New Zealand Travel Update

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to present unprecedented challenges for the tourism industry worldwide.

The GPT 2020/2021 touring season has currently had tours suspended from September 2020 to March 2021 inclusive. We now would like to take this opportunity to advise that for reasons beyond our control we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend tours for the remaining two months of the current season – 01 April through to 31 May 2021. The contributing factors for this suspension are:-

  • Currently the New Zealand borders remain closed to all international travellers. Whilst there is speculation of a Trans-Tasman bubble between Australia and New Zealand, the timeline is 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.
     
  • Until the borders open between Australia and New Zealand the airline schedules across the Tasman remain unknown and the affect this may have on the regularity of our tour departure dates.
     
  • GPT continues to receive updates from various key hotels and attractions included in our itineraries that they will not be ‘tour ready’ on a full-time basis to operate as normal prior to 31 May 2021. 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.

We recognise that this is a very unsettling period for all our travellers. Hence, it is our intention to make the process very simple for key decisions to be made regarding your travel plans and ensure they can amend arrangements to travel when the time is right.

As these recent tour suspensions complete the 2020/2021 touring season, we now encourage travellers to  contact your booking agent and book a date within the newly released 2021/2022 touring season (01 September 2021 – 31 May 2022). Following is a brief introduction highlighting a summary of the exciting range of tours on offer.


ANNOUNCING NEW DATES FOR 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 – 31 MAY 2022

We are delighted to launch the 2021/22 season with 3 WAYS TO TRAVEL. 4 STYLES OF TOURING. 30 ITINERARIES. 250+ GUARANTEED DEPARTURES*

3 WAYS TO TRAVEL
20 Ultimate Business Class Seats + (4.5 Star accommodation)
32 Signature Premium Economy Seats + (4 Star accommodation)
48 Classic Touring Seats + (Classic Touring - 4 Star accommodation / Classic Affordable - 3.5 Star accommodation)


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TRANS-TASMAN BORDER ANNOUNCEMENT
 


IMPORTANT AIRFARE NOTE:

ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE:

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. 

LAND ONLY BOOKING:

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.


CLIENT TRUST ACCOUNT

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


KEEPING IN TOUCH

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 9:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday (AEDT).

Our main phone line is 1800 622 768. You can also email requests to reservations@gptnz.com

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