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AAT Kings vs Grand Pacific

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of AAT Kings and Grand Pacific.

The Low Down

AAT Kings AAT Kings have partnered with Global Journeys since our inception, and as a result we have an in-depth understanding of all their trips, through both Australia and New Zealand. Our team have journeyed with them on 9 tours through New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. That close relationship also means we can deliver fantastic savings throughout the year.

AAT King's core multi-day coach tours cater mainly for those over 55+, whilst their short breaks in the Northern Territory tend to attract a more diverse range of ages. All coaches are first class, and AAT Kings pride themselves on their tour guides - many of which have been with them for decades!
Grand Pacific Grand Pacific are a little bit different - and enjoy sending more groups to New Zealand than any other Operator. Based in Melbourne, Grand Pacific's focus is solely on New Zealand, and it's this focus that allows them to massage their itineraries each season to continually improve and innovate. Grand Pacific were the first to introduce luxury small group tours (using specially designed business class coaches) as well as combined coach and cruise itineraries to New Zealand. In that regard many of the other Operators are in catch up mode.

Catering for premium, affordable and luxury travellers there is something for everyone. At least one member of our team here at Global Journeys experiences touring with Grand Pacific first-hand every year, so just ask if you have any queries.


No. of Trips
No. of Departures
Avg. Trip Length
8 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
3.5 - 4 Star
Affordable & Premium
Trip Styles Coach ToursShort BreaksCity Breaks
Regions Explored AustraliaNew Zealand
No. of Trips
No. of Departures
Avg. Trip Length
13 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
3.5 - 4 Star
Affordable & Premium
Regions Explored New Zealand

In Their Own Words We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them

AAT Kings
Choosing AAT Kings for your Australia or New Zealand holiday guarantees you’ll benefit from the insider secrets, off-the-beaten-path destinations and authentic interactions with local characters that only 100 years of experience can provide. With over a hundred years’ experience in sharing Australia with our guests, AAT Kings holds exclusive access to some truly unique locations, secret trails and roads less travelled that add so much value to the overall travel experience.

At AAT Kings, our on-road staff are best in class. Our Travel Directors, Driver Guides and Drivers are hand-picked for their passion, experience, and enthusiasm for the spectacular countries we live in. There is truly no one better to share with you the best destinations across Australia and New Zealand. We have been perfecting our itineraries and products for over 100 years, so the benefits gained from travelling with us are unrivalled. With over 150 expertly crafted holiday itineraries to choose from, we offer something for everyone.
Grand Pacific
Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, provide a comprehensive range of all inclusive, value for money holidays offering a highly professional and personalised service to thousands of travellers every year. Taking a coach tour is the best way to make your holiday an unforgettable experience. From the time you arrive in New Zealand a friendly smile awaits.

As the market leader for New Zealand Coach Holidays, we have something for everyone! Travel in style on our Ultimate Small Group Touring series (maximum of 20 travellers) or our Signature Touring series (premium economy comfort on a full size coach with smaller group size of 32.) with itineraries to suit all budgets and interests. Choose from Signature; Cruise & Coach and Special Interest Tours, with over 200 guaranteed departures per year. We take care of it all leaving you to get on with creating incredible holiday memories!

Recent Reviews

Gulf Savannah Wanderer     0 , ACT, Australia, Aug 2023
A very comfortable way to see an historic part of Australia that sits in our collective memory. Wild life, amazing scenery, vast open vistas, big sky’s, amazing sunsets experienced with a small group of like minded travellers. Easy travelling that is well organised and thoughtfully paced. Every day with a new experience. Some allowance is required for ...read more rustic accommodation still getting back to business after floods and staffing shortages. All up small allowances for an otherwise excellent travel experience. Highly recommended.
Untamed Kimberley & West Coast   0 , NSW, Australia, Aug 2023
Great tour from Darwin to Perth with AAT Kings. Small group on a large coach allowed plenty of room for everyone. Delma, the Tour Director and Rhys, the Bus Driver were very professional, provided lots of information of the areas we visited and ensured all had a wonderful time. Nothing was to much trouble. We were fortunate to have a great group ...read more of traveller's that were friendly and punctual so there were no travel delays.
Untamed Kimberley   1 , SA, Australia, Jul 2023
A great tour of a rather remote part of Australia...a great tour to do it if, like us, you are not 4WD travellers. Well structured and organised by AAT Kings. Emma Gorge glamping was a particular highlight for us...Optional extras also a must...fly in fly out to the Bungle Bungles and all day Horizontal fall tour incorporating Aquaplane, fast boat Cyclone ...read more Creek cruise ,fly over Dampier Peninsula Islands and Aqua Hatchery and Cygnet Creek too. You may never get the chance again! Full on days but fabulous and of a high standard all round.
Perfect Tasmania   0 , WA, Australia, Mar 2023
We had a really lovely holiday in Tasmania. The Tour Director and Driver Guide were very knowledgeable and more than willing to share this knowledge with all of us. The weather was pretty good, cool at times but Tasmania is like that. We only had really solid rain in Cradle Mountain, so we did not get to see it. Photos assured us that it was there! ...read more All the accommodation was top class as were the meals which were provided. My husband celebrated his birthday on this trip and everyone made it an occasion to remember. The only criticism I would offer would be the lack of name badges. It's not easy to remember 40+ names every day and badges would have been a real help here.
All aspects of our trip to Uluru were fantastic.   0 , VIC, Australia, Mar 2023
All aspects of our trip to Uluru were fantastic. The service provided by our travel Consultant Hannah was excellent, especially as we were initially not able to get a booking for the Sounds of Silence dinner. Hannah kept in touch with Voyager for cancellations and was able to get us booked in for the dinner around 1 week before departure.

The accommodation ...read more at Sails in the Desert was beyond what we were expecting and was simply first class. All of our tours operated by AAT Kings were great experiences and they really have some great people operating as their bus drivers and tour guides. One driver that went way beyond our expectations was Will and he made our three journeys with him as our driver exceptional. We will certainly be travelling back to Uluru again.
Great Trip of Tassie   0 , NSW, Australia, Mar 2023
Very happy travelling with AAT, the tour guide and driver were both excellent at their jobs. The 10 day itinerary was a very full, we covered a lot of places, which was good but next time I probably would go for a more relaxed itinerary where we could spend a bit more time in each place. It was very early morning starts and very full days. We did have ...read more a couple of afternoons and nights as free time which were great just to chill. Good mix of people on the trip and accommodation and majority of meals were all very good.
Global Journeys were great to book through, all very easy and all documents and relevant information were emailed, extra accommodation etc booked and any questions were answered promptly by Toni. Would definitely book through them again.
Holiday of a life time   0 , WA, Australia, Sep 2023
We booked a tour with Grad Pacific tours through Hannah at Global Journeys and it was luxury all the way on an ultimate New Zealand small group touring coach and it was the best holiday we have ever had. We did not want to come home and We will be going again next year as All the people we travelled with were great to get along with and every person ...read more organizing the tours were very professional.
19 Day Signature tour New Zealand   0 , QLD, Australia, Apr 2023
I travelled with my friend to NZ for this tour of both the North and South islands. It was a wonderful holiday and very well organised. The Tour Leader Jo Moore and Coach Captain Andrew Brown were exceptional. The inclusion of two day stays scattered through the tour was welcomed. I was getting a bit over the daily pack/unpack/wake-up calls and bags ...read more out. The accommodation was very good. All in all it was a fabulous holiday and I would thoroughly recommend Grand Pacific Tours.
Grand Pacific South Island New Zealand   0 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2023
Excellent trip. I am a solo traveller and in the past this meant being relegated to smaller and lesser rooms etc despite paying extra - not so here, accommodation was enjoyable and comfortable. I was also lucky as there were a great bunch of people on our trip. Great fun and beautiful scenery. We were kept suitably entertained on our journey by both ...read more Paul and Malcolm - who shared their knowledge and appreciation of the beautiful South Island. Highly recommended.
Awesome tour through New Zealand   0 , Surrey, United Kingdom, Mar 2023
Absolutely amazing tour through the highlights of New Zealand. Tour guide and bus drivers were fabulous and organised everything really well. Tour participants were all lovely - overall a fabulous holiday and would definitely recommend to anyone!
Picturesque tour of the north part of the South Island     0 , VIC, Australia, Mar 2023
This was an excellent tour - well paced, encompassing great scenery and with three relaxing cruises to enjoy. Accommodation was very good, with helpful staff and comfortable rooms. There was an occasional glitch with new or untrained staff, but that is the way of it in Covid recovery times. The Ultimate coach was very good, although the seating needs ...read more to be re- thought to give room for leg rests to be used. Highly recommended with obvious attention to detail by Grand Pacific.
19 Day Classic Rail, Cruise and Coach of New Zealand   0 , VIC, Australia, Mar 2023
Large group of 48 - absolute amazing time, great food, great accomodation, great people.... Krissy tour leader was exceptional. Can't recommend her enough. Tour content was amazing - especially liked the 2 night stays in most places. Well done.

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