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 the operator best suited to you, view our comparison chart of New Zealand coach touring operators.
Choose from a selection of New Zealand’s most popular escorted coach tours. No-hassle coach tours with everything catered for including accommodation, sightseeing activities and the services of experienced tour guides. Relaxing Journeys are New Zealand’s top selling New Zealand coach tour specialist, due in part to our guaranteed lowest pricing and dedicated customer service.
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FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Independent Coach Tours: Depart Daily
Escorted Coach Tours: Start on scheduled departure dates
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
Independent Coach Tours: Slightly more expensive depending on inclusions & accommodation
Escorted Coach Tours: Generally cheaper depending on inclusions & accommodation
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
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 & a dedicated tour guide who travels with you
Independent Coach Tours: You travel on Great Sights, Newmans and Intercity coaches, KiwiRail & 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 & Taieri Gorge trains and the Interislander ferry.
Independent Coach Tours: Independent coach tours always depart
Escorted Coach Tours: Set departures are guaranteed to depart. More guaranteed dates available as year progresses
Independent Coach Tours: Ages groups are open and vary from depature to departure
Escorted Coach Tours: Ages groups are open and vary from depature to departure
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 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 you 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 & 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 & dedicated customer service.