Grand Pacific Tours
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Grand Pacific Tour Reviews (150)
“NZ South Island Spectacular”
Enjoyed the tour. Grand Pacific looked after us well, hotels and meals were great and enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. NZ South Island is spectacular.
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“Wonderful 16 day tour of New Zealand”
We enjoyed every minute. The accommodation was good. Our coach drivers were very well informed and helpful. Our tour hostess was marvellous - so kind and thoughtful. Highlights were Milford Sound, the Hole in the Rock, Agrodome, Larnach Castle, TSS Earnslaw on the lake and the sing-a-long on the way back... and many many more.
We were sad that weather stopped us going to Franz Joseph and on the TranzAlpine Train. Would have liked more time in lovely Dunedin. The haggis ceremony was great fun as was the Maori concert. Best of all was the optional tour of Skipper's Canyon - fantastic scenery and history.
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“Highlights of New Zealand”
Apart from an issue with being given the wrong door key number at the Inis in Wellington we had no other problems with the accommodation. It’s a pity the West Coast was flooded so we did not get to see Fox Glacier or land on the snow. We took our own initiative & took the TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth & return. We were given a refund for missing this part of the trip by Grand Pacific.
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The highlight for us was the Bay of Islands. The weather was beautiful and sunny. We had a great day on the ocean, pods of dolphins surrounded the boat and put on a wonderful display. The ocean was very calm and we went through the Hole in the Rock as well as seeing great scenery.
The whole 9 days were filled with great experiences, Napier was a lovely town and the walking tour was well worth doing. We also loved Wellington, so much to see and do. The whole experience was relaxing with plenty to do and see.
The coach was comfortable and the driver kept us informed about the history of the sights we looked at. Global Journeys is a great company to deal with and Madeline was very helpful. We certainly would book through Global Journeys again.
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“Wonderful tour of North and South Islands New Zealand”
Would most definitely travel with Global Journeys and Grand Pacific again. Coach 10 out of 10, our driver’s knowledge and the way we were looked after was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for him. All our travelling companions were great. Accommodation and food was excellent, only downside was the showers over bath.
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“Relaxing, full of fun and memorable!”
I would like to thank Grand Pacific & Jemma Rosen from Global Journeys personally, for organising an amazing holiday for me. Highlights selected were varied & diverse.
Our Coach driver Gordon & tour director Geoff were the best!! They interacted with the passengers making our trip relaxed & fun, so much fun! We dubbed Gordon our hero & he will be remembered fondly by us all I'm sure! As will Geoff! Both Geoff & he were a great team as they bounced off each other. This was on the South Island.
Yvonne our driver on the North Island was a pleasant & personable person, but felt she failed a little when it came to commentary. However she had very big shoes to fill after the previous duo! Nothing was too much for Geoff if he was asked for advice he was willing to suffice. I found him polite & caring. He did his utmost to track down the loss of my camera, unfortunately to no avail.
The commentary between these two was exceptional. It was very interesting & so informative to be told about their beautiful country. As we meandered our way through the rolling hills, winded our way through the mountains, with precision driving by Gordon. Viewed the lush green countryside full of farms with sheep, cattle & deer... never knew there were so many breeds of sheep! The sustainable fruit & vegetables being grown dotted throughout are highly commendable.
Then there were the fun things we did. What a holiday!! Something for everyone! The accommodation chosen was outstanding. Congratulations on that front! Food was of the highest quality & plenty of it! Walter Peak, was a very big highlight. However, there were many! Of course Milford Sound was breathtaking, our helicopter flight to Fox, Franz & over Mount Cook was enviable. The inclusions in our tour were amazing & coach comfort was outstanding.
All in all very good value on the whole. I cannot rate anything less, but the best! Thank you so much for making my holiday relaxing, full of fun & memorable. Keep up the good work! I will definitely recommend this firm to my friends & family. I just wish Grand Pacific did tours other than in New Zealand as I think I still want to travel overseas & would certainly choose you to travel with Grand Pacific again.
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“Perfectly organised tour”
Throughout our 9 day tour, we experienced superb organisation. Tour guide, Alan, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly. Riki, our driver was endless entertainment, being knowledgeable about the history and landmarks, along with telling us stories about his Maori heritage. Both were endlessly patient. A stunningly beautiful part of the world presented in a perfect manner for our needs. Thank you.
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“Professional and hassle-free”
From my first contact online with Global Journeys, Yvonne Brooks made the booking of our Grand Pacific Tours' 9 Day Taste of the South Island on 4 March so effortless - it was all completed online with professionalism and without hassle. Thank you Yvonne, your assistance was much appreciated.
The Grand Pacific Tour was amazing, from the surprise delivery of the generous and practical baggage pack to our home address, the initial pick up at Christchurch Airport on 4 March to return drop off at Christchurch Airport at 3.50am on 12 March. The coach was first class, very comfortable and the seat arrangements were changed daily to give passengers an overall experience.
The coach driver, Geoff, was excellent, his driving skills admirable, he was able to navigate the windy, narrow roads with great skill and we felt safe at all times. His commentary and knowledge of the whole area was invaluable as well as his sense of humour and caring personality. Kerrie, our guide was also excellent. Kerrie worked hard with a caring attitude to ensure all her guests were comfortable and their specific requests catered for.
The accommodation and food were very good. The included excursions were great, with the visit to the Walter Peak Station on TSS Earnslaw being my favourite. Overall, we were blessed to experience a memorable holiday.
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Grand Pacific travel styles
Grand Pacific's affordable & signature range of touring itineraries from 3.5 to 4.5 star.
Discover New Zealand on an exclusive luxury touring coach limited to 20 travellers.
Cruise from Australia to New Zealand & then embark on your land journey to discover more
Unqiuely crafted affordable and small group tours designed for solo travellers
Festive affordable and small group tours during the Christmas season in New Zealand
Itineraries designed around the Warbirds Over Wanaka and Yealands Classic Fighters Airshows
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Why you should choose to travel with Grand Pacific on your next adventure
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.
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. Traveller comments on the vehicles utilised by Grand Pacific Tours can be described in one word - "Excellent". The Ultimate Coach is in a class of its own.
Three brand new vehicles have been 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
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 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 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, extensive guest facilities and excellent location.
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.
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.
Your guide to travelling with Grand Pacific Tours
07 February, 2019
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Celebrate the Festive Season in New Zealand with Grand Pacific
Christmas in New Zealand is a magical time of year, packed full of delicious food, great weather and memorable traditions. It’s not too early to think about celebrating the festive season kiwi-style on a memorable holiday with Grand Pacific Tours.Witness spectacular scenery of New Zealand’s..
11 June, 2018
Experience the Best of New Zealand with Grand Pacific
The diversity and proximity of New Zealand makes it a perfect holiday destination.Travelling New Zealand on a Grand Pacific coach holiday means you experience the best locations and kiwi hospitality at an all-inclusive, affordable price. There is something for everyone with over 200 guaranteed..
Grand Pacific Tour FAQ's
Frequently asked questions for clients considering travelling with Grand Pacific
Before I book
Can I book directly with Grand Pacific Tours? Are all tours guaranteed to depart?
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).
Can merchandise be purchased once in New Zealand? What if I order a jacket and it is the incorrect size?
Yes, all of Grand Pacific tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
Who travels on Grand Pacific tours?
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.
How many other people will I be travelling with?
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.
What will the accommodation be like on tour?
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.
Can I arrange pre or post tour accommodation?
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.
Do you cater for special diety requests?
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 I need to tip my Tour Director, Driver or Driver guide?
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.
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.
Before I depart
What documentation will I receive? When will I receive my travel documents?
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.
How many suitcases can I take?
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.
What should I wear?
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.
How much do think we should allow for incidentals?
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.
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.
Arrival & departure details
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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