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Travelling New Zealand's South Island by bus & coach is easy with our range of Thrifty Tours. Departing daily from the main centres such as Christchurch and Queenstown our tours can also be customised to suit you perfectly. If you have a particular interest in Lord of the Rings, or would like to visit the South Islands natural wonders such as Milford Sound and Franz Josef Glacier - our knowledgeable agents can create tailor made itineraries perfectly suited for you! 
Stay longer in places that interest you, mix up the accommodations, or add in activities that you want to do. Just talk to our expert team to get the best flexible South Island tour.

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 2 days/1 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Prices start from NZD$695pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touringWildlife & nature

Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train • The wild West Coast • Visit Franz Josef Glacier •  Lakes Wanaka and Hawea • the Gibbston Valley • Queenstown

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NZD$695
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6 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 6 days/5 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$2,745pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touring

Starting and finishing Christchurch this tour visits Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers before taking the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey across the Southern Alps.

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NZD$2,745
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4 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 4 days/3 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$1,443pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touring

Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train, The wild West Coast, Visit Franz Josef Glacier, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Gibbston Valley, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook National Park.

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NZD$1,443
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9 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$2,179pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touringWildlife & nature

This classic 9 day tour introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.

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NZD$2,179
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5 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 5 days/4 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$1,595pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
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6 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 6 days/5 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$1,862pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star
  • Independent Daily Departures

See the South Island by coach and railway on this 5-day tour, travelling round-trip from Christchurch. Hear informative commentary on your sightseeing coach, gaze at the scenic Southern Alps while aboard the TranzAlpine train, and visit the World Heritage–listed Fiordland on a Milford Sound cruise with lunch. Overnight stays in Fox Glacier and Queenstown allow for plenty of free time to explore New Zealand’s magnificent glaciers and national parks before you return to Christchurch through the beautiful region of Mount Cook.

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NZD$1,862
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2 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 2 days/1 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Prices start from NZD$755pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touringWildlife & nature

Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train • The wild West Coast • Visit Franz Josef Glacier •  Lakes Wanaka and Hawea • the Gibbston Valley • Queenstown

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NZD$755
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7 days Map
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Prices start from NZD$1,825pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touringWildlife & nature

This 7 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Begin with the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train, then there is time to explore the west coast glacier regions, the alpine-adventure town of Queenstown and the breath taking Milford Sound.

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NZD$1,825
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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • 2 days/1 night Journey from Queenstown to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$820pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Accommodation style to this tour suggestion is Motels
  • Independent Daily Departures
Family touringWildlife & nature

Highlights include: Queenstown • the Gibbston Valley • Lakes Wanaka and Hawea •  Visit Franz Josef Glacier • the wild West Coast • The world famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train

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NZD$820
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