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TOTAL TRIPS: 22
AGE RANGE: 16-99 Years
BUDGET: Affordable & Premium
  229 Reviews (4.6/5)
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New Zealand

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Grand Pacific Signature Tours
Signature Tours

Enjoy Premium Economy comfort on a full size coach with smaller group size of 32.

Grand Pacific Ultimate Small Groups
Ultimate Small Groups

Discover New Zealand on an exclusive luxury touring coach limited to 20 travellers.

Grand Pacific Solo Tours
Solo Tours

Unqiuely crafted affordable and small group tours designed for solo travellers

Grand Pacific Festive Tours
Festive Tours

Festive affordable and small group tours during the Christmas season in New Zealand

Grand Pacific Airshow Tours
Airshow Tours

Itineraries designed around the Warbirds Over Wanaka and Yealands Classic Fighters Airshows

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AVG. RATING 4.6 / 5
229 Reviews
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Paying extra to do the Ultimate was well worth while.   2 , WA, Australia, Jan 2024
I’ve been back just over a week from my wonderful trip to NZ - & promised I’d let you know how my tour with Grand Pacific went. I think the words “amazing & fantastic” would cover it & I highly recommend this tour to anyone. Paying extra to do the Ultimate Tour was well worth while. Our driver & tour leader Lyndsay was excellent, very knowledgeable, ...read more organised & funny, & we knew exactly what we were doing & when we were doing it. His driving skills with that big, magnificent coach were superb!

Our hotels were of a very high standard (the best of them all being “Distinction Dunedin” - where we each had a suite of 3 rooms & our own washing machine & dryer!). The only complaint heard re our hotels was that a couple of the showers were over baths - which for access & safety reasons, were not favoured by some of the older travellers in our group. Our meals & choice of courses was wonderful - from our buffet breakfasts to our 3 course dinners each night, there was always a wonderful choice that showcased the very best of NZ food. I’m sure we all put on weight (& I’m very glad I packed some elastic waisted pants!!).

The itinerary was well paced & thought out, with so many of NZ’s main attractions & stunning scenery included & there was plenty of opportunity to do optional extras during free time. Having two night stays in some places was great & we always had regular opportunities to stretch our legs & use the loos when travelling. As with all group tours, I imagine the people you’re travelling with can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of it - & I was lucky to be blessed with a fantastic group of 19 other travellers from all around the globe. Everyone mixed, we all got on well, had many laughs & all watched out for each other, & as a first time older solo traveller (I lost my husband 2 years ago) - this really made my trip.

I do remember telling my husband some years back that you’d never ever find me on one of those “geriatric coach tours” - but things change, & I’ve now done it & absolutely loved it!! Only problem is that this tour has set the bar very high for any future tours I may do! Thanks so much for organising it for me Georgie.
Brilliant tour and exceptional company to book through   0 , SA, Australia, Jan 2024
Our coach catering for 32 passengers was the perfect size enabling true comfort throughout the tour. An enjoyable group of travelling companions. Hotels were comfortable but we were disappointed to encounter non stand-alone showers on a number of occasions. Standing inside a bath did not feel safe. We struck the lottery having Brenda as our tour guide ...read more and Alex as our driver. Nothing was too much effort and they are certainly wonderful ambassadors for the Company. We hope to travel with Global Journeys again and look forward to Tracey once again being our booking agent.
Fabulous Trip!     0 , CA, United States, Jan 2024
Everything about this trip was fabulous. The tour operator (Linda with Grand Pacific), the accommodations, the food, and that amazing luxury coach! All of the locations were breathtaking. We met some wonderful people -- we all got along so well that we are all still in touch. We would love to tour with this company again. (GJ. Fantastic photo Pamela ...read more and Craig!)
Ultimate Highlights   0 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2023
Excellent trip, well looked after by Global Journeys then could not fault Grand Pacific Tours for our tour. All that was mapped out for us happened without any issues. Would recommend to any persons wishing to holiday, especially to New Zealand.
Holiday of a life time   1 , 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   1 , 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!

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New Zealand

New Zealand (2024-25)

Since 1996, Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist has been indulging travellers from all over the world with the holiday of a lifetime. Tour in style, choose between an Ultimate Small Group Tour, boasting a Business Class level...more of comfort with only 20 luxury leather seats, or a Signature Mid-Size Group Tour, enjoying Premium Economy comfort onboard a coach with 32 seats.
New Zealand

New Zealand (2023-24)

Since 1996, Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist has been indulging travellers from all over the world with the holiday of a lifetime. Tour in style, choose between an Ultimate Small Group Tour, boasting a Business Class level...more of comfort with only 20 luxury leather seats, or a Signature Mid-Size Group Tour, enjoying Premium Economy comfort onboard a coach with 32 seats.
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Professional Crew
Professional Crew

Each Grand Pacific Tours' Coach Captain has been handpicked for their expert knowledge and extensive driving experience. Ongoing training guarantees that the Coach Captain is on hand to assist you with every aspect of the tour, from handling luggage to booking optional tours and ensuring you are settled in at the end of the day.

Enjoy professional commentary including numerous facts and figures, myths, legends and many laughs along the way. On selected tours an experienced Tour Guide will also accompany the tour. They will set the scene of what is in store each day and provide advice and recommendations throughout your journey. Their friendly nature will ensure everyone feels welcome, relaxed and that your holiday is a memorable experience.

Modern Coaches
Modern Coaches

Traveller comments on the vehicles utilised by Grand Pacific Tours can be described in one word - "Excellent". Sit back and relax on a modern, 48 seater coach featuring panoramic windows, air conditioning, reclining cloth trim seats, CD and DVD player, entertainment system, lowering devices, air bag suspension, restroom, two door access and cold water storage.

Grand Pacific's new range of Signature tours offer Premium Economy comfort and smaller groups. Signature coaches are full-size, but fitted with only 32 seats, adjustable arm & headrest, tray tables and many other features.

The Ultimate Coach is in a class of its own. These vehicles are purpose built for Grand Pacific Tours, boasting a cutting edge design complete with the latest finishes. Catering for small group tours, the vehicles boast only 20 luxury leather seats on a full size vehicle. On board, the business class treatment extends to a wide range of features.

Relax in Style
Relax in Style

Grand Pacific Tours provides three standards of accommodation in line with the positioning of each tour and its price range - Quality, Superior and Premium. The quality hotels used on the Classic Affordable Tours are rated 3.5 stars and represent excellent value for money, offer clean and comfortable surroundings plus genuine kiwi hospitality.

Superior hotels are utilised on the Classic & Signature Tours and represent a 4 star rating. All properties are centrally located and offer high quality service and facilities. Grand Pacific have carefully handpicked a collection of stylish 4.5 star rated hotels to be part of the Ultimate Small Group Tours experience.

You will be treated to a very high standard in each location. Regular inspections and ongoing evaluation ensures each property continues to exceed the high standards and levels of service we require. Each of the hotels used offer a premium level of comfort, guest facilities and excellent location.

Added Attractions - we've Got New Zealand Covered
Added Attractions - we've Got New Zealand Covered

On a Grand Pacific Tours coach holiday you will visit a vast range of iconic attractions that are included in the itinerary. The list of attractions is extensive and covers a range of experiences from the Hole in the Rock Cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands to the world renowned TranzAlpine rail journey in the South Island.

Being a New Zealand specialist allows us to build solid relationships with our key suppliers and confirm arrangements exclusive to Grand Pacific Tours. A key example of this is on the Milford Sound Cruise where our travellers enjoy reserved seats on the Top Deck for premium viewing. Whilst travelling with a group, it is still important that your holiday is a personalised experience.

Optional Attractions
Optional Attractions

Throughout your New Zealand holiday you will have the opportunity to enhance your tour with what we call 'icing on the cake experiences'.

Optional Tours provide a unique and unforgettable highlight in each of the regions that you travel through. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat in scenic Queenstown, take a flight over the captivating Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, experience a scenic helicopter flight over the crystal clear turquoise waters in the Bay of Islands or relax and unwind in the hot mineral pools in the geothermal town of Rotorua, just to name a few.

You will receive an Optional Tours Directory prior to leaving home so you can plan ahead. Whilst on tour your Grand Pacific Tours crew will be on hand to assist with making these bookings.

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Two Ways to Travel NZ: Grand Pacific Tours Introduces Signature Mid-Size Group Touring

28 April, 2023

Two Ways to Travel NZ: Grand Pacific Tours Introduces Signature Mid-Size Group Touring

Two Ways to Travel NZ with Grand Pacific With the launch of their 2022/23 New Zealand touring season, Grand Pacific Tours have introduced a new way to travel. Their affordable Classic Escorted Group Tours will be retired at the end of the season (May 2023) and Grand Pacific will continue to...

Discover Top of the South Island

22 May, 2022

Discover Top of the South Island

Have you travelled with Grand Pacific before and are now looking for a tour that’s a little bit different? Grand Pacific are have just launched a brand new Top of the South Island itinerary. A small group or coach holiday experience that has never been offered before, visiting several iconic...

Discover the Ultimate way to see NZ!

03 March, 2020

Discover the Ultimate way to see NZ!

An Ultimate Small Group Tour around New Zealand offers an unparalleled experience for guests seeking more comfort on their holiday. Stay in premium accommodation, savour fine dining and enjoy impeccable service when you choose Grand Pacific Tours. The experience is made all the more memorable...

5 Reasons to visit New Zealand on a Grand Pacific Tours Coach Holiday

31 December, 2019

5 Reasons to visit New Zealand on a Grand Pacific Tours Coach Holiday

Grand Pacific Tours offer modern coach holidays that give travellers peace of mind, authentic experiences and the camaraderie of likeminded travellers who are keen to learn and explore the wonder that is New Zealand. Here are 5 reasons why your next holiday should be in New Zealand with Grand...

Grand Pacific Tour FAQ's Frequently asked questions for those considering travelling with Grand Pacific Tours

Can I book directly with Grand Pacific Tours?

Grand Pacific Tours is a wholesale Tour Operator and as such do not take direct bookings from clients. However any of their touring holidays can be booked through Global Journeys - Awarded Grand Pacific Top Agency status since 2011).

Are all tours guaranteed to depart?

Yes, all of Grand Pacific tour dates are guaranteed to depart.

Can merchandise be purchased once in New Zealand? What if I order a jacket and it is the incorrect size?

Merchandise needs to be added at the time of booking (or prior to final monies being paid) and can't be purchased once on tour. You will receive your merchandise as part of your documentation pack approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure. If the jacket is an incorrect size then it can be returned and an alternate jacket can be sent. A $10 postage and handling fee is required for any jacket exchanges.

Who travels on Grand Pacific tours?

Our tours are geared towards the senior market, therefore most of our travellers are between 55-80 years of age. We do of course have clients travelling that are either younger or older than this average age. Due to the nature of our tours we have found that children under 5 years of age are not suitable to travel on our tours. We do offer child rates for children between 5-11 years of age.

How many other people will I be travelling with?

Grand Pacific Tours have a maximum capacity of 32 people per tour. Small group tours have space for a maximum of 20 people per tour.

What will the accommodation be like on tour?

Grand Pacific Tours endeavours to utilise the most suitable hotels available in each location to ensure travellers enjoy high levels of cleanliness, comfort and service. In more remote locations, hotel standards may not be as high due to limited choice. As a general rule, all hotels used on tour will have, as standard, the following room amenities; hair dryers, iron & ironing boards, tea & coffee making facilities. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to carry these items.

At most hotels, the bathroom will consist of a ‘shower over bath’ and some hotels do not have lifts (stairs only). Should the hotels on tour change for any reason, we will endeavour to ensure that the alternative hotel is of equivalent standard.

Can I arrange pre or post tour accommodation?

Standard hotel check-in time is 2pm. If travellers require immediate check-in on arrival, a pre tour night will need to be purchased in order for this to be guaranteed. Standard hotel check-out time is 11am. If travellers require a late check-out due to evening flights, a post tour night will need to be purchased in order for this to be guaranteed.

If you have booked your pre or post tour accommodation with Grand Pacific and Global Journeys, these arrangements will be outlined in your itinerary. Meals are not included and need to be ordered and purchased directly with the hotels. Additional nights may be charged at the prevailing rate by the hotel.

Do you cater for special dietary requests?

Room and dietary requests are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Dietary requests are limited to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant & Diabetic. Religious dietary requests (i.e. Hindu Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal) cannot be accommodated. Any further intolerances needing to be managed are the responsibility of the traveller.

Airlines have restricted dietary conditions which vary. For single travellers paying the single supplement, this covers the sole use of a hotel room. The coach is not single seating and you will be required to sit with a fellow traveller.

Do I need to tip my Tour Director, Driver or Driver guide?

New Zealanders, like Australians, do not depend on tips for their income, however tipping in appreciation for extra-special service is at the discretion of the visitor.

What documentation will I receive?

This depends on the touring style you are booking. You will receive a Grand Pacific Tours ticket wallet as well as luggage tag, name badge, travel bag, toiletry wet pack and laundry bag. Your ticket wallet includes your flight itinerary (if applicable), tour itinerary, tour questionnaire, Optional Tours Directory, General Information & Frequently Asked Questions Directory, touring map, postcard, customs required resealable plastic bag and an emergency contact card.

When will I receive my travel documents?

For travellers residing in Australia, your Documentation Pack is mailed to you by Global Journeys. For travellers residing outside of Australia, your personalised itinerary will be emailed to you and your Documentation Pack will be ready for collection at your first tour hotel in New Zealand.

How many suitcases can I take?

All travellers are supplied with a Grand Pacific Tours Travel Bag for personal and small items which can be carried on the coach when travelling. The travel bag is designed to carry a maximum of 6kg (13lbs). Due to limited space on board the coach, please ensure carry-on bags do not exceed this limit.

Each traveller is entitled to travel with ONE suitcase on tour measuring (length + width + depth) no more than 140cm (55”). Ultimate Small Group travellers are entitled to up to TWO suitcases (if airline ticket permits)

Weight limits also apply to luggage due to Occupational Health and Safety issues. Approximately, the maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg (50lbs). If a traveller brings more than the allocated limit of luggage, any additional arrangements made to get their luggage to the final destination will be at their own expense.

What should I wear?

Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. The seasons are more pronounced and the weather is more changeable. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes.

You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat. If visiting during the months of May and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing. You may have the option to relax and unwind in thermal hot pools so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

How much do think we should allow for incidentals?

We suggest you allow a minimum of NZ $40 - $50 per day per person for incidental cash expenses such as lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Travel in Style

Grand Pacific Tours offer a range of stylish accessories that will complement your documentation pack. These items offer great value for money and will be a memento of your New Zealand holdiay for many years to come. Order any of these items with Global Journeys at the time of booking, as they are not able to be purchased on tour.

Free Airport Transfers

Grand Pacific offers a hotel or airport transfer at the start and end of your tour, or in-conjunction with pre or post accommodation booked with Global Journeys & Grand Pacific. All flight information must be given to Global Journeys at least 6 weeks prior to departure so that transfers can be booked. If you book your own pre or post accommodation then transfers cannot be included.

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