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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

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What our clients say
First of all thank you for organizing such a nice trip in your beautiful country. We have driven 3300km and enjoyed every minute. Itinerary was well prepared and well balanced between driving and having time for ourselves.
We didn’t have a problem with the car and accommodation was in general very good. Our pick was Hydrangea Cottages, in Punakaiki following The Quadrant Hotel in Auckland but most of other places were in a similar standard. Our trip went according to the plan except that we didn’t manage to sea Waitomo caves because they were fully booked. If we knew we would book in advance, nevertheless we we were advised to experience nearby scenic walk which was awesome. Our highlights:
1) Charming Queenstown where we experienced unforgettable Shotover river jet boat …. We will be back
2) Mildford Sound boat trip….we were lucky having good weather
3) Polynesian Spa and TePuia in Rotorua
4) Wellington …interesting city
5) And all the scenic NZ roads especially from F Josef to Queenstown and from Te Anau to M. Sound
6) A enjoyed Transpord World museum in Invercargill where we sight tracked just for this purpose. A stated that this was the best car museum he has ever seen….and he has seen a lot.
Linda, now looking at the photos, we are already missing our good time in NZ , we will be back in a few years. Thanks again for your organizing of our trip so professionally, we are glad we chose this way of traveling rather than campervan. We definitely would recommend you to whoever would be interested to visit your country.

J & U, A & B, Australia -
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