New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours

Choose from a selection of New Zealand’s most popular escorted coach tours for a hassle-free holiday. Everything is catered for including accommodation, sightseeing activities, and the services of experienced tour guides. Relaxing Journeys is New Zealand’s top selling New Zealand coach tour specialist, due in part to our guaranteed lowest pricing and dedicated customer service.

NEW ZEALAND ESCORTED COACH TOURS

All New Zealand
Escorted Coach Tours

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 experts to ensure you discover the real New Zealand.
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Both Islands
Escorted Coach Tours

New Zealand’s most popular escorted coach tours visiting both the North and South Islands.
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North Island
Escorted Coach Tours

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.
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South Island
Escorted Coach Tours

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, crystal clear rivers, and magnificent fiords unique to New Zealand.
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Special Interest
Coach Tours

Single travellers, train and rail buffs, green thumbs plus LOTR fans. Aviation and airshow devotees as well as lawn bowls enthusiasts – we have a New Zealand special interest coach tour that has been designed with you in mind!
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NEW ZEALAND ESCORTED COACH TOUR OPERATORS

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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 as well as touring styles offer something for every travel style and budget.
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If your interest is in the rugged alps and splintering glaciers of the South Island, the unique geothermal pools and proud Māori culture of the North Island, or the subtropical 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.
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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.
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There is no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand than on an escorted coach tour from Kirra Tours. Kirra Tours offers two great touring options to choose from – Premium small group journeys and Classic all-inclusive coach holidays representing excellent value for money. So sit back, relax, and let Kirra Tours take care of everything from the moment you arrive.
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Grand Pacific Tours is a NZ Coach Holiday specialist with an extensive range of tours aimed at the mature age traveller. GPT offer 5 styles of travel – Affordable; Signature; Ultimate Small Group; Cruise & Coach and Special Interest Tours, with over 200 GUARANTEED departures per year. All tours are fully inclusive, you will hardly have to put your hand in your pocket when in NZ!

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We work with only the leading New Zealand coach touring operators, including AAT KingsAPT TouringGrand PacificTravelmarvel 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 has a price guarantee in place that ensures you will not find a better price for your coach tour anywhere else in the world. To help you choose the operator best suited to you, view our comparison chart of New Zealand coach touring operators.

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.

Tour Departures
Independent Coach Tours: Depart daily
Escorted Coach Tours: Start on scheduled departure dates

Tour Itinerary
Independent Coach Tours: Can be customised to suit your travel plans and requirements
Escorted Coach Tours: Itineraries are fixed, but often with ‘extra’ touring options available

Tour Cost
Independent Coach Tours: Slightly more expensive depending on inclusions and accommodation
Escorted Coach Tours: Generally cheaper depending on inclusions and accommodation

Group
Independent Coach Tours: Fellow travellers join and leave each day
Escorted Coach Tours: You travel as group – some travellers may join or leave at certain points on the itinerary

Stay
Independent Coach Tours: Fellow travellers stay in different accommodations
Escorted Coach Tours: Your group stays at the same accommodation

Driver / Tour Guide
Independent Coach Tours: Your driver provides commentary (on most legs), but your driver changes at each stage of your trip
Escorted Coach Tours: You normally have a driver and a dedicated tour guide who travel with you

Transport
Independent Coach Tours: You travel on Great Sights, Newmans and InterCity coaches, KiwiRail and Taieri Gorge trains, and the Interislander ferry along with local sightseeing operators
Escorted Coach Tours: You either travel on the same coach throughout your journey, or a different coach on each island. Escorted tours also utilise train journeys on KiwiRail and Taieri Gorge trains and the Interislander ferry.

Guaranteed Departures
Independent Coach Tours: Independent coach tours always depart
Escorted Coach Tours: Set departures are guaranteed to depart. More guaranteed dates available as year progresses

Age Group
Independent Coach Tours: Age groups are open and vary from departure to departure
Escorted Coach Tours: Age groups are open and vary from departure to departure

All escorted coach tours use luxury 5-star coaches that can hold up to 49 people. On-board features include flat screen plasma TV, DVD player and CD player, as well as a 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!

Escorted coach tours include a coach driver/guide or a driver and a coach captain who will make sure everything runs smoothly. They can assist you in booking any optional activities as well as providing you with tour commentary and support when you reach your destination.

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 as well as 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.

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 to book your holiday click here.

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.

We have a comprehensive weather section that explains the best times to visit New Zealand. To read more, please click here.

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.

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 700 NEW ZEALAND ESCORTED COACH TOUR REVIEWS

Choose from 53 Independent New Zealand tours designed to meet the needs of the traveller who is seeking the flexibility of an independent holiday, daily departures, and the assurance of a well planned, pre-booked itinerary. Relaxing Journeys are New Zealand’s top selling touring specialists, due in part to our guaranteed lowest pricing and dedicated customer service.

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Low Cost Coach Tour
29/10/2018
The rapport between Hope the tour guide and Stuart the bus driver from AAT Kings was excellent and set the tone for the whole trip. Having a 2 day stop in Queenstown was welcome and prepared for the next days in the bus. All stops were interesting, everything was on time and the hotel personnel were friendly and attentive.
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Low Cost Coach Tour
29/10/2018
This was the most amazing experience. NZ is just the best place to visit. The tour company had everything in hand and the booking Ange you ensured that all went smoothly. Everything was organised down to the last detail so for me there was nothing I had to do but sit back relax and enjoy. Cannot fault any aspect if the trip and will certainly recommend this type of holiday to everyone planning a trip. Many thanks.
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Special Interest Tour
25/10/2018
The tour was very good, but possibly might have been better to cover one island at more of a leisurely pace (preferably the South Island). Trying to cover both Islands was very tiring. But over all a great tour. One I would recommend.
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5
Low Cost Coach Tour
16/10/2018
It was very well planned and managed. We had no problem during this entire tour. Our tour guide, Mary Cooper, was excellent and took care of everything for everyone in our group. The coach driver, Ricky Orr, drove us throughout the trip with great safety and caution. Excellent service by everyone. Enjoyed it all the way. The only thing I would have liked during this trip was to have more options for vegetarian meals.
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4
Low Cost Coach Tour
15/10/2018
Good experience overall. The pace was just right. Not too rush, although we could have spent a bit more time at some places.
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All New Zealand Escorted Coach Tours Reviews