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Grand Pacific Tours recognises top performers for 2018/19

Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, has announced all winners of their sought-after Quality Assurance Awards for the 2018/19 touring season.

The Supplier and Crew Awards were announced on Wednesday, August 28, at a Gala Dinner held at Larnach Castle Dunedin, which officially recognised the top performers in each category.  

“The announcement of our Supplier of the Year and Crew Awards represents the completion of another fantastic touring season in New Zealand – the best in six seasons," says general manager Stacia Morris. 

"We personally thank each supplier, including their extended teams, for their support throughout the 2018/19 season with welcoming our travellers and continuing to provide professional and personalised service. Congratulations to all the award winners for their outstanding achievement!”


Affordable Coach Tours                                          Rydges Hotel Auckland

Signature Coach Tours (Showcase Series)              Distinction Christchurch

Signature Coach Tours (Rail Series)                        Distinction Christchurch

Ultimate Small Group Tours                                    Distinction Dunedin



Crew Hotel of Choice (North Island)                         Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Crew Hotel of Choice (South Island)                        Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Crew Hotel of Choice (Ultimate)                              Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas



Affordable Coach Tours                                           Skyline Rotorua

Signature Coach Tours (Showcase Series)               Te Puia

Signature Coach Tours (Rail Series)                         Te Puia

Ultimate Small Group Tours                                     Real Journeys – Milford Sound Nature Cruise


BEST OPTIONAL               

Winner                                                                     Haast River Jet

Runner up                                                                Rotorua Duck Tours





Operator                                                                    Fullers Great Sights,

                    Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise



Cole Marsh 'Rising Star' Award                                     Murray Soar

Tour Guide of the Year                                                  Chris Paschalis

  • Runner up                                                          Kerrie Jeffreys

Coach Captain of the Year (North Island)                         Megan Forrest

  • Runner up                                                           Kevin O’Connell

Coach Captain of the Year (South Island)                         Peter Kearney

  • Runner up                                                           Riki Katene

In recognition of Coach Captains (Ultimate)          Chris Hannah, David Underwood,

                        Linda Cruickshank, Paul Campion

Crew Member of the Year                                               Paul Campion


Grand Pacific Tours ‘’Overall Tour Experience’’ rating for the 18/19 touring season was 9.23 out of a possible 10 points.   The highest overall quality assurance rating is six touring seasons.

Grand Pacific Tours have expressed thanks to all suppliers involved in their touring programme for their continued dedication to looking after the thousands of travellers touring New Zealand each season and to the Crew for exceeding expectations and providing the holiday of a lifetime to every traveller.

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