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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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South Isalnd Best Seller
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

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Highway on a beach
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 166 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
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 120 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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3 day TranzAlpine Glaciers and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

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Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 112 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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5 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton

5 days from Auckland to Auckland

Hobbiton, Matamata
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 102 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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Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 day experience

3 days from Auckland to Auckland

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Hobbiton, Matamata
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 93 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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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
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 87 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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Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 4 day Experience

4 days from Auckland to Auckland

Cape Reinga, North Island
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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This 4 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 and a full day to relax or explore more in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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5 day Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes

5 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tasman Glacier Lake, New Zealand
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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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 87 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.

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  4. We have first-hand experience of the tours we sell.
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  7. Operating since 2004 and our guests love us.
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    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!

Jennifer & Marjorie Kawi, Best of the North Tour, Travelled on 30th August 2019
Great trip! I would certainly recommend this! Apart from some minutes of uncertainty when we got dropped off at Matamata with minimal instructions as to pick up for the next location, everything was well-planned and organized. If you want to be able...
Stephen & Nina Warner, 5 day Southern Highlights Tour with Milford Sound, Travelled on 25th August 2019
A big thankyou to yourself, as the trip went like clockwork it was very well organised with the bookings, and the itinerary was very detailed and self explanatory which made the trip easy and simple to follow for first time travellers to NZ.A...
Brian & Natalie McDonnell, 8 day South Island Encounter, Travelled on 22nd June 2019
Kia Ora Shelley, Thank you so much for your help when we called you to plan our first trip to New Zealand. You were so helpful and knowledgeable with recommendations about ‘must see’ experiences during our visit. New Zealand is the most...

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