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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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7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour

7 days from Auckland to Christchurch

Auckland city, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 6 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 37 times in the last 7 days
 

Journey from the Auckland via Rotorua, Napier and the capital city of Wellington.  Fly to Christchurch, the garden city, and explore the gateway to the South.

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3 day West Coast Glaciers and Tranz Alpine to Christchurch

3 days from Queenstown to Christchurch

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 28 times in the last 7 days
 

From Queenstown you’ll travel the Kawarau Gorge and spectacular Haast Pass to the pristine wilderness of the West Coast.  With 2 nights in Franz Josef you have time for a glacier adventure of your choosing.  From there continue north on the rugged West Coast road to Greymouth where you’ll catch the world renowned Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch. 

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5 day Southern Alps Circuit Christchurch to Christchurch

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Landscape of Arthurs Pass
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 28 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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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 39 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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5 day Southern highlights

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

TSS Earnslaw Cruising Lake Wakatipu
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 24 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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3 day Tranz Alpine and West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tranzalpine train, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 20 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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Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 35 times in the last 7 days
 

Travel from Wellington to Queenstown over 4 days on this independent coach tour. Take a whale watching tour, visit Franz Josef Glacier, ride the TranzAlpine scenic train, plus much more!

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2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour

2 days from Auckland to Auckland

Port Russell, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 35 times in the last 7 days
 

Experience the tropical Bay of Islands including the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds and a dolphin cruise to the hole in the rock.

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Essential New Zealand

10 days from Auckland to Christchurch

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 9 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 29 times in the last 7 days
 

From the north to the south, this journey will see you experience all the essential New Zealand destinations. Get up close and personal with the Maori culture, be amazed by the scenery onboard the TranzCoastal Train and cruise on the world renowned Milford Sound.

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Outstanding New Zealand

13 days from Auckland to Christchurch

Wellington, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 12 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 26 times in the last 7 days
 

Immerse yourself in everything that is New Zealand. From inspirational culture, breath taking scenery and array of activities on offer, there is something on this exceptional tour that will appeal to all tastes. Sit back and relax as you are about to be introduced to Outstanding New Zealand.

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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!

Sue knight, Grand Pacific 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand, Travelled on 17th January 2019
Very helpful. Cannot say anything negative about the booking or tour itself. All good. Many thanks
Bruce & Kristy Ford, 4 Day Southern Circuit, Travelled on 1st February 2019
Great trip. We loved it! Easy transportation to most beautiful fiord with seals and waterfalls. Fantastic!
Mary & Stephen Orange, Kirra Tours 11 day Southern Discovery, Travelled on 13th January 2019
What an amazing time we have had. A truly wonderful experience. We saw so much of the South Islands astounding beauty on a well organised schedule. Everything was so well coordinated and laid on for us. Kirra Tours are amazing. We had one of the...

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