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Some of the most innovative, interesting and engaging New Zealand coach tours are often provided by small group tour operators.
They can be very bespoke, carefully created to ensure every day has very special, memorable features and travelling times are comfortable.
Bucket list activities can include digging your own hot pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach, sailing on beautiful Lake Rotoiti, a guided walking tour of Napier’s art deco buildings, tasting some of Marlborough’s premier wines, close up seabird viewing at Kaikoura, nature cruise and spectacular scenic flight at Milford Sound, kayaking on tranquil Okarito Lagoon, to name a few.
Small group tours usually offer a more relaxed daily schedule with extra time to enjoy the day's highlights and activities.
There is usually time and numerous opportunities to meet local kiwis at local cafes and pubs, even in private homes and rural farm locations.
Because fewer travellers means that fewer hotel rooms are required, it is often a lovely feature of small group tours to stay in smaller, boutique hotels and guest houses that are typically privately owned and operated. These properties pride themselves in offering warm, genuine New Zealand hospitality to ensure that each night is memorable for all the right reasons.
World class food, wine and private lunches all help to make these small group tours very special indeed.
Typically with a maximum of 18 - 24 people, the small group tours are usually sold out well in advance, so planning ahead and booking your space is paramount if this style of holiday is "you".