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Sunday 26 April, 2015

New Zealand Coach Tours - which one for you?

To self drive or join a New Zealand coach tour - that is the question!

We are often asked whether holidaying in New Zealand is better by self driving a rental car or by joining an escorted coach tour.  Of course, there are pro’s and con’s that need to be considered and it largely depends on the style of vacation that suits you best.

Guided coach tours certainly offer relaxing days when you can ease back into your comfortable coach seat and enjoy New Zealand’s spectacular scenery through wide panoramic windows.  Being more elevated in the coach means you’ll see everything!

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Cleddau Valley Fiordland National Park

Having a professional driver, and often a tour director as well,  means all the daily logistics and details are taken care of.  You’ll depart each morning on time so that there is no rushing during the day.  Refreshment and photo stops are synchronised and any activities planned for the day are carefully scheduled.  It might sound a little “organised”, but it works and you don’t have to think about anything.  Each day will roll out beautifully.  Your luggage will be magically delivered to your room each night, you’ll always have a seat in the hotel restaurant for dining and you’ll always arrive at sightseeing and activities right on time.

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When selecting an escorted coach tour, take into account the number of days you have available for your New Zealand tour, the standard and style of accommodation you prefer and the meals & sightseeing included.  Some people prefer all meals to be included, others like to have more options to dine out independently.  For excellent value for your holiday dollar, low cost escorted tours that stay in good quality 3-3.5 star tourist hotels will be the way to go.  If you prefer a little more luxury with a premium guided tour, then look for tours staying at 4 star hotels and resorts.

You’ll be travelling with other people and this can be a wonderful opportunity to socialise and make new friends from all around the world.  Even some silly ones!

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Typically the maximum coach capacity will be 48 people, travelling in comfort with onboard bathroom and dual doors for easy entry and exit.  Although the coach capacity might be 48, often some departures will have fewer people.   If you prefer a more intimate experience, a “small group” tour might be more suitable.  These tend to travel in smaller coaches, typically without onboard bathroom, and can visit gorgeous places just a little off the beaten track.

If the choices seem a little mind-boggling, free free to contact us for some good, sound advice on manager@southpacifictravellers.co.nz.

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What our clients say
We were lucky to travel a fair bit and New Zealand is still the most beautiful country of the world so far. Especially the South Island. Breathtaking landscapes at each bent of the road.
We suffered most of the weather in the north. Some of the bays and the drives were wet wet and grey. Some roads flooded too but we were able to drive through most of the time.
Cape Reinga was in such a thick fog that we could not see our feet.
Otherwise, we were lucky with blue sky and sun for all the tours and walks. The Abel Tasman national park is still one of our favourite area. Great walks. And I even had a swim or two while waiting for the return boat. A bit chill but so refreshing. Kevin wasn't that adventurous.
We've learned that the Tasman sea is 4°C warmer! Nicer to swim but it will probably cause more storms/ cylones.
After Te Anau, we changed our program a bit to drive back via the west coast which is more spectacular. And when in Fox Glacier the sun was there again after the rain and we booked a scenic flight over the glaciers and Mount Cook. One of the best impulsive decision we ever made.
There's a lot of other countries we still have to discover but we are nevertheless thinking to come back. Probably with a campervan this time to have more freedom. Because some days, the driving was a tad too long.

We should be ambassadors for NZ because we don't cease to talk about your magnificent country, beyond the call of beauty, to every body. Lots of pictures too on Instgram.

Thanks again for your help and organisation.

K & I, Australia - Feb 2018
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