Experience the spell-binding beauty and unforgettable adventure that New Zealand can offer you on an independent tour taking in both main islands. From sandy beaches in "the winterless North" to towering mountains and awe-inspiring fiords in the South: a NZ-wide independent coach tours offers you a chance to take in the full diversity of our small island nation. Experience the beaches, Maori cultural experiences, geothermal wonders, wind and food, bustling cities and 'Middle Earth' attractions of the North Island. Then see the sheer beauty of the south's ancient forests, unique native fauna, glaciers, towering mountains, historic towns and cities, and adrenalin-producing activities!
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.
Enjoy 3 days of spectacular South Island travel as you travel New Zealand's southern regions with Thrifty Tours. Staying in comfortable motel accommodation, you will visit the majestic Franz Josef Glacier, travel the wild west coast, visit Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, and ride the stunning TranzAlpine scenic train, finishing up in the beautiful resort town of Queenstown.
Immerse yourself in everything that is New Zealand. From inspirational culture, breath taking scenery and array of activities on offer, there is something on this exceptional tour that will appeal to all tastes. Sit back and relax as you are about to be introduced to Outstanding New Zealand.
From Auckland you’ll travel south all the way to Milford Sound. Along the way you’ll marvel at the glow worm caves of Waitomo, experience rural life at Agrodome and explore our unique Maori culture at Te Puia and Tamaki Village. After crossing the Interislander ferry to Picton you’ll head south to Christchurch, then on to Mt Cook National Park where you’ll spend a night at the Hermitage Hotel. Continue south to Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford Sound. Spend 2 nights in Queenstown with a special dinner at Walter Peak before crossing to the West Coast glaciers. The final leg of your journey takes you back to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine scenic train.
From the north to the south, this journey will see you experience all the essential New Zealand destinations. Get up close and personal with the Maori culture, be amazed by the scenery onboard the TranzCoastal Train and cruise on the world renowned Milford Sound.
The 17 day Ultimate Explorer visits Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Tamaki Maori Village, Hobbiton Movie Set, explore glacier lakes, Milford Sound, Dart River Safari jet boat tour, TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner, a boutique wine tour and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train plus much more.