MoaTrek group enjoying the Eglinton Valley vista enroute to Milford Sound

What to expect from Bus Tours In New Zealand

Let’s find out why bus tours offer you a New Zealand experience like no other.

After more than two years of some of the tightest border restrictions in the world, New Zealand is now fully open and welcoming tourists again! There were 267,000 overseas visitors to New Zealand in the year to May 2022. Australians, British, and Americans are all flocking in to enjoy what they’ve been missing.

New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on planet earth. From the volcanic slopes of Rangitoto in Waitemata Harbour to the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park, it really has to be seen to be believed. Bus tours in New Zealand are the very best way to do this.

Let’s find out why bus tours offer you a New Zealand experience like no other.

Why a Bus is the best choice for a tour in New Zealand

Compared to enormous land masses like Australia and the United States, New Zealand is relatively compact. It’s arranged over two main islands, helpfully known as the North Island and South Island. The stretch of sea dividing them (Cook Strait) can be crossed easily by plane or ferry.

Travelling by road from Christchurch in the south to Auckland in the north takes about 16 hours, including the ferry journey. But in between these two cities are places of such breathtaking diversity you’ll barely believe you’re in the same country.

Being on a bus allows you to spend all of your time soaking in the scenery. There’s no need to worry about keeping your eyes glued to the road or the speedometer. Let someone else do that for you!

You also don’t need to worry about driving on the left along unfamiliar roads. All you need to do on bus tours in New Zealand is sit comfortably and be amazed, mile after mile.

Discover hidden gems

There are a few tourist spots that everyone should see when they visit New Zealand. These include:

  • Aoraki/Mount Cook
  • Milford Sound
  • Rotorua
  • Cities of Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch

But there are so many gems you’d simply drive past if you didn’t have an itinerary put together and guided by locals. Activities like lunches with locals, or experiences that will give you an insight into Maori culture. Trips to vineyards, kiwifruit orchards and perhaps a helicopter flight over a spectacular South Island glacier.

On bus tours, you’ll be taken right to the doorstep in comfort, with zero navigation needed.

Great company

Bus tours are an excellent opportunity to see New Zealand in the company of like-minded people. You’ll be with others who love to travel and explore the world. But rather than being like ships that pass in the night, you’ll have time for lots of friendly conversation, and make lifelong friends..

Don’t worry about being on a bus with 50 strangers. With 18 travellers maximum, small group bus tours in New Zealand are designed to be safe, relaxing, and enjoyable, not overwhelming. There are also plenty of opportunities for quiet moments on your own or with your travelling companion.

Suits different activity levels

As long as you are fit and healthy, you’ll be able to enjoy the tour. There will be some walking at each stop but you can tailor this to suit your needs. If you prefer not to walk for long periods, that’s no problem.

If you love nothing more than walking, there are plenty of opportunities to explore.

Caters for all needs

Traveling overseas when you have dietary restrictions can cause concern. That’s why New Zealand tours by bus are such a great choice. All you have to do is let your tour operator know about your needs in advance.

Whether you need dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, or something else, rest assured that you will be provided with exactly what you need.

Fair seating for all

Are you worried you may get stuck at the back of the bus and miss out on the best views? Choose a company that operates a seating rotation policy.

This means that you will get to sit in different parts of the bus throughout the journey. Tour companies do this to ensure everyone enjoys a variety of views and nobody misses out.

Your options for Bus Tours in New Zealand

New Zealand tours by bus are as varied as the country itself. Here are a few of the best options available:

21-Day Kakapo tour

An unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trip that takes in the very best of the North and South Islands. You’ll start in Auckland and complete your journey in Christchurch. But in between, you’ll experience:

  • The Bay of Islands
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound scenic flight and cruise

And that is just a brief snapshot of the highlights! It’s a chance to see New Zealand’s best sights, including its wildlife and extraordinary people.

17-Day Kaka tour

On the 17-day Kaka tour, you’ll also start in Auckland and finish in Christchurch. There are 12 activities, including the breathtaking Milford Sound cruise and scenic flight.

9-Day Kea South Island tour

If you only have time for a short tour, take in the very best of the South Island. Starting and finishing in Christchurch, you’ll enjoy the Milford Sound flight and cruise, Arthur’s Pass National Park, as well as Aoraki/Mount Cook and Fiordland.

Time to explore New Zealand with MoaTrek

If you’ve always wanted to explore New Zealand but don’t fancy the prospect of driving, bus tours are the way to do it.

You can expect small groups, exceptional itineraries and friendly, knowledgeable guides. At MoaTrek, we pride ourselves on crafting some of the best bus tours in New Zealand. You’re bound to find an itinerary that suits you perfectly.

Contact us today to discuss your dream trip to New Zealand!

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Kakapo 21 Day Tour

The ultimate New Zealand small group itinerary, this is the very best of our country. Milford Sound, Queenstown, Mt Cook, Abel Tasman, Tongariro, Rotorua, the Bay of Islands and a few more surprises. Small friendly groups led by our expert Kiwi Guides.
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