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What better way to see New Zealand's best spots in a short time than on an Independent Coach Tour, where all you need to do is hop on and off at your chosen spots. These 5 - 9 day tours are a great way to get a taste of New Zealand without the commitment. Try it out - we guarantee you'll want to come back for more.

If you see something you like but want to make a few changes, simply get in touch and one of our New Zealand specialists can tailor your New Zealand itinerary to suit you perfectly.We specialize in custom and tailor-made New Zealand Road trip tours, holidays and packages. 

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  • Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent coach touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island, visiting all the must see destinations and enjoying a selection of exciting activities along the way. Cruise through Milford Sound with Real Journeys, visit the spectacular Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glacier region, and travel through the Southern Alps on the stunning TranzAlpine scenic train route.

    Looking to do this popular south island coach tour while our international borders are still closed? Some elements are currently paused, so please contact us to discuss the best options for your holiday.

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  • This is one of our most popular 9 day South Island touring itineraries. Travel the coastline from Christchurch to Dunedin with an afternoon to explore the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Cross the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. Then visit Milford Sound and a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise. Return to Queenstown for 2 nights and a full day to explore at your leisure. Your journey continues north to the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. A full day to fully enjoy the regions walks and unique activities. Then its onto Greymouth where you board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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  • Journey through the heart of the North Island on this 5 day tour from Auckland to the capital city of Wellington.  Highlights along the way include Waitomo Caves, the unique Maori culture and the art deco city of Napier.

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  • 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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  • Visit Waitomo Caves, the Rotorua Agrodome, Te Puia, Tamaki Maori Village, Hobbiton Movie Set and Wai-O-Tapu thermal area on this action packed 5 day itinerary.

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  • This classic 9 day tour introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.

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  • Embark on a journey of Middle Earth and New Zealand. Visit official sites used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, whilst visiting some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

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  • This 7 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Begin with the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train, then there is time to explore the west coast glacier regions, the alpine-adventure town of Queenstown and the breath taking Milford Sound.

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  • Starting and finishing Christchurch this tour visits Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers before taking the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey across the Southern Alps.

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  • Located off the South coast of New Zealand Stewart Island is a haven for brown kiwi, weka, kaka and even the rare yellow-eyed penguin. Just off-shore is Ulva Island a predator-free paradise for dozens of native species. Only home to around 400, the island is yet to be visited by many New Zealanders.
    This tour starts in Queenstown and journeys through to Invercargill before crossing to Stewart Island for a few days exploration. If you'd rather start from Dunedin or ANYWHERE else then get in touch and we can adjust things to suit you.

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