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Explore the stunning coastline and rolling hills of the North Island, the majestic landscapes and towering fjords of the South, or satiate your need for adrenaline. New Zealand has it all waiting for you on 160 guided coach tours and small group tours. Cruise the Bay of Islands, experience Maori culture and the geothermal wonderlands of Rotorua, or take a Queenstown skiing adventure.

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Topdeck
Topdeck is a collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, we strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. We...more build epic group trips for 18 to 30 somethings and our passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences. With over 46 years’ experience, our business is to make travel dreams a reality, we know what works and we’re not afraid to shout about it. We offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences. With loads of free time to explore, heaps of included meals, access to some amazing bucket list activities and the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of like-minded young travellers, Topdeck trips are way more than your average package tour. They’re the experience of a lifetime. We build the trips. You build the memories. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure? Topdeck’s the only choice!
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Budget:Affordable
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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...more 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.
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Budget:Affordable & Premium
Accommodation:3.5 - 4 Star
Trafalgar
We are the world’s leading and most awarded travel brand spanning all 7 continents of the globe. From the iconic to the unexpected our guests connect to...more the real depth of the places we go. They will break bread with the locals at our exclusive Be My Guest experiences and unlock local secrets of our Travel Directors and Local Specialists. Everything is taken care of, so they travel with true ease and get the real thing without worrying about a thing. We consider how we can positively impact the communities we engage with. Through our JoinTrafalgar initiatives powered by TreadRight, guests don’t just leave footprints on the ground, but leave a lasting legacy for the betterment of locals and the future of their communities. It’s 72 years of destination experience and feedback from over 5 million happy guests that fuels our innovation to continually delivery simply the best holidays.
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Budget:Premium
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Cruise Lake Wakatipu

Cruise Lake Wakatipu

Blessed with stunning scenery, there is no better way to enjoy Queenstown’s beauty than to cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship, TSS Earnshaw.

The TranzAlpine Railway

The TranzAlpine Railway

This iconic train journey crosses the Canterbury Plains and majestic snow-capped Southern Alps, with breathtaking gorges, high viaducts, twisting rivers and forests at every turn.

Rotorua’s Geothermal Wonderland

Rotorua’s Geothermal Wonderland

Belching grey mud pools, geysers shooting to the sky, lakes bubbling like champagne, and natural hot springs. Walk among these amazing natural wonders in Rotorua.

Maori Culture

Maori Culture

Be enthralled by the thundering power of the Haka, the carved meeting houses, greenstone adornments, flax weaving and the smokey flavours of a traditional hangi.

The Sounds of Fiordland

The Sounds of Fiordland

The iconic Milford Sound features on most South Island itineraries but have you also thought about the lesser known Doubtful Sound? Equally beautiful, see them both!

Latest Reviews What our clients are saying about their journeys to New Zealand

Ultimate North Island   , QLD, Australia, May 2024
This was our third coach trip with Grand Pacific having previously done both Islands on what was then called the mid range tour. Last year we completed the Ultimate Tour of the South Island and followed with the Ultimate Tour of the North Island this year. We have nothing but good to say in relation to our trips with Grand Pacific and would highly ...read more recommend either of the Ultimate Tours with a slight leaning towards the South Island. Having said that, our driver / guide (Megan Forrest) was outstanding and very professional & knowledgeable in all aspects. All included meals were of a very high standard. We as a group of 20 mixed very well with no complaints. The standard of vehicles for our pick up in Auckland and drop off in Wellington was 5 star. Our booking experience with Global Journeys was without a hitch and we would certainly use them again.
APT Southern Tourer - NZ South Island     , ACT, Australia, Apr 2024
A nine day tour of the bucket list of NZ spectacular scenery including the Tranzalpine train to Arthur’s Pass, Queenstown steamer lake cruise and dinner, a spectacular scenic drive to a cruise on Milford Sound, and then on to Mt Cook Lake Tekapo and back to Christchurch. A journey worth every minute of enjoyment. Well organised. Efficient tour guide. ...read more Very knowledgeable and accommodating driver. Large coach and a small group of like minded tour companions. Excellent accommodation and meals to remember. Hats off to APT, a wonderful experience. Thank you.
Southern wonders of New Zealand     , QLD, Australia, Mar 2024
I had a wonderful time travelling with a lovely bunch of people on this AAT Kings tour of the South Island of New Zealand. Most of the accommodation was wonderful and the included dinners were great. Our tour director and driver were fantastic. The only drawbacks were that the front page showing the itinerary with scenic stops was misleading as it ...read more was showing that Mt Cook was a sightseeing stop which never happened as whoever drew the route to Mt Cook was incorrect and would have had to get there from Omarama. Also we were only given 30 minutes to walk there and back to see Franz Joseph Glacier. I did not enjoy the train journey and when embarking we did not get time to look at the station. Overall it was a great tour but more time for the essential sightseeing stops would have been great. I also enjoyed the extra optional tours on offer such as The Glenorchy Lord of the rings tour and the Kiwi Bird Park.
New Zealand Father & Son Trip   , OH, United States, Mar 2024
First and foremost Hannah at Global Journeys was AMAZING! Quick to respond to every single minute question I had and every time with a servile happy attitude. Many others on the trip booked Haka tours through other people and complained about some small issues. I had zero! Every single thing we planned happened (aside from one weather related excursion.) ...read more I will definitely book through you guys again!

Explore More Explore more Your guide to travelling to New Zealand

Discover Top of the South Island

20 March, 2024

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? Look no further than Grand Pacific's Top of the South Island itinerary. Offered as both small group and mid-size coach holiday options, this itinerary promises unforgettable experiences...

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 New Zealand in Luxury: 5 Special Experiences on Offer

19 August, 2020

Discover New Zealand in Luxury: 5 Special Experiences on Offer

New Zealand is bursting at the seams with spine-tingling experiences, spellbinding scenery, delectable cuisine, and many ways to enjoy every element of this incredible country. On a luxury tour of NZ, guests are treated to more included activities, delightful wining and dining, and handpicked...

Want to Heli Ski New Zealand’s Southern Alps? Do it with Haka Tours

12 August, 2020

Want to Heli Ski New Zealand’s Southern Alps? Do it with Haka Tours

The Southern Alps of New Zealand are considered one of the top 10 places to heli ski in the world. A heli skiing adventure may be something you dream about, did you know you don’t need to be an expert alpine skier to take on a heli skiing holiday? If you are an intermediate level skier who can...

Common Questions Common questions about touring through New Zealand

What are the best months to visit New Zealand?
It begins to get warmer in NZ around October and cooler by the end of April. January to March is the height of summer and also the busiest, with locals taking every opportunity enjoy the long nights and sunny days along with travellers from around the world. You can still get rainy days (there's a reason why the...read more countryside is so green) throughout the year, but during the summer period they don't tend to hang around for very long.

The shoulder months of September, October and April are also popular times to visit, with less travellers around and prices of tours generally lower as a result. It rains a lot less in the South Island (year round) and of course the winter months are very popular due to NZ's popularity as a ski destination.
How many days should I put aside to travel through New Zealand?
If you're looking at exploring all of New Zealand in one go then you'll need to allow yourself at least ...read moretwo weeks to avoid being too rushed. If your plan is to visit one island at a time (they are so different) then a good week to ten days should be fine for each one.
Which is more beautiful, the North or South Island?
That's a tough call that will entirely depend on what you're hoping to experience in paradise. The ...read moreNorth Island is covered in native and ancient forests (we call it bush in NZ), pastoral farms, geothermal landscapes, glorious beaches and the largest and most populous cities (Auckland and Wellington). 

The South Island is more "Middle Earth", meaning spectacular mountain ranges, gorges and fiords and home to the adventure capital of the world - Queenstown. And it's a lot less populated with only 20% of the 5m Kiwi's located down south.
What is the name of the most scenic train ride in New Zealand?
You're probably thinking of the ...read moreTranzAlpine train journey. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 km's (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.  Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.

Another train journey to consider is the Coastal Pacific which runs daily throughout the summer season from Christchurch to Picton. With the sea stretching to the horizon in the east and the Kaikoura mountains stretching to the sky in the west, the Coastal Pacific is one of the most astonishingly beautiful journeys in New Zealand. 


Why is New Zealand the adventure capital of the world?
The best thing about touring around New Zealand is the depth of "things to do" in such a geographically small destination. If ...read moreadventure is your thing, both islands of the country have you covered. World renowned as the home of the bungy jump you can also experience off-road driving, canyoning, ziplining, mountain biking, zorbing, caving, rafting and jet boating - all while surrounded by NZ's natural beauty.

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