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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!

Cleddau Valley New Zealand

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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Dear Monique,

Wow! What an amazing experience! EVERYTHING went smoothly, and was as promised or better. For example, our car had a built in GPS (and I would strongly encourage everyone to get one as the road names were not well marked). Our hotels were gorgeous-from Quest Parnell which let us check in early (thank you!) to the hotel in Wellington which upgraded us to a Penthouse suite with a view of the harbor(unfortunately the fireworks were cancelled). All the hotels were amazingly comfortable, some modern, some more rustic-but great amenities, views, locations, etc. The tours were fantastic, too, with fascinating guides, wonderful locations, timely pick-ups, etc. It could not have been better! The estimated drive times were spot on, and the scenery...you are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country!

I will be writing reviews on TripAdvisor(but I just finally got back from vacation Friday night) -and you are more than welcome to have people contact me with questions. We appreciate all your efforts! I thought the trip itself was well-laid out-good to rest in Queenstown after that white knuckle driving over the pass-enough time everywhere to whet the appetite-and we all want to come back someday, now that the driving fear is lessened.

Thank you so much!

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