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Queenstown dining
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 162 times in the last 7 days
  • 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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NZD$1,445

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Visit the magical Hobbiton
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 159 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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NZD$1,485

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Enjoying the view over Cape Reinga
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 170 times in the last 7 days
  • 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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NZD$885

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Take a tour of Tasman Glacier Lake with Glacier Explorers
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 91 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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NZD$1,164

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Autumn Colours, Central Otago
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 95 times in the last 7 days
  • Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train, The wild West Coast, Visit Franz Josef Glacier, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Gibbston Valley, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook National Park.

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NZD$1,395

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Te Puia Maori warriors
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 136 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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NZD$1,795

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Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 127 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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NZD$1,536

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Maori cultural experience at Mitai Maori village
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 177 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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NZD$1,307

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Exploring Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 121 times in the last 7 days
  • Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6-day itinerary. Includes the Speights Brewery Tour, a Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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NZD$1,575

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Landscape of Arthurs Pass
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 98 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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NZD$1,463

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