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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 181 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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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 NZ Ski   , New Zealand, Oct 2021
A super fun and easy intro to skiing/snowboarding, with all the activities you would want in between.
19 Day New Zealand Showcase     , NSW, Australia, Mar 2020
Very well organised tour. Everything was attended to in a professional manner, from getting our luggage to and from our rooms, to comfort stops and moving us from place to place. The hotels were of a high standard, and the meals provided were delicious and had lots of variety. The tour was in my opinion, of excellent value. We didn’t have a lot of free ...read more time, however that meant we were covering a lot of territory, giving us the best travel experience.
NZ Vista   , United Kingdom, Mar 2020
The timing of the trip was unwittingly good bearing in mind the pandemic. Basically the last night dinner was underway when we were told that all subsequent trips had been cancelled. The travel guide and driver were extremely good. The accommodation apart from the Copthorne in Queenstown were very good. The group was a good mix of nationalities and ...read more gelled together well. The Itinerary was excellent.

The one annoying factor with AAT Kings was that they had a second coach virtually shadowing us which had never been explained either before or after booking. This was particularly galling given the most intermediate stops were in small towns with limited services. Why is it that AAT Kings give details of the situation of each trip and date but never says it will runs two coaches simultaneously if necessary.

(GJ. Thanks for the feedback David. That would be because they may not know until close to departure - it's rare but does happen occasionally due to the size of NZ and it's popularity. Great you managed to get home before the borders were shut! All the best.)
Highlights of the South Island of New Zealand   , WA, Australia, Mar 2020
An enjoyable tour that showed us the highlights of the South Island. The coach held 48 people and it was full on our tour but that caused no delays. We were with a lovely group of people from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada and Australia. The tour moved at a consistent pace and we especially enjoyed the two night stopovers as that gave us ...read more a little bit of extra recovery time. The planned excursions were all enjoyable and we had many other options to try other things such as helicopter flights, when time and weather allowed. This was our first coach tour and we found that 10 days was long enough. Overall this was an enjoyable experience and we will consider other coach trips in future.

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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 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 two weeks to avoid being too rushed. If your plan is to visit one island at a time (they are so different) then a good...read more 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 North Island is covered in native and ancient forests (we call it bush in NZ), pastoral farms, geothermal landscapes,...read more 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 TranzAlpine train journey. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 km's (139 miles) one-way, taking just...read more 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 adventure is your thing, both islands of the country have you covered. World renowned as the home...read more 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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