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Tour bus suggestions or Self drive?

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Tour bus suggestions or Self drive?

Planning 8-10 day trip to North Island Oct 2014. Did a self-drive tour of south island last year so I am open to driving on the north island, but may prefer a tour--we saw a lot but it was a lot of hard driving. Any suggestions for outstanding tour operators? I am more interested in geology and natural beauty than museums or cultural events. I want to see the "stop in your tracks" scenes of natural beauty. Any suggestions for an 8-10 self drive itinerary OR for an outstanding bus/train tour is very much appreciated. Thanks

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1. Re: Tour bus suggestions or Self drive?

Welcome back. Bus tour passengers seldom come on to TA so we get very little feedback. There seem to be 3 types of coach tour:

1. The "private" ones organised by tour operators offshore (eg in the US) who are whisked around NZ without any interaction with the locals. Your travel agent should have some brochures for this type of tour.

2. The big players who market on the internet (sometimes called "seat-in-coach" tours) - many market to a specific audience depending on fitness, cost, inclusions etc. These include such well-known companies as Contiki, Intrepid, AAPT Kings etc and a few NZ operators such as Flying Kiwi.

3. The "hop-on-hop-off" buses, chiefly targeting young people. These include Kiwi Experience and Stray.

If you don't want to be confined by a tour itinerary but don't want to drive, it is quite possible to put your own itinerary together using public bus services such as Intercity & its more tourist-friendly sister, Great Sights.

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