TRANS-TASMAN BORDER OPENS

08 April 21

Kia ora,

The New Zealand government has announced that quarantine-free travel to Aotearoa New Zealand will resume for Australian travellers on April 19, 2021.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and NZ COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed the conditions for starting to open up quarantine free travel with Australia have been met.

As a New Zealand Coach Holiday specialist, the team at Grand Pacific Tours (GPT) welcome this news that will allow the restart of tourism across the Tasman.

September 2021 marks the beginning of the touring season for GPT and over the coming weeks we will be liaising with all our hotel and attraction suppliers in New Zealand to ascertain their ‘’tour ready’’ status. It is extremely important that touring starts when we are 100% confident of delivering an exceptional touring experience that not only meets expectations but provides every traveller with the holiday of a lifetime, in a safe travel environment.

In the near future, we will announce our travel intentions for the September to December 2021 period as a starting point, if you are holding a current booking our Reservations Team will be in touch with your travel agent in due course. If you are considering a touring holiday of New Zealand, GPT currently offer a ‘no deposit until borders open’ policy which will continue until further notice, so plan now and get excited about travelling when the time is right (Travel Agent deposit T&C’s may vary).

Once touring commences, GPT will provide all travellers with a guideline for safe travel requirements that will form part of the ‘green zone’ quarantine free travel between Australia and New Zealand.

Thank you for your patience as we work through our plans for the re-start of touring. The COVID period has certainly been challenging for the tourism industry but the team at GPT have worked extremely hard during this period to ensure all our policies and procedures are in place and fine-tuned, ready to welcome back travellers and get the touring show back on the road in New Zealand.

Peter Harding
Managing Director

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