4. Outstanding accommodation and decadent dining

With Ultimate Small Group Tours, you can expect 4.5 Star accommodation, meaning chic guestrooms and premium facilities are guaranteed. From central properties in the heart of bustling cities to boutique retreats off the beaten track, the stylish hotels on offer won’t disappoint! High standards await, since every featured property is inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it’s up to scratch. Your taste buds are also in for a treat, with the majority of your meals included in the overall price of your trip, including a dazzling Farewell Dinner. Prepare to tuck into diverse dishes, from a Shire’s buffet lunch in Hobbiton and authentic Māori fare in Rotorua to a lavish Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle. You can also look forward to reserved priority dining at breakfast and dinner, with no need to wait for a table, alongside discounted pre-dinner drinks at each hotel via your exclusive ‘wine time’ offering.


Home to the breathtaking Bay of Islands, Milford Sound and even Middle Earth, it’s no wonder that New Zealand steals the top spot on many a travel wish list. An unforgettable escape exploring these natural wonders deserves enhanced luxury touches, which is what makes Ultimate Small Group Touring (max. 20 travellers) with Grand Pacific Tours stand out. Boasting custom-made vehicles, show-stopping itineraries and unparalleled levels of service and comfort, there’s no better way to add a touch of glamour to your trip. Described by founder Peter Harding as ‘Business Class on wheels’, Ultimate Group Touring ensures that travellers will be ‘the envy of all others, with a unique blend of premium accommodation, luxury vehicles and handpicked Coach Captains’. Read on to discover our top five features, guaranteed to inspire your next adventure.


1. Personalised service

Feel like a VIP from the moment you touch down at the airport, with a warm Kiwi welcome in the terminal. Your Ultimate Coach Captain is sure to exceed expectations, handpicked for their high level of knowledge around your chosen itinerary. You’ll build a great rapport throughout your journey, thanks to your Coach Captain’s attention to detail and passion for delivering exceptional experiences. Travelling with like-minded individuals, you’re sure to make firm friendships in no time at all, and a lively host will attend your welcome dinner to break the ice and instil a sense of group spirit from the very beginning. The transition from one property to the next is also designed to run smoothly, with a member of the management team greeting you on-board your coach to outline the hotel’s amenities and top attractions in the local area.


2. Bespoke itineraries

Ultimate Small Group Tours promise more than just a holiday, inviting you to uncover the authentic side of New Zealand and connect with the nation’s heritage as you explore both destination highlights and hidden gems. Whatever your interests or travel preferences, there’s a spectacular itinerary designed to suit, from a 19 Day Ultimate Discovery Tour to a 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape. What’s more, is your package includes far more than just coach travel. If the 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach is your chosen experience, you can also embark on a TranzAlpine Rail Journey, a Pleasant Point Rail Experience or a Doubtful Sound Overnight cruise at absolutely no extra cost, amongst other exhilarating activities. With options for every occasion, opt to spend the festive period visiting Christchurch, Dunedin and beyond, with a mouth-watering Christmas dinner included. Alternatively, celebrate Hogmanay in style in Wellington then kick start the New Year with a Marlborough Sounds cruise on the 1st of January.


3. Purpose-built coaches

Widely regarded as ‘Business Class on wheels’, Ultimate coaches are famed for their superlative comfort on the road, accommodating a maximum of 20 passengers with plush, leather reclining seating. Panoramic windows allow guests to take in mesmerising views as they travel, with an adjustable headrest, wooden timber tray and ample storage space. It’s easy to stay entertained on slightly longer drives, thanks to your personal audio control unit complete with an array of music channels, USB port and complimentary headphones. Each coach is also fitted out with a chic galley area, where passengers can access fridge units and a chilled drinking fountain. Daily WiFi allowance, newspapers and magazines are just some of the extra amenities you can access on-board, alongside boxed mints and souvenir water bottle which you’ll receive as VIP extras.

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5. Enriching excursions

Prepare to be blown away by the added value inclusions throughout your adventure, in particular the abundance of activities on offer. Both educational and exhilarating, discover a different side to New Zealand with unique excursions every single day, whether you’re exploring the Kauri Museum or soaking up the sights of Auckland on a city tour. Journey to Middle Earth on a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch, visit the thermal mud pools and geysers in Rotorua and tick a TranzAlpine Rail Journey off of your bucket list. Learn more about New Zealand’s indigenous heritage with a Te Puia Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert or cruise the tranquil waterways of Doubtful or Milford Sound. Whilst all sightseeing and pre-paid attractions are included in the overall cost, there’s also free time, throughout the itinerary giving you the opportunity to discover your own personal highlights.

Featured itineraries

16 Day Ultimate Explorer

Discover New Zealand from Christchurch to Auckland on a luxury coach with Grand Pacific Tours. This offer includes return flights, 4 Star deluxe accommodation, select meals, transport and excursions.

Contact your local travel agent to find out more