New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours

“Choose from 61 of New Zealand's most popular escorted coach tours. No-hassle coach tours with everything catered for including accommodation, sightseeing activities & the services of experienced tour guides. Relaxing Journeys are New Zealand's top selling NZ coach tour specialist, due in part to our guaranteed lowest pricing & dedicated customer service.”
New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours
New Zealand Coach Tours
New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours (33)
Looking to discover all of our country? Search through our guided coach tours covering both islands of New Zealand. Each itinerary has been specifically designed by Kiwi's to ensure you discover the REAL New Zealand.
New Zealand North Island Coach Tours
North Island Escorted Coach Tours (12)
The North's landscape is all about rolling farmland, secluded coves, deserted beaches and ancient temperate forests. Our North Island coach tours allow you to discover the soul of New Zealand.
New Zealand South Island Coach Tours
South Island Escorted Coach Tours (16)
Discover the majesty of New Zealand's south on one of our South Island coach tours. The South Island is 'Lord of the Rings' country - awe inspiring landscapes, glaciers, cystal clear rivers and magnificant fiords unique to New Zealand.
New Zealand Special Interest Coach Tours
Special Interest Coach Tours (3)
Single travellers, train & rail buffs, green thumbs, LOTR fans, aviation and airshow devotees and lawn bowls enthusiasts - we have a New Zealand special interest coach tour designed with you in mind!


New Zealand Escorted Coach Tour Operators
AAT Kings Tours
AAT Kings Tours (16)
Tour with AAT Kings and you’ll join others from around the world who share a love of travel. We welcome everyone – couples, friends and solo travellers, the young and the young at heart – to come explore with us and make new friends for life along the way. AAT Kings diverse range of itineraries and touring styles offer something for every travel style and budget.
Grand Pacific Tours
Grand Pacific Tours (15)
Grand Pacific Tours coach holidays are aimed primarily at the mature age traveller; however they offer a variety of special interest tours that appeal to travellers of all ages. Offering three styles of "all inclusive" touring - Luxury Coach Holidays; Ultimate Small Group Touring and Special Interest Tours that represent the best value for money and include the highest quality standard of product.
APT Tours
APT NZ Tours (10)
If your interest is in the rugged alps and splintering glaciers of the South Island, the unique geothermal pools and proud Maori culture of the North Island, or the sub-tropical marine wonderland of the Bay of Islands, APT can promise you a coach holiday of New Zealand you will remember and cherish for years to come.
Kirra Tours
Kirra Tours (16)
Kirra Tours believe that a coach tour is one of the very best ways for you to see and enjoy all the wonderful scenery and activities New Zealand has to offer with guaranteed unequalled value. Offering a range of tours from the Highlights Coach Tour Series to the Ultimate Series means that you can see all New Zealand has to offer at a pace that suits.
Travelmarvel Tours
Travelmarvel Tours (4)
On a Travelmarvel holiday you'll enjoy personalised touring throughout your journey. No matter where you travel you'll be taken care of every step of the way. As a member of the well-known and always reliable APT, you can think of Travelmarvel as the "everyday touring option from APT."


Frequently Asked Questions
What New Zealand escorted coach operators do you partner with?
We work with only the leading New Zealand coach touring operators, including AAT Kings, APT Touring, Grand Pacific, Travelmarvel and Kirra Tours. Our close relationship with each coach operator ensures you are kept up to date with the latest guaranteed departure dates and specials. Relaxing Journeys have a price guarantee in place that's ensures you will not find a better price for your coach tour anywhere else - in the world. To help you choose between an operator best suited to you view our comparison chart of New Zealand coach touring operators.

Why should we book our coach tour through Relaxing Journeys?
That's easy! Click here for 10 great reasons to book your coach holiday to New Zealand with us. To find out what our previous clients think, read their testimonials here.

What's the difference between an 'escorted coach tour' (like those listed above), and an 'independent coach tour'?
There are three types of multi-day coach tours on our website, and we explain the pro's and con's of each type here to help you decide which will suit you best. The choice is yours, and we are here to help you decide, and to make booking your tour as relaxing as possible!

Luxury Coach TouringWhat are the coaches like?
All escorted coach tours use luxury 5 star coaches that can hold up to 49 people. Onboard features include flat screen plasma TV, DVD player and CD player and toilet. Exact facilities differ slightly between operators but all tour coaches are of luxury standard. Tours can fill up quickly so don't leave it too late to secure your place on board!

Do all the coach tours have tour guides?
Escorted coach tours include a coach driver/guide or a driver and a coach captain who will make sure everything runs smoothly, including booking any optional activities and providing you with tour commentary and support when you reach your destination.

What is the average age of travellers on a New Zealand escorted coach tour?

The escorted coach tours on this website are officially "open age" tours, but generally travellers are aged 50+ and come from all over the world. On escorted coach tours, you will be travelling with the same people during your tour and you will all be staying at the same accommodation. Entire families, groups of friends, solo travellers… you name them, they travel with us. Our diverse range of itineraries and touring styles all offer something for every travel style and budget. One thing you can be sure of is that every coach is an exciting and unique mix of nationalities and ages – so no one is ever the odd one out.

We are from outside New Zealand, do you take bookings from us? How do we pay for our tour?
Yes we welcome bookings from all over the world. Your tour deposit is always paid by credit card and the balance is then paid 45 days out from the start of the tour either by credit card or bank transfer. To read more regarding how you book your holiday click here.

Do we get any more information than that provided on your website?
Yes. After we receive your final balance you'll receive your full itinerary detailing tour times, pick up and arrival information etc. We will send this to you by email around 35-40 days out from your tour, then on your arrival in New Zealand you'll receive another copy of your itinerary along with travel documentation, your travel wallets and/or travel bags.

When is the best time to travel to New Zealand?
We have a comprehensive weather section that explains the best times to visit New Zealand.

Are flights included?
There are a few tours where we handle the domestic flights to and from certain destinations within New Zealand, however we do not book international flights to and from New Zealand unless they are included in the tour price. If you'd like more information on flights to and from New Zealand - click here.

Do you handle travel insurance?
We do not sell travel insurance, however we do have information on a few select providers if you are looking for a recommendation. We do recommend all coach tour participants organise travel insurance for their holiday.


Over 450 New Zealand Escorted Coach Tour Reviews
Over 450 of Relaxing Journeys past escorted coach touring clients have sent us their feedback on their return home. Their insights can help you decide on the coach tour operator best suited to your travel plans. We've listed the most recent reviews below. Click to view all escorted coach tour reviews from our past clients.

13 Day Ultimate Southern Highlights (Premium Coach Tour)

I loved every minute of my trip. The scenery was breath-taking. Our hotels were very centrally located, of a high standard and we had lake views in a number of them. Our guide, Ross, gave us an excellent commentary on our drives - and had a great sense of humour. I am raving about my trip to all my friends and would highly recommend this tour.

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9 Day Southern Spotlight (Low Cost Coach Tour)

I have enjoyed the tour a lot. Scenery is sooooo fantastic. Tour guide JP Hiroti is very knowledgeable and answered every questions we had. JP also gave very sound suggestions for options on where to go, what to eat, what to do, what to see. We felt very safe traveling in Eric's (the driver) coach. We were thankful for him to do the hardwork while we enjoyed sitting back & relaxing. All participants in the tour were humorous and funny. I like the idea of shifting a seat number each day so as to interact with different people. In terms of accommodation, Heritage Gateway hotel in Otago feels more like a motel. However, all hotels serve great breakfast and dinner. Internet connection is very limited considering people like to upload the photos they have taken as soon as possible on social media. Price can still be quite pricey for Asian travelers. Pretty much add-ons in tour is necessary to make this tour worthwhile.

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15 Day New Zealand Splendour (Premium Coach Tour)

The tour was well managed by Mark & backed up by his Driver Paul. Mark has a wealth of information on New Zealand & his anecdotes on local area events & history was very much appreciated. A couple of days were quiet long but had numerous stops to enable toilet breaks & to stretch one's legs to counter this. Paul, far from being just the Driver, had a number of tales to tell as well. Both did an excellent job & I would recommend them to anyone thinking of touring New Zealand as we did.

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14 Day New Zealand Vista (Low Cost Coach Tour)

My fourth trip to New Zealand, the coolest and windiest, yet least wettest (previous trips March '73 and '78, December 06). 'JP' was the perfect host, who went out of his way to assist one tourist in hospital on the last day, whilst coach driver Eric ensured comfort and safety right throughout the trip. I only slightly mark down the accommodation as I would like to see at least one safety bar on all separate shower recesses. Overall, I would rate the organisation and service of this tour at least the equal of any others I've been on in the past.

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9 Day Taste of the South Island (Low Cost Coach Tour)

We are so happy that we chose this tour! Right from the word go, our Tour Consultant Toni was so helpful and understanding - we felt at ease and comfortable with the arrangements we made online. Any questions we asked were answered promptly and in a friendly manner. Paul, our driver was a fountain of knowledge, expert driver, friendly and helpful - fazed by nothing. Such a nice guy! All of the hotels, without exception, were first class and the meals excellent. We found the total experience very rewarding and have made lots of new friends as a bonus. We have toured with other companies in Europe, USA and China over the years but Grand Pacific Tours is, without a doubt, number one in our eyes.

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