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

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: SAVE up to £632 per couple! Book by 1st March 2021 on any tour to New Zealand departing after September 2021 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £29 per person.

£99 LOW DEPOSIT: On top of our Special Launch Offer, if you book any tour of New Zealand by 15th December 2020 your deposit will be only £99 per person. See the offers tab for full 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 a  28-day Very Best of New Zealand touring holiday. And 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 our success was repeated again in 2019. We are keeping our fingers crossed we will be successful again in 2020. The awards are in recognition of the quality of our tours to New Zealand and voted for by the public.

Furthermore, Distant Journeys have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating, so you can book your New Zealand tour with Distant Journeys safe in the knowledge that you’re travelling with a multi 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. You can rest assured that our holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), plus, if Distant Journeys need to change any of your travel plans before you depart due to Covid-19, you have the option to change to another tour, or cancel your holiday with a full refund, 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. 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 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 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


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 overnight cruise on Milford Mariner as you explore the beauty of Milford Sound – yet with us, on our Very Best of New Zealand tour, 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 & Covid-19 Guarantee

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 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 & KLM from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow. 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 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 now with only £99 per person deposit and SAVE up to £632 per couple!

To celebrate the launch of our 2021/2022 season if you book any of our New Zealand tours departing from September 2021, by the 1st March 2021 you will be able to take advantage of a selection of Special Launch Offers, which will save you up to £632 per couple.

Our most popular Special Launch Offer – a two night homebound stopover is available for only £29 per person – on all our New Zealand tours. Dependent on your preferred itinerary and choice of airline, there are several options for your £29 stopover including Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai and Sentosa Island.

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.

Flying with Qantas & Emirates? If so you also have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 per person.

We are also pleased to offer our new £99 per person deposit offer. Just make a new booking to New Zealand between 13th November and the 15th December 2020 to take advantage of this special low deposit.

Special Offers: terms and conditions
Special Launch Offer is £29pp in twin / double room, £58 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £632 per couple is available on tours departing from September 2021 and is on the price of the homebound stopover.

The £99 low deposit is per person and is available for all new bookings made between 13th November 2020 and the 15th December 2020. This offer is available on tours of Australia and New Zealand departing after September 2021 and is non-refundable. Please note, the £99 deposit is not available for passengers who have booked prior to 13th November 2020, or for those passengers transferring their booking from the 2020/21 season. The balance of the deposit is payable by the 15th February 2021.

Want to learn more about these amazing offers along with our fantastic award-winning itineraries to Australia and New Zealand? Just click on the tour name;

24-day Magnificent New Zealand 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 Very Best of 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


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 Platinum Trusted Rating.

100 % Financial Protection

All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in the confidence 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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