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Thrifty Tours

Thrifty Tours

Headquarters in Wanaka, New Zealand

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  • Southern Circuit - 4 Days reviewer 1

    Southern Circuit - 4 Days

    Written on April 10th, 2021
    The tour was well organized and the drivers were accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Thank you for helping me make memories!
    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback, Melissa! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour!
  • Alpine Explorer - 5 Days reviewer 2

    Alpine Explorer - 5 Days

    Written on July 16th, 2020
    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The accommodation and travel was all very well planned. We truly couldn't be happier. South Island is a treat to the eyes and we…
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    Dear Sruthi, Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback! We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your time in the South Island and we are thrilled to have been a part of it!
  • BH

    Outstanding New Zealand - 13 Days

    Written on March 30th, 2020
    We were scheduled for a 13 tour of the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The coronavirus reduced that tour to about 5 days. We had travel, tours, accommo…
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    Hi Brenda, Thanks for the positive feedback. Am glad that you got to enjoy the first 5 days of your tour before coronavirus caused you to have a change of plan. I hope you are able to come back to New Zealand in the future to enjoy the aspect of your tour you missed out on. All the best, Elyse @ The Thrifty Team
  • DW

    Southern National Parks - 10 Days

    Written on March 22nd, 2020
    Fantastic! I was pleased with the accommodations, especially at Mt Cook. I love that I was in the motel where I could walk in and out from my room sit and see t…
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    That's fantastic feedback Deborah! I'm glad to hear you had a great time here in New Zealand, especially in Mt Cook!
  • SR

    Southern National Parks - 10 Days

    Written on March 17th, 2020
    I couldnt fault this trip if I tried. There was moments when we had no connection and were concerned and the team helped us straight away to get in contact with…
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    That's so great to hear Sarah! I hope you had a great time here in New Zealand! We really value this feedback.
  • PB

    Tranz Alpine, Glaciers and Queenstown - 3 Days

    Written on March 12th, 2020
    Very good communication Very good information at bus tour Only aisle seat on train because tourradar hasn't asked for when booking (it‘s necessary to request ot…
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  • SG

    Middle Earth Discovered - 8 Days

    Written on March 7th, 2020
    Wonderful experience- saw the most beautiful places in New Zealand, great tour guides, relaxed pace, and good balance of activities and free time to experience …
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    Hi Stephen, Thanks for the great feedback, and fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your time here in New Zealand! Kind regards, The Thrifty Team
  • WS

    Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton - 3 Days

    Written on February 19th, 2020
    Bus transfers were great. Activities were well organized and interesting. Copthorne Hotel looks good in the lobby and dining room but guest rooms need updating.…
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    Hi Wayne, We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with a few aspects of your tour. As an independent tour, you are correct that this is a selection of coaches, activities and accommodation put together to create an action packed itinerary over two days to experience the best of Rotorua and surrounds. We usually select an express coach later in the day to return to Auckland so that you also have free time to explore, but the we are able to customise to suit. We hope that overall, you enjoyed your time in New Zealand. Kind regards, The Thrifty Team
  • L

    Glacierland - 7 Days

    Written on January 29th, 2020
    Fast Tour. Well organised. Saw the best of the South Island. Only change I would do is stay in Franz Josef Glacier instead of Fox Glacier as there are more opti…
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  • RB

    Southern Highlights - 5 Days

    Written on January 10th, 2020
    The staff who helped book our tour were truly wonderful, and provided a high level of communication. Unfortunately our trip was interrupted by rock slides and …
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    Thrifty Tours commented on this review
    Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, and yes you did travel during some interesting weather! We are happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves regardless. Warm wishes, The Thrifty Team via Tour Radar

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About Thrifty Tours

It's all about enjoying the flexibility of travelling where you want when you want with all arrangements and the driving taken care of by experts. Our itineraries include: accommodation to suit you; coach, train and ferry travel; and carefully selected activities and attractions. They offer the security of knowing you are making the most of your time in New Zealand and everything is arranged. All you need to do is enjoy the experience! This is truly stress-free travel with full support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from our New Zealand based team.


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Our coach operators have improved their contact tracing procedures and encourage passengers to bring their own PPE. All activities you partake in will provide hand sanitiser when boarding and will deny attendance to any passenger feeling unwell

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Questions & Answers

  • When is the best time to go to New Zealand?

    New Zealand is beautiful in every season, but the best time to come really depends on what you would like to do. Please contact our Travel Experts for any recommendations and we will find a tour for you!
  • What is the South Island like?

    If you love mountains, vineyards and dramatic scenery, then the South is the island you'll enjoy the most. With the Southern Alps running the length of the country you’re never far from some of the most remarkable views in the country. Renowned for it’s hiking, the South has five of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks,’ multiple award-winning wineries, glaciers, rainforest, lakes and dusty plains. It is also home to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown!
  • What is the North Island like?

    If you're more of a sun and sand kind of person, then the North Island is for you. It is significantly warmer than the South Island with many accessible surf beaches, coves and sheltered bays. The North is also home to geothermal Rotorua, all of New Zealand's active volcanoes, and the country’s capital city Wellington. It boasts the longest beach in New Zealand (Ninety Mile Beach) and its sub-tropical Bay of Island region is renowned for its white sand and crystal clear waters. Perfect for that tropical paradise!
  • Which island should I visit? The North, South or both?

    This entirely depends on your travel times. Ideally, you would do both! Both islands are stunning and each island has unique individual attractions. However, if you have limited time we recommend choosing one island to thoroughly explore as opposed to trying to rush them both. There's always next time!
  • Do the coaches have toilets on board?

    Thrifty has a fleet of modern coaches that have an onboard bathroom. However, for some travel periods, Intercity coaches will be used and these coaches do not have bathrooms on board. Please keep in mind that the coaches on all tours will usually stop every two hours on average for bathroom breaks and photo opportunities.
  • What time do the coaches leave?

    Each tour has a different start and end time. Please contact our Travel Experts if you require a daily breakdown for the tour you are interested in.
  • What are the coaches like?

    Thrifty has modern coaches that are fitted with superior suspension for comfort, air conditioning, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom. Please note that for some travel periods Intercity coaches will be used and therefore bathrooms may not be on board. Either way, the coaches are comfortable and guarantee you spectacular views!
  • What is an independent coach tour?

    An independent coach tour is like a bespoke self-drive holiday without the driving.

 Where you would need to arrange your plans around an organised tour itinerary, Thrifty's customised coach tours are unique to you. They fit around your flights and any other commitments you might have while you are in New Zealand. Explore New Zealand your way!

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