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Independent Coach Touring

Price from £1723 per person

Independent Touring with Thrifty Tours

These tours are designed for those who prefer to retain their complete independence, but nevertheless value the certainty and security of following a pre-booked, well-planned itinerary. Using regular scheduled coach, train and ferry services, you’ll travel independently and without an escort, but will meet other guests, helpful drivers and guides providing commentaries throughout the tours. Transfers between train, coaches and your accommodation are provided as part of your tour. There is a choice of accommodation standard, Farm Stay options are available and all essential sightseeing is included. Tours range from 3 to 14 days in length and our reservations staff will be happy to send you a copy of the Thrifty Tours brochure with details of the full range of tours available.

An outline of their popular 10 day Essential New Zealand tour from Auckland to Christchurch is shown below:

Day 1 Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua
Included sightseeing – Waitomo Caves.
2 nights Rotorua with a choice of accommodation options

Day 2 Rotorua
Included sightseeing – Te Puia, Paradise Valley, Agrodome, flight by helicopter or floatplane over Rotorua.

 Day 3 Rotorua – Wellington
Overnight Wellington with a choice of accommodation options

Day 4 Wellington – Picton – Christchurch
Included sightseeing – Interisland cruise, TranzCoastal train from Picton to Christchurch.
Overnight Christchurch with a choice of accommodation options

Day 5 Christchurch – Dunedin
Overnight Dunedin with a choice of accommodation options

Day 6 Dunedin – Te Anau
Overnight in Te Anau with a choice of accommodation options

Day 7 Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown
Included sightseeing – Milford Sound cruise.
3 nights Queenstown with a choice of accommodation options

Day 8 & 9 Queenstown
Included sightseeing – Skyline Gondola

Day 10 Queenstown – Mt Cook – Christchurch
Included sightseeing – Mt Cook National Park and visit to the Hermitage.
Tour concludes in the early evening.