About Thrifty Tours New Zealand

Over 30 years of New Zealand touring

Showing visitors around New Zealand is what we love to do. Our range of flexible tour packages depart every single day and with more than 200 great ideas to inspire you we offer the largest choice. Our team of New Zealand touring specialists can modify any of our ideas to suit you perfectly. With hundreds of accommodation and activity ideas to choose from, we can tailor-make the ideal itinerary for you.
Based in Wanaka overlooking the lakes and mountains of the South Island, our team has first-hand knowledge of everything New Zealand. This means you get the best local, relevant and up to date advice when planning your New Zealand holiday.

Why and how to book your Thrifty Tour

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Meet the team here

Staff list
Chelsea Lodge
Chelsea Lodge

Travel Specialist

Before I joining Thrifty Tours, I spent time on the ice at Scott Base in Antarctica and worked as a travel guide in New Zealand. Now I look forward to helping you explore in New Zealand. As an avid chocolate fan I also encourage you to try our delicious Whittakers, the creamy milk is something special!

My favourite place: Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, it's not just beautiful, the sandboarding there is fantastic fun.

Telephone: +6432228021
Christina Brockie
Christina Brockie

Travel Specialist

I have worked as a New Zealand travel specialist for many years, so I know plenty of hidden gems and local secrets across the country.  When I'm not at work planning other peoples awesome holidays, I love to get out on my mountain bike and also catch as many live music concerts as I can!

My favourite place: Hot Water Beach. At this amazing location, you can dig a hole in the sand and wait for the thermally heated water to rise up, creating your own personal hot pool!

Telephone: +6434430892
Liz Wilson
Liz Wilson

Sales Manager

A problem solver at heart Liz is here to make sure our team of consultants have all the tools they need to make your New Zealand holiday dreams come true.

My favourite place: Raglan. Add this to your itinerary if you like to surf or just want to explore one of New Zealand's quirkiest small towns.

Telephone: +6434430842
Louise Barrett
Louise Barrett

Travel Specialist

Australian's like myself LOVE New Zealand. The cities are small and full of character and you're never too far from an adventure.  Send me an email today and let's kick start your holiday now!

My favourite place: Queenstown, like me you'll love the adventure!

Telephone: +6434430895
Shelley Ryder
Shelley Ryder

Travel Specialist

I have been at Thrifty Tours for many years now, so I have a wealth of knowledge and am 100% focused on making sure your journey is completely focussed around YOU. I grew up in New Zealand and spent many holidays venturing along the shores of this glorious coastline. If you're after a little adventure then get in touch and let me help.

My favourite place: Marlborough Sounds, is such a stunning and tranquil setting.

Telephone: +6434430846

See what other guests have to say abut Thrifty Tours

Check out the latest 10 reviews below or see all our reviews here.

Testimonial list
Wasa Jobson & Leilani Williams, Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 day experience, Travelled on 13 Jul 2021

Highly recommended to book your holidays through Thrifty Tours!! All drivers were professional, friendly and on time for picking up and dropping off. This was from Auckland, Rotorua, Waitomo, Matamata and back to Auckland. Thanks, Chelsea for putting our itinerary together. Thanks Wasa and Leilani 👌🙏

Holly Vigo Nelson, A Custom 10 day Southern National Parks, Travelled on 17 June 2021

Wonderful experience! Tour was well organised and catered just for me. Would definitely book with them again. Thanks to Christina for being so helpful.

Nicholas Pailliez, 11 day Lakes, Mountains and Glaciers Tour, Travelled on 22 April 2021

Had the trip of a lifetime doing an 11 day south island tour! Shelley was very helpful and reassuring, and the trip was overall very well organised especially in terms of punctuality. Got to see the best scenery imaginable, and with no hassle. Only comments would be the eye-watering price of the tour, potentially due to borders only just opening? And an unnecessary day in Greymouth towards the end of the trip which could be removed. All in all would definitely do again. Thanks!

Michael & Patricia Kramer, 5 day Southern Highlights with Milford Sound, Travelled on 9th December 2020

Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful holiday. Everything went smoothly and was so easy. Very impressed with the private charter from Queenstown to Franz Josef to Greymouth. Richard our driver was friendly, gave us great advice, information and was a good driver too. All our other private transfers were punctual, friendly, professional and made us feel welcome. We also used Liz from Christchurch Touring to take us back to the airport on Monday morning. The coach tour to Milford Sound was wonderful - another excellent driver and tour guide. We drove through snow for about an hour between Queenstown and Te Anau! Scenery so lovely with hills and surroundings blanketed in snow. Milford Sound cruise was fun and although it was raining we still loved every minute. All the accommodation was of a high standard too. We certainly made some wonderful memories. Thanks for all you did to make our holiday so memorable.

Zula Delger, 2 day TranzAlpine and West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown, Travelled on 25 Sep 2020

Thank you for your excellent arrangements. It made my solo travel so much easier. The train journey was awesome, and the shuttles were super - on time expecting me. Although, the Intercity bus that took us from Franz Josef to Queenstown had no proper heating despite the cold and wet weather. Forget the inconvenience, the driver had to stop several times to wipe the foggy windows, which was not very safe to continue driving.

Anna-Leigh Gledhill, A Southern Highlights with Milford Sound, Travelled on 21 Sep 2020

Thank you to Christina Brockie and Thrifty Tours for doing such a great job organising my South Island tour. The service I received was very professional and helpful. With Covid-19 impacting transport services, my trip would've been stressful to plan out, so I'm glad I let Thrifty take care of it for me. I'd happily use Thrifty again!

Colleen Lau, 8 day Southern Lakes to the Southern Alps, Travelled on 26 Jul 2020

Louise had been exceptional making this tour work during this difficult time, with a lot of activities unachievable due to floods, works of natures and what have you. She must have waved her magic wand and booked me in to the places I have on my bucket list! My first time in South Island as a domestic tourist had been amazing and now I finally understand why overseas tourists save up to come here!

Sarah Hoon & Grace Ng, Southern National Parks tour, Travelled on 15th March 2020

What a week it ended up being, with the COVID situation rapidly escalating the week of travel and each day bringing fresh news updates that brought lots of uncertainty to our plans! We were really thankful we had engaged Thrifty Tours to help us plan the travel - we initially had thought of planning it ourselves to save on costs. But as it turned out, engaging Thrifty Tours not only took a load off our minds during planning, being able to easily customise our plans without a lot of research on our side. The company also turned out to be an invaluable help during the trip when plans had to be changed last minute and eventually cancelled due to the COVID situation. It really helped to have them on board to help sort out the changes/cancellations/refunds so we could focus on finding our way home. Thank you for that, appreciate the good service!

Sue Hunt, Jennifer Hughes with Stephen and Jennifer Langsbury, Customised Southern Highlights with Milford Sound - 3* Hotels (original), Travelled on 8 Mar 2020

Thank you so much for all your help. Our south island tour was simply the most wonderful experience, and we had 7 days of seeing the most outstanding scenery, and visiting some beautiful places, the south island of New Zealand is simply breathtaking. Everything was organised to perfection on our tour, thanks again to you - we never had to wait for any pickups, all staff we came into contact with were always friendly & courteous & coach drivers obliging, funny, enjoyed a chat & were all very careful drivers. The coaches on all the routes were very comfortable & all stops en route supplied lovely food & snacks. All accommodation booked by you was lovely & comfortable, the Rainforest Lodge at Fox Glacier was out of this world, stunning rooms set in the most beautiful New Zealand scenery & dinner in the restaurant that night there was great. The TSS Earnslaw trip was wonderful, a must for anyone to do, the BBQ lunch sumptuous & mouth-watering meats served up, the best beef & lamb we have tasted in a long while! The excursion to Milford Sounds breathtaking, what an amazing & serene place, took my breath away from the beauty of it all. Our lunch at the Hermitage another highlight, superb & it was a beautiful day that we were there so we got stunning views of Mt Cook. Accommodation at the Heartland was fabulous, my sister & I sat on our balcony with a nice glass of New Zealand wine overlooking the lake & The Remarkables, I will remember that moment for a long time, weather again nice & sunny during our stay there. Queenstown is a lovely place, vibrant & buzzing. I did the Gondola ride, worth every penny, loved it. TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch amazing, very comfortable, and well worth the ride, stunning views from the huge windows. Thank you again, Louise, for all your help, patience & guidance & I would not hesitate to recommend Thrifty Tours to any of my friends here in the UK wanting to see the spectacular South Island of New Zealand in style.

Romeo Dumitrescu, A Custom Upper North Island Adventure, Travelled on 4 Mar 2020

Just to confirm that - after two re-bookings :) - arrived safely and (surprisingly) without delay back in Zurich. I had a very good experience with the trips you booked for me, many thanks again. I have very much appreciated the quality of the information you provided to me, the speed you answered to me, and, in general, your professionalism - really enjoyed being advised by you. All trips were done also professionally, with clear customer focus, and practically without any significant delays. Very knowledgeable guides, fantastic places, a very good experience all in all. I will certainly return at some point in the future, New Zealand is a great country...

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