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Grand Pacific Tours Reviews (203) View all 203 Grand Pacific Tours reviews from past clients of Global Journeys

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Spectacular Signature South Island of NZ with Grand Pacific     0 , VIC, Australia, Jan 2023
I can highly recommend the Signature South Island tour from Christchurch to Christchurch. January was a great time to travel - we had excellent weather. The very smart coach can accommodate 32 passengers. There were 27 in our group - mostly Australians with a few from the UK, an American couple and a lady from Canada. The company has an ingenious seat ...read more rotation policy which meant that you experienced different areas of the coach and had different people around you every day. All but one dinner was included and there were reduced price drinks before dinner so there were plenty of opportunities to mingle. Hotels were very good and a lot of activities were included in the price. I chose to do many of the optional activities, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The scenery was spectacular, the coach captain was a font of information about Māori history and the areas we passed through, as well as being an excellent driver, and the tour leader couldn’t do enough to make sure everyone was happy.
Wonderful Tour of NZ   0 , United Kingdom, Jan 2023
Have just returned from the most fantastic trip with Grand Pacific and I can honestly say that it more than exceeded my expectations. I had been very uncertain about coach travel, but as a single traveller, there are not too many options and the small group tour coach operated by GPT was so comfortable with only 20 seats on a full size vehicle. My travel ...read more companions turned out to be a delight and we had some great experiences together.

The tour itself was extremely well coordinated and organised and our coach captain kept us all in order and took very good care of all our wants and needs. He was patient and knowledgeable and kept us amused and entertained during the sometimes necessarily long journeys, and we felt very safe and secure in his care.

There was a good choice of excursions at the various tour stops and the standard of hotels used was generally extremely high, with good locations with the overnight stay on the boat through Doubtful Sound being one of the highlights of the whole trip for me, along with the helicopter flight from Fox Glacier. The only comment I would make is that the trip could have been improved if we had stayed 3 nights and not 2 at most of the towns. With the excursions taking up the free time it would have been great to have more free time to explore each place, as fort the majority of tourists this will be the only time they get to visit NZ given the distances most had travelled to get there.
The best of NZ in comfort.     0 , SA, Australia, Dec 2022
Great tour of NZ highlights. Luxury coach with excellent driver/guide who went the extra mile for guests. Visited lots of wonderful places & planned & optional activities were excellent, including Bay of Islands, Rotarua Skyline Ride & Luge, Franz Josef Glacier & helicopter, Haast River jet, Wildlife & Cultural tours, old steam trains & Larnach Castle. ...read more Doubtful Sound Cruise was one of many memories we will treasure. Majority of accommodation of a high standard with welcoming staff. Well organised & would highly recommend.
Hassle Free Luxury Travel in New Zealand   0 , SA, Australia, Dec 2022
This was the best coach tour we have done. We only had 18 people out of a maximum of 20 on the tour. The coach is full size, modern with very comfortable seats and plenty of leg room for taller people. The hotels we stayed in were all of a very good standard and all the included dinners were excellent. Our Coach Captain Paul was exceptional and made ...read more sure every person was looked after and was getting the best experience from the tour. His commentary throughout the tour was superb. This tour is very well organized and ran without any problems. The South Island of New Zealand is quite spectacular, particularly the mountainous West coast. Thanks to Georgie from Global Journeys for booking this tour for us with her usual high standard of service.
Magical New Zealand north island     1 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
We loved this trip, every day provided us with magical experiences, hard to pick the favourite. Our guide Lorraine and driver Jeremy were fantastic, always ready to help if needed but such good fun to be with.
Loved the NZ South Island   1 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
The first part of our trip through NZ South Island met and exceeded our expectation in terms of the scenery and places we visited. The valleys, lakes and snow-capped mountains where spectacular! We realise that long distances had to be covered but found some of the comfort and lunch stops very short. Regrettably, illness prevented us from completing ...read more the rest of the tour of North Island but our Global Journeys agent was as helpful as she could be in facilitating the necessary arrangements.
Ultimate Showcase   1 , QLD, Australia, Nov 2022
This was our second trip with GPT and it surpassed the first one, just. Extremely well organised, the coach captain, Linda, made life easy for her passengers. She also turned out to be a mine of information about New Zealand and its history including its flora and fauna. Fascinating incites into the evolving country that it is sitting on tectonic plates. ...read more The hotels in the main were as to be expected from an advertised 4-5 star tour.

There were some that were, IMO, way over the top with drink prices, eg. $19-24 for a glass of local wine and $15 for a beer. These tend to take the edge of an otherwise enjoyable stay, more so when you see the same wine the next day for $12 a bottle in the high street bottle shop. That is not a reflection on GPT but something they may wish to consider when reviewing their contracts with these hotel chains. By and large an excellent holiday made easy by Linda, the coach captain.
Excellent Grand Pacific NZ tour   0 , VIC, Australia, Nov 2022
Grand Pacific ultimate coach tour of New Zealand (North and South islands) was excellent. Coach and driver/guide were outstanding and coach was very comfortable. Itinerary was fantastic and the accommodation and meals overall were of a very good standard. All stops and included tours were very good and we had great companionship from our fellow travellers. ...read more Some friendships that will be maintained on returning home were established and we had great fun.The absence of laundry facilities, particularly in the North Island accommodation was frustrating and the departure from Auckland airport a nightmare but overall would highly recommend this 16 day itinerary.

Travel Styles View all Popular ways to travel with Grand Pacific Tours

Grand Pacific Classic Tours
Classic Tours

Grand Pacific's range of touring itineraries with 3.5 to 4 star accommodation.

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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The Grand Pacific Tour Experience Choose to travel with Grand Pacific on your next adventure!

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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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...

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

28 October, 2020

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

Three Ways to Travel NZ with Grand Pacific With the launch of their 2021/22 New Zealand touring season, Grand Pacific Tours has introduced a new way to travel. In addition to their popular Classic Escorted Group Tours and Ultimate Small Group Touring collection, the New Zealand experts have...

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 48 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 diety 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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