 day New Zealand Southbound Explorer

11 days from Auckland to Christchurch

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Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 10 nights
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An exciting 11 day tour that allows you to experience New Zealand's highlights. Beginning in the North Island, enjoy exploring Rotorua and Waitomo before flying south Rotorua to Christchurch for an exploration of the beautiful southern alpine regions including Mt. Cook and much more.

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5 day Southern Alps Circuit Christchurch to Christchurch

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Landscape of Arthurs Pass
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
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 Viewed 42 times in the last 7 days
 

Circumnavigate the Southern Alps on this 5 day tour.  Begin with the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey from Christchurch to the West Coast.  Continue your journey south to the West Coast Glacier region and onto the alpine ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you’ll spend 3 nights.  You have a free day to explore before your day trip to the pristine wilderness of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park.  Return to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park, where you’ll stop for lunch at the Hermitage.

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Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Experience

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

Paihia, Bay of Islands
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 2 nights
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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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5 day Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes

5 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

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Tasman Glacier Lake, New Zealand
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 31 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 exhileration - you decide!

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Majestic New Zealand

9 days from Auckland to Christchurch

Champagne Pool, Rotorua geothermal area
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 22 times in the last 7 days
 

Be captivated by some of the world's most stunning scenery at Milford Sound and watch it all go by on one of the world's best train journeys The TranzAlpine

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We have been showing visitors around since 2004!

Christine Hughey & Natalie Widaman, A Customised Alpine Explorer, Travelled on 11th September 2018
We had a delightful time during our tour of New Zealand. Christina Brockie was a joy to work with and provided excellent customer service.
Hansi Joachim & Bodil Irene Tempel, Majestic New Zealand, Travelled on 27th August 2018
Thank you dear Sarah and New Zealand Coach Tours for a perfectly arranged trip to New Zealand! Everything worked splendid! We were able to see most of New Zealand in 9 days, without feeling stressed! We recommend New Zealand Coach Tours to anyone...
Justine & Kevin Jellyman, 5 Day Southern Highlights Including Milford Sound, Travelled on 4th September 2018
We had a fabulous time on the 5 day southern alps tour. Everything went to plan including the weather ... amazing views!

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