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Why an Escorted Coach Tour is the perfect addition to a New Zealand Cruise

Pick up your passport, load your luggage and get ready for a Kiwi adventure, by land AND sea! Yes, we’ll say it, no cruise is complete without a little extra something – no traveller is ever satisfied with just one side of the geographical narrative, particularly when shore excursions only last for a few hours and then it’s back to the boat… once you step foot on the Land of the Long White Cloud, it will take a considerable amount of self-control to curtail your appetite for more. Much more.

Good news. It’s entirely possible to secure a combined holiday, punctuating the conclusion of your cruise with an unforgettable and oh-so-comfortable escorted coach tour. Air-conditioning, experienced guides, hospitable hotels and wonders galore, this adventurous juxtaposition will satisfy every intrepid bone if your body.

Tempted ?
While you turn the idea over, here are three more compelling reasons why a New Zealand coach tour is the perfect addition to your cruise vacation.

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Hobbiton’s Hobbit Hole
Ocean cruises only skim the surface of what is possible and accessible, relying on proximity to port and achievable distance to plot out their shore offerings. Don’t limit yourself to a tourist path well-trodden – you deserve to see the striking interiors, wild coastlines, rugged mountains, verdant national parks and numerous waterfalls dotting this pocket-sized nation. There’s more to New Zealand though, than these natural masterpieces – from flavoursome food experiences to cultural displays and spellbinding histories, you need to step off the ship and stay a while to uncover authentic Aotearoa.

  • Popular Tour Pick: 9 Day Northern Escape
  • Highlights: Take in the Te Wairoa Buried Village, enjoy The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, and explore the Wairakei Geothermal region, including the mighty Huka Falls.

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Mt Cook Stargazing
While you will be transported from place to place in luxurious comfort, your role as a traveller won’t be passive – the best coach tours New Zealand hosts target activities for every travel style. Traverse underground caverns and be dazzled by thousands of twinkling glow-worms; tap into your inner wild-side and jetboat across Shotover Canyon; spend one unforgettable night on Doubtful Sound; sample the sumptuous delights of the Marlborough region or be mystified by a traditional Maori feast, under the stars of Rotorua.

  • Popular Tour Pick: 10 Day Southern Encounter
  • Highlights: Stargaze on the summit of Mt Cook; marvel at the glaciers and find your inner serenity on an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise.

Savour Key Sights at Your Own Pace

Wine Tasting at its best
Cruising tours are carefully scheduled affairs – departure, immersion and return are timed down to the finest detail, meaning you’re regularly required to cut any special moments short. Coach touring balances well-paced booking with explorative freedom, encouraging travellers to sink their senses into whatever captivates the imagination. You’ll be able to make leisurely memories with minimal background noise, only taking out your camera to enhance an already established mental picture.

  • Popular Tour Pick: 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey
  • Highlights: Sample premier New Zealand wines; trace the deep corridors of Milford Sound; become a glacier explorer; and bask in the geothermal glory of Rotorua.