July UpdateZ

21 July 17

Stay informed with short updates on a range of topics.  This edition includes Dedicated Travel Agent website, Christchurch UpdateZ and more….

NEW Dedicated Travel Agent website – coming soon!

Coming soon a Travel Industry only section will be added to the Grand Pacific Tours website. The secured part of the website will be a ‘one stop shop’ for you to download itineraries, maps, images, video, collateral plus much more.  Check live availability and stay up-to-date with the latest special offers with ease. Once live, we encourage you to register on the site to access the selling tools and information you need instantaneously!

Christchurch UpdateZ

Christchurch, known as the Garden City, is the gateway to the South Island and the spectacular experiences your clients will have within the South Island.

In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre’s stone-built buildings and it is now a vibrant city in transition.  The growth in Christchurch isn’t stopping with three new hotels opening very soon, including the Distinction Hotel which Grand Pacific Tours will be using for some of our 2017/18 season tours.

Distinction Hotel Christchurch (the former Millennium hotel) is scheduled to open early 2018 having been repaired and refurbished.  With 179 rooms, this hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square and ideally positioned only a few minutes’ walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

With over 836 cafes and restaurants in Christchurch, there is no shortage of great food on offer as the city welcomes back old restaurants and introduces new ones. Christchurch has seen a rise in the number of restaurants offering locally sourced food, organic options and shared plates.

Larnach Castle - 50th Anniversary

March 2017 marked 50 years of restoration and innovation at Larnach Castle by the Barker Family. In 1967, Margaret and Barry Barker purchased Larnach Castle which at that time was unoccupied and neglected. This year acknowledges the work carried out initially by Barry and Margaret Barker, and the progress that continues to happen under the leadership of their son Norcombe Barker. Not only has the family restored and furnished the Castle, but also created a garden within the historic framework.

The Castle, open 365 days a year, hosts over 100,000 visitors annually through its self-guided and guided tours, licensed café and the luxurious Camp Estate.

Your clients will visit Larnach Castle on all Grand Pacific Tours core tours.


Our Nominated Charity

Grand Pacific Tours has been an official National Awareness partner of Alzheimer’s Australia since 2007. Our contribution is through fundraising and an annual financial donation. Collection tins are made available at the farewell dinner of all our tours and travellers are asked to donate any loose change at their discretion. For the 2016/17 financial year, Grand Pacific Tours raised $7,000 taking our grand tally for money raised to just over $100,000 over 10 years!!


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Key Contacts

Lynne Smith (Groups Manager)

Stephen Gwilliam (Groups Co-Ordinator)

Emma Spencer (Groups and Ticketing Co-Ordinator)

Barry Watts
(Business Development Manager QLD)


Peter Drummond
(Business Development Manager NSW / ACT)


Nikki Alves
(Business Development Manager VIC / TAS)


Ruth Mains
(Business Development Manager SA / WA)


Rachel Sinclair & Catherine Norton
(Marketing Executives)




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