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Breathtaking, enchanting and unique are just some of the words we’d use to explain just how incredible an escorted tour of New Zealand really is.

Take a guided tour of New Zealand’s South Island and be prepared to witness mountain peaks that pierce the clouds, colourful rainforests that house the most fascinating wildlife and giant glittering glaciers. On a tour of New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll be treated to a trip that features ancient volcanoes, truly spectacular coastal scenery and beaches that beg to be enjoyed. Experience Magnificent New Zealand on a 23-day tour or The Very Best of New Zealand on a 28-day tour, only with Distant Journeys.


Discovering New Zealand with Distant Journeys

Our escorted tours to New Zealand visit all the must see attractions during our comprehensive 23-day Magnificent New Zealand touring holiday or 28-day Very Best of New Zealand touring holiday.

To ensure you can really absorb the country’s stunning landscapes, vibrant cities and rich Maori culture, you’ll generally stay in each destination for two or three nights.

Travel with the Award Winners

In November 2016, Distant Journeys was named as the ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ at the highly respected British Travel Awards, and again in 2017. The awards are in recognition of the quality of our tours to New Zealand and voted for by the public, so you can book your New Zealand tour with Distant Journeys safe in the knowledge that you’re travelling with an award-winning company.

Enjoy complete peace of mind

We take great pride in putting together the best guided New Zealand tours possible. We’re lucky to benefit from the unique knowledge and experience that our Directors gained between them over the 60 years they’ve been in the travel industry. Plus, you can rest assured that our holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can book knowing your money is 100% safe!

Why not add Australia to your itinerary?

To really make the most of their journey to the other side of the world, we find that many people who visit New Zealand want to visit Australia too. Our fabulous 28-day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Tour provides the perfect holiday for you to compare and contrast these fascinating destinations. If this sounds like a fantastic idea, then combining one of our New Zealand tours with one of our tours of Australia may be the perfect holiday for you. See our Australia and New Zealand combination tours for more details.

New Zealand holiday highlights

Our tours to New Zealand have so many highlights. You can enjoy some of these and more…

  • Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains
  • The TranzAlpine rail journey across the Southern Alps
  • Queenstown on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Dunedin with its wonderful architecture
  • Franz Josef Glacier two nights spent in this beautiful region
  • Nelson home to beautiful wineries and Abel Tasman National Park
  • Wellington – New Zealand’s vibrant capital city
  • Napier – an Art Deco city swith wonderful Hawkes Bay near by
  • Rotorua including entry into Te Puia Thermal Reserve and a Maori concert
  • Bay of Islands cruise to Hole in the Rock from Paihia
  • Auckland – the City of Sails

All of our escorted holidays to New Zealand offer exceptional value, but this doesn’t mean we compromise on the quality of your experience. Instead, we only take bookings directly from our customers, avoiding expensive travel agency commissions and allowing us to pass those savings on to you.

Hand-picked hotels, perfectly placed

Our Directors know the hotels in New Zealand inside out and have personally chosen all the accommodation throughout your New Zealand tour to ensure they meet their high standards and are in great locations.

‘Once in a lifetime’ experiences like no other…

What makes our holidays to New Zealand different from the rest, is not only will you see all the spectacular sights you’d expect, but depending on your choice of tour, you’ll get to enjoy some truly amazing experiences you might not expect to find on such a reasonably priced holiday. For example, you would not expect to enjoy a leisurely cruise on Milford Mariner as you explore the beauty of Milford Sound – yet with us, it’s included!

It’s amazing what our New Zealand tours include

  • International scheduled flights
  • A choice of UK departure airports
  • A selection of two night outbound stopovers
  • Overseas airport transfers
  • Quality hotels in great locations
  • Daily breakfasts worth up to £367 per person
  • Experienced local Coach Captains
  • Amazing excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise

Imagine enjoying all the benefits of travelling with a group of like-minded people; the laughs, the camaraderie, the security and peace of mind. And on top of this, also having an almost limitless number of ways in which you can tailor your New Zealand tour so that it’s perfect for you. It’s what a guided tour with Distant Journeys is all about.

Choose your airport

To make travelling as enjoyable and easy as possible, you can choose from a selection of UK airports for your scheduled international flights, at no extra cost.

On both our 23-day Magnificent New Zealand tour and 28-day Very Best of New Zealand tour, you may choose to travel with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow (or Manchester on selected dates). Alternatively, you may choose the Qantas and Emirates partnership from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow, without paying a penny extra.

Take a break in a city of your choice

And to make your travel more manageable, a two night stopover is included on all our New Zealand escorted tours. Your options, dependent on your choice of tour and airline, include Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai.

Days to do as you please

We understand that not everyone will enjoy the same activities, which is why we’ve created Freedom Days – days which offer a range of experiences for you to choose from. Simply pick which one that suits you best.

From adventurous activities like sailing an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland, to sampling wines in New Zealand’s Central Otago region, what you do is down to you. And you don’t have to decide now – you can make your choices whilst travelling in New Zealand. That way you can go as the mood takes you.

Need more time?

If you’d like to stay a little longer, visit friends and family perhaps, we’ll be happy to arrange alternative flights for you. All you need to do is ask!

Special offer – save up to £632 per couple

Distant Journeys includes a two night stopover on your way to New Zealand in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. In addition to this included stopover on the way out, we’re offering early bookers a two-night homebound stopover for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). This amounts to a saving of up to £632 on the normal price you would pay. To take advantage of this early booking price, all you need to do is book by 3oth November 2018 and travel on a tour departing after 1st August 2019.

The offer is subject to availability of flights and accommodation at the time of booking and is available on the following tours. Just click on the tour name for more information:

Your homebound stopover options with this £29 per person early booking offer are four incredible cities; Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai.

As an alternative, a three night stay in Bali is possible at a reduced price of £199 per person in a twin room or £398 in a room for single occupancy.

The offer includes return transfers and accommodation including full breakfast. If travelling with Singapore Airlines, you must stop over in Singapore in each direction.

Why Distant Journeys?

Over 60 years in the industry

  • Award-winning holidays
    We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ in both 2016 and 2017 at the British Travel Awards.
  • Outstanding reviews
    We are so proud that our customers really love what we do. So much so, Distant Journeys has achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating with independent reviews verified by reviews provider Feefo.
  • Leisurely paced tours
    Spend longer in each destination so you can fully explore at your leisure.
  • Exceptional value, uncompromising quality
    Superior hotels, all flights, many meals and fantastic excursions are included.
  • Peace of mind
    Distant Journeys holidays are fully ATOL protected and your money is 100% safe
  • Freedom and flexibility
    Select the flights, stopovers and activities to create your perfect holiday.
feefo 99% of our customers are happy with our service

of our customers are
happy with our service

  • The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
    Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
  • We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
    Mr & Mrs Kell, Magnificent New Zealand

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