New Zealand Travel Update

Tourism has been one of the world’s largest industries and is an integral part of our vibrant society.  

Unfortunately, the tourism industry has experienced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In these extraordinary times, with the New Zealand border still closed, we would like to provide all travellers with regular updates on the status of the 2020-2021 touring season.


As September marked the beginning of our touring season in New Zealand, Grand Pacific Tours (GPT) have had to make the difficult decision to suspend our tours from travelling for the months of September 2020 to March 2021 inclusive at this stage.

This is clearly a course of action that has many contributing factors aligned with making this decision:-

  • Currently the New Zealand borders remain closed to all international travellers.  Whilst there is increased media speculation of a Trans-Tasman bubble between Australia and New Zealand, further announcements of the pending timeline will not be made until early 2021, hence the exact timeline for the restart of touring is still unknown.  As a National Operator it will be important that all key cities throughout Australia have borders open to New Zealand for touring to continue as normal.
  • Without notification of the border situation, a big unknown for us as an all-inclusive tour operator is the airline schedules and capacities from each State that will coincide with any announcement.
  • GPT continues to receive updates various key hotels and attractions included in our itineraries that will not be ‘tour ready’ on a full-time basis to align with the start of the touring season.   As a New Zealand specialist, our key objective is to provide all travellers with the holiday of a lifetime and with many iconic attractions not currently operational to suit our departure dates; or selected hotels unavailable due to their commitment to the Ministry of Health, our touring experience would be severely compromised.

At this point, this is only a notification of the decision to suspend the tours.  Travel Agents holding bookings will receive official communication from our Reservations team on the options available for future travel and the Terms and Conditions that will apply.



If you purchased a tour inclusive of airfare, GPT will be able to discuss the options once the respective airline has released their terms and conditions for the relevant travel period. 


GPT have not booked the air components of the tour, this has been managed by the Travel Agent or the traveller directly.   We strongly recommend that you do not amend or cancel the airline component of the tour until the airline has released their terms and conditions for the relevant travel period.

April 2021 – MAY 2021 TOURS

If you are holding bookings from April 2021 onwards, we will continue to keep you posted on the future touring months and any required course of action. Due to the unknown timeline of the borders opening, GPT will be encouraging travellers to book a date within the new 2021/2022 touring season (01 September 2021 – 31 May 2022).


We are delighted to launch the 2021/2022 season with 3 Ways to Travel. 4 Styles of Touring. 30 Itineraries. 250+ Guaranteed Departures*.   Please CLICK HERE to view the selection of dates and rates.


Please rest assured your client funds are 100% secure as GPT run a Trust Account holding client’s monies until tour payments are settled.

As a New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, we are disappointed with this outcome but as you are aware it is totally beyond our control.


As per Government recommendation, for the health and safety of our staff the business is being run remotely until the COVID-19 situation eases.

Business hours are from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday (AEDT).

Our main phone line is 1800 622 768. You can also email requests to

Thank you for your patience as we work through all processes.   We hope good news on the border openings will not be too far away.

He waka eke noa.    We are all in this together.

Kia kaha

Peter Harding
Managing Director, Grand Pacific Tours