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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 fjord 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 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 or the 29-day Very Best of New Zealand tour, you’ll enjoy nothing but the best of what New Zealand has to offer.

SPECIAL OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of New Zealand (departing from September 2020) will be entitled to a two-night homebound stopover for the incredible price of only £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). Please see the offers tab for more details.


Discovering New Zealand with Distant Journeys

On one of our escorted holidays to New Zealand you will visit all the must-see attractions. We offer a 24-day Magnificent New Zealand touring holiday or 29-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. In 2018 Distant Journeys won two further awards for our tours to Australia and New Zealand, and we are keeping our fingers crossed we will be successful again in 2019. 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 tours of New Zealand. 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 30-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

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

Please note, since producing this video we now include a spectacular cruise on Milford Sound and no longer hold the meeting with a Maori tribal elder

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 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 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 24-day Magnificent New Zealand tour and 29-day Very Best of New Zealand tour, you may choose to travel with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow at no extra cost. Alternatively, you may choose the Qantas and Emirates partnership from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow, at a supplement of £395pp.

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 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!

Book your place on one of our escorted tours of New Zealand by the 30 June 2020 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city), enjoy a two-night stopover for the very special price of only £99 per person, based on two sharing. Stopover options depend on your choice of tour itinerary and include Singapore, Sentosa Island, Dubai, Hong Kong and Bangkok.  Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a four-star hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £198 for this offer.

Option 2

If you prefer, you may wish to have a relaxing three-night stay on the tropical island of Bali for the amazing price of only £249 per person. This second Special Launch Offer includes three nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the Melia Hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £448 for this offer.

For specific details on the offers related to your preferred itinerary, please click on the appropriate links below:
24-day Magnificent New Zealand
29-day Very Best of New Zealand

Please note: These offers only apply to tours departing from September 2020. Homebound stopovers in Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Bali are based on flying with the Emirates / Qantas partnership, on which a £395pp supplement applies.

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

Please note, since producing this video we now include a spectacular cruise on Milford Sound and no longer hold the meeting with a Maori tribal elder.

Award-Winning Holidays


We are delighted to have received four awards in the last three years, including ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ at the British Travel Awards.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Gold Trusted Rating.

100 % ATOL Protected

All our holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority meaning you can book with complete confidence knowing your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed Price Promise

We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise.

  • We will reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.
  • We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.


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