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New Zealand South Island | Independent Daily Departures

2 to 3 Day Travel Itinerary

Travelling New Zealand by bus & coach is easy with our range of Thrifty Tours. Marvel at the sights of the South Island on this incredible 2-3 day tour. Departing daily from the main centres our tours can also be customised to suit you perfectly. So if you want a flexible itinerary designed just for you then call the New Zealand touring experts today.  Lets make your South Island holiday one to remember!

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  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
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  • Enjoy the scenery of Canterbury, the Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park before arriving int...

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    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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NZD$1,530

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  • Short and sweet, this tour to the glaciers is a New Zealand bucket list experience.

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NZD$1,690

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 312 times in the last 7 days
  • Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train • The wild West Coast • Vis...

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    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

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NZD$1,850

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  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 472 times in the last 7 days
  • A classic 3 day itinerary this tour gets you from Christchurch to Queenstown in comfort on reliable ...

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    A classic 3 day itinerary this tour gets you from Christchurch to Queenstown in comfort on reliable small group tours. Witness the West Coast and southern lakes whilst enjoying the TranzAlpine Scenic Train and a stay in Queenstown.

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NZD$2,183

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 340 times in the last 7 days
  • Enjoy the scenery of Canterbury, the Mackenzie Country and the Southern Alps on your way to Queensto...

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    Enjoy the scenery of Canterbury, the Mackenzie Country and the Southern Alps on your way to Queenstown. Then take the time to enjoy a fully escorted day tour to Milford Sound with Real NZ.

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NZD$1,490

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 368 times in the last 7 days
  • From Queenstown you’ll travel the Kawarau Gorge and spectacular Haast Pass to the pristine wil...

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    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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NZD$2,205

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 271 times in the last 7 days
  • Starting in Christchurch, head across to Greymouth and begin the journey of magical scenery! Hi...

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    Starting in Christchurch, head across to Greymouth and begin the journey of magical scenery! Highlights include: Queenstown • the Gibbston Valley • Lakes Wanaka and Hawea •  Visit Franz Josef Glacier • the wild West Coast • The world famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train. It is short and sweet but will fill you with absolute joy!

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NZD$2,100

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 316 times in the last 7 days
  • Two nights in Franz Josef on this tour gives you time to really enjoy the glacier to its full potent...

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    Two nights in Franz Josef on this tour gives you time to really enjoy the glacier to its full potential. Why not join a heli hike or Eco Tour to get you immersed in the glacier!

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NZD$3,165

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 306 times in the last 7 days
  • Highlights of this tour include, the TranzAlpine Train, Queenstown and Franz Josef.

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NZD$1,760

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand Independent Tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 361 times in the last 7 days
  • From Christchurch to Queenstown you'll experience the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, the rugged West Coas...

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    From Christchurch to Queenstown you'll experience the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, the rugged West Coast and Queenstown in just a few unforgettable days.

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NZD$2,030

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We can combine our Guided Coach Tours with a tailor-made independent tour in another part of New Zealand and then design a self drive holiday to finish off your itinerary.
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About New Zealand Fine Touring

New Zealand Fine Touring is the parent company of New Zealand Coach Tours. Started in 2004 New Zealand Fine Touring grew from a small home business to New Zealand's leading touring holiday planner. We operate many different channels such as New Zealand Coach Tours, New Zealand Self Drive Tours, Fine Tours New Zealand, Discover New Zealand, Thrifty Tours, Ski New Zealand, NZ Road Trip, Pure Journeys and our travel agent only business nzsidekick. Each channel specialises in a particulur style of touring holiday but we can also use our experience across all these channels to create a bespoke itinerary to suit anyone from anywhere. Check out New Zealand Fine Touring here.