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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 with Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Winter Al Fresco mountain dining
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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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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Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga Deluxe 3 day tour

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

Cape Reinga Lighthouse at Sunrise
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 107 times in the last 7 days
 

Experience the Bay of Islands, tropical Northland including Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach plus the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds. A cruise to the hole in the rock is also included.

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Glaciers Overnight

2 days from Queenstown to Christchurch

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Arial view of Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 92 times in the last 7 days
 

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

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5 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton

5 days from Auckland to Auckland

Hobbiton, Matamata
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 91 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 5 day itinerary.

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3 day Tranz Alpine , 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 78 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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Best of the North

5 days from Auckland to Auckland

Te Puia Maori, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 70 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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6 Day South Island Explorer

6 days from Wellington to Christchurch

Milford Sound New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 54 times in the last 7 days
 

Experience the best of the South Island on this 6 day independent coach tour from Wellington to Christchurch, with highlights including Milford Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook National Park.

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Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 day experience

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

Hobbiton, Matamata
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 54 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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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 55 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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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 54 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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We offer you an amazing range of escorted all-inclusive tours and specialised small group tours plus our famous daily departure, tailor-made independent touring itineraries.

Why choose New Zealand's leading coach tour travel agent? It's about being sure you'll see the best:

  1. We specialise in New Zealand. Nothing else. 100% New Zealand.
  2. You get the best price for your tour and we guarantee it.
  3. Our experienced team is based right here in New Zealand.
  4. We have first-hand experience of the tours we sell.
  5. Legendary dedication to service excellence.
  6. Secure payment options for your peace of mind.
  7. Operating since 2004 and our guests love us.
  8. Because your visit to New Zealand deserves to be the best.
  9. We represent only the best escorted coach touring brands — Thrifty ToursGrand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific Ultimate Small Group ToursKirra ToursAAT KingsHaka ToursStray Journeys

    Talk to one of our team today to find and book the New Zealand coach tour that's right for you.

Customer Reviews

We have been showing visitors around since 2004!

Ankara & Bill Rosser, Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience, Travelled on 16th February 2019
You were very helpful and the trip was great. The people of New Zealand were more than helpful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our travel mates. The coach was well designed and we enjoyed moving seats from day to day allowing everyone time at the front...
Margaret & Wayne Holland, Spectacular New Zealand Highlights, Travelled on 10th February 2019
Nichole White was exceptional from the day we contacted her to the day we completed our amazing holiday in New Zealand. She planned our whole trip for us and made all the arrangements which went off splendidly and without once incident. All...
Gerald Gillmore & Paula Nurius, Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery, Travelled on 24th February 2019
Our 11-day tour of the South Island was perfect. The planning went without a hitch. Paul was a great driver, host, and guide. He is very thoughtful and knowledgeable. Hotels were very nice. Food was extraordinary. Maybe the best part was the people...

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