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Independent Coach Tours are a great way to see the best of New Zealand. Touring New Zealand by coach gives you the freedom to relax, knowing all the driving is taken care of. Looking for something special? Contact our team of New Zealand Specialists to create your very own custom New Zealand Tour Itinerary.

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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 10 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with an extended stay in Mt Cook National Park. Includes Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers as well as a journey on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train across the Southern Alps.

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  • Includes coach travel with Great Sights to Paihia and a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a full day adventure to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach and a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock.

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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 3 day tour.

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  • This 10 day is one of our most popular, taking in the best of the South Island. With a great balance of included activities and free time, plus of course the must see locations you get to experience.

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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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  • 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 TranzAlpine Scenic Train to Christchurch. 

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  • This 3 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.

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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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  • 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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