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Mitai Moari village cultural experience
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Embark on a journey of Middle Earth and New Zealand. Visit official sites used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, whilst visiting some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

  • Viewed 126 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$3,291

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Heritage Tramway in Christchurch
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • From Wellington take the stunning journey on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton where you’ll follow the Pacific Ocean coast south through the marine wildlife mecca of Kaikoura to Christchurch.  After 2 nights in Christchurch you’ll cross the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook National Park.  The final leg of your travels takes you to the alpine resort of Queenstown.

  • Viewed 85 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$1,413

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Take a canoe or a kayak out on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the South Island.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days onto if you have extra time.

  • Viewed 35 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$2,898

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Enjoy a Maori cultural performance at Mitai Maori village
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Experience the North and South Island on this 10 day tour. Highlights include Auckland. Rotorua, Christchurch , the Tranz Alpine train, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and Mt Cook National Park.

  • Viewed 147 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$4,125

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A hongi at Te Puai Maori village
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • This great 10 day tour day tour has it all. Explore Waitomo Caves, Tamaki Maori Village, Hobbiton Movie Set,Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown and Milford Sound.

  • Viewed 108 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$3,790

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The view over Lyttleton Harbour in Christchurch
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds and wildlife mecca of Kaikoura.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days if you have extra time.

  • Viewed 23 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$1,644

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Drive the scenic and unique Lindis Pass route
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 4 star
  • From Auckland travel south exploring the culture of the north island. Cross the Cook Strait and after a night in the wine-growing region of Marlborough you continue south to Kaikoura for a whale-watching cruise, then onto Christchurch.  From Christchurch, you cross the Canterbury Plains towards the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook where you get close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Lake. The alpine resort of Queenstown is your final destination where you’ll spend two nights, allowing enough time for the ultimate adventure a scenic flight to Milford where you cruise the fiord before returning to Mt Aspiring National Park for the Dart River Safari.

  • Viewed 57 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$4,124

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The Te Puia Maori experience
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • This 11 day tour allows you to experience some of the highlights of New Zealand in a short time.  Some superb inclusions ensure a varied and exciting tour.

  • Viewed 130 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$4,445

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Weta Cave & Workshop entrance in Wellington
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Embark on a journey of Middle Earth and New Zealand. Visit official sites used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, whilst visiting some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

  • Viewed 138 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$3,228

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Sunset over Mt Cook
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown.  Along the way you’ll travel through heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island.  While in the South Island you have opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura and plenty of time to explore the spectacular scenery of Queenstown.

  • Viewed 27 times in the last 7 days
low season price pp

NZD$2,340

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