New Zealand Independent Tours

Choose from a selection of 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.

NEW ZEALAND INDEPENDENT COACH TOURS

All New Zealand
Independent Tours

View all Independent Tours we offer, designed to meet the needs of the traveller who is seeking the flexibility of an independent holiday.
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Both Islands
Independent Tours

Choose from over 20 different independent Tours travelling the length of New Zealand which include rail, coach, cruising and ferry trips combined with the assurances of a well planned, pre-booked itinerary at a very reasonable cost.
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North Island
Independent Tours

A completely different experience from the South Island, read through our itineraries, and you are sure to find the perfect North Island holiday experience. And remember, we can add and take off days in the middle, start or end of your tour to suit your requirements.
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South Island
Independent Tours

Discover the majesty of New Zealand's South Island on one of our independent coach and rail tours. This is 'Lord of the Rings' country, awe inspiring landscapes, glaciers, rivers and fiords that you will not find anywhere else in the world.
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Independent
Fly & Coach Tours

If you are short on time but still wish to see as much of New Zealand as possible, why not try a New Zealand tour that combines coach transport with a domestic flight. We have a selection of coach & fly tours that start and finish in Auckland or Christchurch!
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FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Relaxing Journeys team (based in Auckland) will organise your entire indepdendent coach holiday. We pre-book all your travel arrangements including coach, rail and ferry transport, accommodation, transfers between your transport and accommodation as well as key sightseeing activities. We provide you with a full detailed itinerary and arrival instructions by email, then on arrival in New Zealand you’ll receive a comprehensive copy of your itinerary, travel vouchers and documentation pack. Our team is also on call, so if you run into trouble while travelling around our country – we are only a local call away!

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 & accommodation
Escorted Coach Tours: Generally cheaper depending on inclusions & 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 & a dedicated tour guide who travels with you

Transport
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.

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: Ages groups are open and vary from depature to departure
Escorted Coach Tours: Ages groups are open and vary from depature to departure

Relaxing Journeys independent coach tours operate using daily departing coach, train and ferry services. Coaching is on state-of-the-art Great Sights luxury coaches. Most coaches providing air-conditioning, reclining seats, wash room facilities, onboard video and multi lingual commentary. Where Great Sights is not available, transport will be on modern, air conditioned Intercity or Newmans Coaches.

Independent coach tours use superior coaches that can hold up to 49 people. Onboard features include air conditioning, reclining seats, on board bathrooms and intercom systems. However during some of the travel legs Intercity coaches are used and bathrooms may not be on board. Tours can fill up quickly so don’t leave it too late to secure your place on board!

While independent coach tours do not have dedicated tour leaders, the multi-talented coach drivers provide excellent onboard commentary on many of the legs during your journey. On each leg of your journey you’ll have a different driver/guide. As we offer daily departures, you do not travel with a set group of people or with a tour leader, giving you more day to day independence.

Independent coach tours are officially “open age” tours and visitors come from all over the world. There is often a real mix of travellers on these tours.

Relaxing Journeys provide 3 levels of accommodation on each independent coach tour itinerary – 4-5 star hotels, 3-4 star hotels and self catering motel as well as apartment accommodation. You choose the type of accommodation that suits you! The accommodation featured on all our independent holidays have been carefully chosen for their superior level of comfort, exceptional amenities, friendly staff as well as service and their convenient location.

All of of our New Zealand independent tours are flexible. We can add days to the itinerary, we can remove days and we can add pre or post tour accommodation if required. We’ll amend our itineraries to suit your travel plans, and provide you with ‘local knowledge’ to ensure your independent holiday is a relaxing one.

Your tour deposit is always paid by credit card and the balance is paid 45 days out from the start of the tour. To read more regarding how you book your holiday click here.

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

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 30 days out from your tour, then on your arrival in New Zealand you’ll receive another copy of your itinerary with your travel pack. If you prefer to travel light the emailed copy of your itinerary can be stored on your smart device and is all you need!

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. If you’d like more information on flights to and from New Zealand – click here.

All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor’s Visa for stays less than three months. Read more 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 recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time you book your flight. This will make dealing with your claim, should this be necessary, that much easier when you return home.

NEW ZEALAND INDEPENDENT TOUR REVIEWS

Relaxing Journeys past independent coach touring clients have sent us their feedback on their return home. Their comments and insights can help you decide on the itinerary best suited to your travel plans. We’ve listed the most recent reviews below.

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Independent Coach Tour
20/06/2019
My family enjoyed our tour. I would like to take this opportunity to compliment your staff Marie Sarmon for the excellent service she provided to us. She was prompt and kept us well informed all the way, she was extremely helpful, competent, attentive & professional in her interactions with us. Because of the exceptional experience we had with Marie we definitely will use your services and recommend our friends and family to your company in the future.
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5
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15/06/2019
Super professional all the way through. Even had a change and the matter was taken care of very quickly and efficiently.
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5
Independent Coach Tour
01/06/2019
Where do I start. The B&B's were wonderful loved the personal interactions with the owners. Warm cosy and great breakfasts. The tours we did were wonderful. The whole trip was so well planned the driving distance were good giving plenty of time to see the sights and say WOW..... Wow.... wow ....WOW especially on the west coast. Each corner we turned was something new. Just loved it.
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5
Independent Coach Tour
18/05/2019
A lot of time on buses in the first four days, but I wanted to see the South Island and I did! The tour ran smoothly -- no glitches!
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5
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01/05/2019
We were very happy with the tour Nicole set up for us. We were very nervous about going to a new country, not knowing exactly what to do and where to go, what to see. Nicole set up a perfect combination of active and restful. The hotels she selected were fantastic, comfortable, clean, lovely all around. The activities were fun and interesting, educational and exciting, especially the Skywalk in Auckland. Terrifying, but also exciting. We kept a travelogue on Facebook and have had many friends and family contact us, asking about what company we used. We tell them Relaxing Journeys is the BEST!
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All New Zealand Independent Tours Reviews