Our Operators

We have selected the New Zealand coach tour operators that we feature because they offer you a great experience and a good range of coach touring options.  The types of tours we offer can be broken down into Escorted Coach Tours and Small Group tours.

Escorted Coach Tours

An escorted coach tour of New Zealand is one of the most popular ways to explore this beautiful country. They offer a stress free way to explore New Zealand where you have a knowledgeable guide with you and all your accommodation, sightseeing and some meals are taken care of. Generally an escorted coach tour has 20-48 people onboard at any one time.  You get to travel with the same group of people for the duration of your tour and it’s a great opportunity to meet like- minded travellers and meet new friends. All accommodation, sightseeing and many meals are included in the tour package and you have a driver/guide and/or a tour guide with you throughout your tour. They are on hand to help you with any questions you have, assist if you encounter any problems while on tour and to share their extensive knowledge of New Zealand with you to help you get the most out of your tour.  The coaches are modern air-conditioned vehicles with onboard bathrooms, your luggage is handled for you at each hotel and generally breakfast is included daily, most dinners and sometimes lunches also.

Grand Pacific Tours
Grand Pacific Tours are a New Zealand Coach Holiday specialist.  They have been in operation for 25 years and provide a comprehensive range of all-inclusive, value for money coach tour holiday/vacations.  Grand Pacific offer 3 styles of escorted coach touring including:

  • Signature Mid-Size Group Touring – a 32 seat Premium Economy touring style, staying in 4 star accommodation, including a professional coach captain a documentation pack including a travel bag and ticket wallet is included as is a complimentary pre-dinner drink at the welcome and farewell functions.
  • Classic Escorted Group Touring – 48 seat Classic escorted tour, staying in 4 star accommodation with a professional coach captain throughout the tour.
  • Classic Affordable Group Touring – 48 seat Classic escorted tour, staying in 3.5 star accommodation with a professional coach captain throughout the tour.

They offer a selection of 30 itineraries to suit all budgets and interests with over 250 guaranteed departures per year.  Grand Pacific also operate a luxury small group touring style called the Ultimate Small Group Touring you can read about below.

AAT Kings Tours
AAT Kings is part of a highly successful international travel group that is a 4th generation, family-owned business.  They operate escorted coach tours in Australia and New Zealand and a separate small group touring brand called Inspiring Journeys. AAT Kings were pioneers of coach touring in New Zealand and Australia, beginning their operations 100 years ago.  This affords them a lot of experience and history touring New Zealand and they have Travel Directors on all their tours that are very experienced and knowledgeable.  AAT Kings offer 2 styles of escorted coach touring including:

  • First Choice – a fully curated holiday experience at a relaxed pace staying at quality accommodation and exclusive experiences with a maximum of 48 seats on tour. Includes more meals and sightseeing inclusions plus ‘Be My Guest’ dining experiences and wine with dinner.
  • Best Buys – guided holiday itineraries that include the basic must see sights leaving you with time to also add in your own choices of what to do, offering comfortable accommodation but a more budget friendly option with a maximum of 48 seats on tour.

Scenic Tours
Scenic Tours is a 30 year old company operating coach tours around the world.  All Scenic Tours operate in a coach with a maximum of 36 seats and feature tour directors to guide you during your trip.  Scenic also run a unique programme of including free choice activities and dining in your tour price but allowing you the freedom of choice.  They also offer Scenic Enrich Experiences that are highlighted as unforgettable experiences included in their tours.

  • Scenic Freechoice Experiences – Your inclusive Scenic Freechoice activities are designed to give you a range of exceptional experiences that allow you to personalise your journey. You choose those that suit your interests, and then pursue them at a pace that suits you.
  • Scenic Freechoice Dining – In selected locations there are freechoice dining options where you get to choose from a range of options to suit your needs.

Small Group tours

A New Zealand small group tour usually has about 12-20 other people on tour at any one time. You get to enjoy everything that you do on an escorted coach tour but it is a more intimate experience with a smaller group with the tour often taking in more of the off the beaten track locations or more unique and personalised experiences.  You travel with the same group of people for the duration of the tour and travel in modern well-equipped coaches.  Often the coaches are full sized but with less seats which makes more legroom and comfort for you.  Another key feature of a small group tour is that the accommodation you stay at during your tour is generally more boutique or a little different from the larger group tour accommodation options. You have a driver guide and/or a tour guide throughout the tour.  The small tour operators we work with are: 

Grand Pacific Ultimate Tours
There comes a time in our lives when we begin to prefer quality over quantity and crave more comfort and style on our holidays. With a Grand Pacific Ultimate tour you can enjoy premium accommodation, fabulous cuisine and impeccable service on a small group tour to remember. Be dazzled by the state-of-the-art design, purpose-built Ultimate Coach featuring 20 Business Class leather seats, panoramic viewing, extensive onboard features and a level of comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle.

  • A maximum of 20 travellers
  • Business class level of comfort onboard
  • Deluxe documentation pack including travel bag and ticket wallet
  • Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Function
  • Boxed mints and souvenir water bottle
  • Intimate farewell dinner including selected beverages
  • 5 star hotel accommodation throughout
  • Professional Coach Captain to guide and assist you during the tour

MoaTrek Tours
MoaTrek is a family owned business that has been running small group tours of New Zealand since 1971. The tours are designed especially for mature travellers who want to explore New Zealand’s beautiful countryside, enjoy special annual events and get to know the locals over relaxed lunches in their homes.

  • A maximum of 18 travellers
  • All inclusive costs, everything is taken care of by the knowledgeable and helpful Kiwi guide
  • All meals, sightseeing, entrance fees and activities are included in your tour cost
  • All South Island tours include return Auckland/Auckland airfares and flights are arranged for travellers joining from other regions.
  • Each tour focuses on just one or two regions so you will have time to enjoy their special attractions and discover those off the beaten track places.
  • Quality, en-suite accommodation with a great “sense of place”. 

Inspiring Journeys

Immersive and boutique small group journeys.
On an Inspiring Journey you will be introduced to rich and immersive experiences in an intimate small group setting (maximum 22 guests). You’ll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with cuisine to match.

  • A maximum of 22 travellers
  • 4WD vehicles when offroad or luxury coaches with complimentary refreshments
  • Outstanding experiences carefully selected
  • A journey director to guide and assist you during the tour
  • 4-5 star hotel accommodation
  • Award winning restaurants and unique dining experiences