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New Zealand Tours

Wonderful tours to New Zealand with itineraries ranging from 24 to 31 days long.

New Zealand really is a country like no other, with incredible natural beauty, a fascinating culture and delightful towns and cities.

Our escorted tours of New Zealand aim to show you just how breathtaking, enchanting and unique this country is, taking in the very best of both North Island and South Island. On South Island, you’ll discover the historic city of Dunedin and the regenerating city of Christchurch, as well as some truly incredible natural scenery. The South Island leg of our New Zealand tours also takes in the tranquil waters of Te Anau, a fiord cruise on Milford Sound, the incredible Franz Josef glacier, mesmerising mountains and rolling countryside.

Over on the North Island, among the amazing places you can visit on our New Zealand escorted tours are the waterside city of Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, the spectacular Bay of Islands, where you’ll find several stunning yet untouched beaches, and the hot springs of Rotorua.

All of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences and more have been put together by our team of travel experts to create the ultimate New Zealand tour. Whether you choose the 24-day Magnificent New Zealand tour , 24-day Natural Wonders of New Zealand tour, the 27-day New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea tour, or the 28-day Very Best of New Zealand tour, you’ll enjoy nothing but the best of what New Zealand has to offer.

SAVE up to £492 per couple! Book any tour to Australia and/or New Zealand departing from September 2024 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £99 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024.

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The true Australasian experts

At Distant Journeys we are true escorted touring experts. From our knowledgeable Directors and Reservations consultants at Head Office to our Tour Managers on the ground, each person plays a unique role in ensuring you have the holiday of a lifetime.

We have extensive experience in the travel industry and in creating the best escorted tours of Australasia from the UK. You can be confident that our escorted tours New Zealand are of the highest standard.

Our success is evident having now become 18-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.

Your money is 100% safe when you book with Distant Journeys. All our Australasian touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913).

Award-winning escorted tours

We have won numerous awards at the British Travel Awards, most recently ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’, ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.

Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and this is reflected across our company. We have received an incredible 4.8/5 customer experience rating with independent reviews provider Feefo, and were awarded its highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.

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 31-day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand Tour provides the perfect holiday for you to compare and contrast these fascinating destinations. Or if you prefer we have a number of departures that combine one of our New Zealand tours with one of our tours of Australia to make the perfect touring holiday. See our Australia and New Zealand combination tours for more details.

New Zealand tour highlights

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

  • Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains
  • 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 with 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
  • Guided walks on the Milford and Kepler tracks
  • Otago Peninsula – Abundant wildlife
  • Lake Mapourika – Stunning lake on the West Coast

All of our escorted holidays 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 guided tours to New Zealand different from the rest is that 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 spectacular morning cruise 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
  • 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 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 our 24-day Magnificent New Zealand tour, 24-day Natural Wonders of New Zealand, our 27-day New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea tour and our 28-day Very Best of New Zealand tour, you may choose to travel with the Qantas & Emirates partnership from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow. Alternatively, you may choose to fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow. Flights with Singapore Airlines from Manchester may be available on certain days of the week. All at no extra cost.

Take a break in a city of your choice

There aren’t many places on the planet further away than New Zealand. So to help make your travel more manageable, and give you the opportunity to experience a fantastic city too, a two night stopover has been included on your journey to New Zealand, on all our New Zealand escorted tours. Your options, dependent on your choice of 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 the vast majority of your choices whilst on your escorted New Zealand tour. 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!

Book now and SAVE up to £492 per couple!

If you book any of our New Zealand tours departing after September 2024 by the 1st July 2024 you will be able to take advantage of our Special Offer, which will save you up to £492 per couple.

Our most popular Special Offer – a two night homebound stopover is available for only £99 per person – on all of our Australia and/or New Zealand tours. There are several options for your £99 stopover including SingaporeBangkok and Dubai .

These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.

You also have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £149 per person. Alternatively, you may wish to spend 2 nights on Sentosa Island at the only beachfront resort in Singapore, for only £179 per person.

Special Offer: Terms and Conditions
Special Offer is £99pp in twin / double room, £198 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £179 per person (£358 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £492 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover. Available only on departures after September 2024.

Award-winning tours

Want to learn more about our fantastic award-winning itineraries to Australia and New Zealand?

24-day Magnificent New Zealand tour

24-day Natural Wonders of New Zealand tour

27-day New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea tour

28-day Very Best of New Zealand tour

30-day Highlights of Australia & New Zealand tour

19-day Essential Australia tour

22-day Wonders of Australia tour

29-day Treasures of Australia tour

29-day Very Best of Australia tour

27-day Christmas & New Year in Australia tour

Or for any of our combined tours of Australia & New Zealand, please click here.



See what makes an escorted tour to New Zealand with Distant Journeys so unique.

Please note, since producing this video the itinerary has been amended slightly and inclusions may vary.


Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 18 awards over the last seven years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

Guaranteed Price Promise

Know you are paying the best price for your holiday with our Price Promise. We never offer last minute discounts and we guarantee the earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.

100% Financial Protection

Book in the confidence your money is 100% safe. All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 10913) or ABTOT (number 5427).


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