Haere Mai

New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country it has become.

Only three hours by plane from the east coast of Australia, all Grand Pacific Tours start in the major gateway cities of Auckland or Christchurch. New Zealand and Australia obviously share a close affinity with each other, having a similar culture, government system, similar culinary tastes and share the same language. Whether it be through adversity or on the sporting field the history of Australia and New Zealand are closely entwined.

While most travellers are enticed to New Zealand by its natural splendours, the country offers a broad spectrum of both countryside and cities, from the sub-tropical North to the sub-Antarctic South. New Zealand is blessed with many wonderful natural attractions from pristine beaches, deep-water sounds and fiords, towering mountains, geothermal springs and forests. It is a country that is proud of its place in the modern world, but equally proud of its deep cultural ties to the Maori who first discovered this land, naming it Aotearoa "the land of the long white cloud".

Treaty of Waitangi

An 1840 treaty between Maori and the British Crown is New Zealand’s founding document. Today, the Treaty of Waitangi has a major impact on all New Zealanders. For more information visit Tourism New Zealand.

The Youngest Country

Only a thousand years ago, Maori became the first people to migrate to New Zealand. Since then, people have come from around the world to settle there.
For more information visit Tourism New Zealand.

Early Settlement

Bravely voyaging across the Pacific from their ancestral homeland hundreds of years ago, Maori made New Zealand their home, becoming the tangata whenua — people of the land.
For more information visit Tourism New Zealand.


Though a Dutchman was the first European to sight the land, it was the British who colonised New Zealand, leaving an indelible mark on the country and its people.
For more information visit Tourism New Zealand.

Find out more about New Zealand

We have listed a selection of useful links to New Zealand websites that should enhance your New Zealand holiday with Grand Pacific Tours.

Please note that the information from these sites may not always be applicable to your holiday with Grand Pacific Tours and we would suggest that if in doubt you ask your travel agent for clarification.

New Zealand Department of Immigration
New Zealand Customs
New Zealand Quarantine
New Zealand Meteorological Service


Tourism New Zealand
Tourism Auckland
Wellington Tourism
Destination Rotorua
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism
Queenstown Tourism
Tourism Dunedin
Tourism Northland

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