New Zealand Small Group Tours

Choose from a selection of New Zealand’s most popular small group tours. If touring in a large group isn’t for you and the idea of driving yourself doesn’t appeal, a small group tour might be just the answer. You’ll love the difference. Avoid the crowds, more leisure time, fabulous dining & travel in comfort and style with friendly professional hosts.

NEW ZEALAND SMALL GROUP TOURS

All New Zealand
Small Group Tours

Choose one of our unique small group coach tours covering the must-see areas of New Zealand. Our trips allow you to appreciate the best of New Zealand and its people by giving you the chance to participate & not just spectate!
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Both Islands
Small Group Tours

Small group touring over the both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Avoid the crowds, more leisure time, fabulous dining & travel in comfort and style with friendly professional hosts.
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North Island
Small Group Tours

Small group touring over the North Island of New Zealand. An amazing summer destination, North Island delights include secluded coves and beaches, quaint country towns amongst rolling hills and the volcanic, geothermal wonderland in the island's centre.
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South Island
Small Group Tours

Each small group itinerary has been individually created by our local travel specialists and include unique travel experiences while remaining flexible enough to allow you to discover the South Island at a relaxed pace.
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Special Interest
Small Group Tours

Christmas tours, single travellers, train & rail buffs, and Lord of the Rings enthusiasts - we have a New Zealand small group tour designed with your interests in mind!
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NEW ZEALAND SMALL GROUP TOUR OPERATORS

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Grand Pacific’s small group tours are for the discerning traveller who appreciates the highest quality. Be dazzled by this state-of-the-art full size vehicle configured with only 20 luxury leather seats complete with incredible amenities. Be the envy of all travellers on the road and enjoy a handpicked collection of stylish 4.5 star rated hotels.
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With no more than 24 guests on Kirra's Platinum small group journeys, you'll enjoy a more intimate and personal style of touring. This exciting range of tours features premium hotels and lodges, exclusive excursions, great sightseeing inclusions and superb dining. All at a relaxed, leisurely pace that will delight even the most discerning traveller.
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Grand Pacific Tours coach holidays are aimed primarily at the mature age traveller; however they offer a variety of special interest tours that appeal to travellers of all ages. Offering three styles of "all inclusive" touring - Luxury Coach Holidays; Ultimate Small Group Touring and Special Interest Tours that represent the best value for money and include the highest quality standard of product.
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Join Red Carpet Tours on their next journey through Middle Earth. Experience a fellowship you’ll never forget through the majesty of New Zealand, with the leaders in Lord of the Rings Tours. Red Carpet Tours opened its doors in 2001, and has since taken thousands of The Lord of the Rings fans on life-changing journeys across Middle Earth.

FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We work with only the leading New Zealand small group touring operators, including Inspiring Journeys, Grand Pacific Ultimate, Red Carpet Toursand Kirra Tours. We are confident your stay in our country is something that will be remembered for ever…for the right reasons! Our close relationship with all of our small group operators ensures you are kept up to date with the latest Guaranteed departure dates and pricing specials. Relaxing Journeys have a Price Guarantee in place that’s ensures you will not find a better price for your small group tour anywhere else – in the world.

That’s easy! Click here for 10 great reasons to book your coach holiday to New Zealand with us. To find out what our previous clients think, read their testimonials here.

From luxury small group tours for the discerning traveller, to more active inspired itineraries where the focus is “getting out and about”, you are sure to find a small group tour that suits you. Your dedicated Tour Consultant is here to help you decide, and to make booking your tour as relaxing as possible! We’ve also put together a comparison chart of escorted tour & small group tour operators we have partnered with, to help you choose.

The mode of transport and coach facilities differ for each operator of our small group tours, but all coaches are designed for smaller groups and hold a max of 16-24 guests. All of the Operators we work with operate well appointed coaches.

Grand Pacific Ultimate’s purpose built coaches are in a class of their own. You’ll travel on a full size coach (13.5m long) which would normally house 48 seats but which has been reconfigured with only 20 luxury leather seats. You will experience surroundings akin to the ‘pointy end’ of an aeroplane.

Inspiring Journeys’ modern vehicles are designed for your comfort. Our air-conditioned vehicles are fitted with superior leg room, ergonomically designed seats, panoramic windows and glass roof for the best views, a restroom, kitchen with refrigerator and state-of-the-art technology, including DVD player, LCD viewing screen, iPod connection and a PA system. There are complimentary creature comforts on board including refreshments.

All small group tours include a driver/guide or a driver and a guide who will make sure everything runs smoothly, including booking any optional activities and providing you with tour commentary and support when you reach your destination.

All of the small group tours partnering with Relaxing Journeys are officially “open age” tours, but generally travellers are aged 40+ and come from all over the world. On small group tours, you will be travelling with the same people during your tour and you will all be staying at the same accommodation. While it may sound clichéd, friendships always blossom on a small group journey. You’ll have plenty of time to strengthen existing friendships as well as the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers, socialise and start new ones.

Yes we welcome bookings from all over the world. Your tour deposit is always paid by credit card and the balance is then paid 45 days out from the start of the tour either by credit card or bank transfer. To read more regarding how you book your holiday click here.

Yes. After we receive your final balance you’ll receive your full itinerary detailing tour times, pick up and arrival information etc. We will send this to you by email around 35-40 days out from your tour, then on your arrival in New Zealand you’ll receive another copy of your itinerary along with travel documentation, your travel wallets and/or travel bags.

We have a comprehensive weather section that explains the best times to visit New Zealand. To read more, please click here.

There are a few tours where we handle the domestic flights to and from certain destinations within New Zealand, however we do not book international flights to and from New Zealand unless they are included in the tour price. If you’d like more information on flights to and from New Zealand – click here.

Below is a recent list of feedback our past small group touring clients have sent us on their return home. Their comments and insights can help you decide on the small group tour operator best suited to your travel plans. We’ve listed the most recent reviews below. Click to view all our small group tour reviews.

NEW ZEALAND SMALL GROUP TOUR REVIEWS

Below is a recent list of feedback our past small group touring clients have sent us on their return home. Their comments and insights can help you decide on the small group tour operator best suited to your travel plans. We’ve listed the most recent reviews below. Click to view all our small group tour reviews.

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Small Group Tour
26/01/2019
This was the best tour. Small groups and VERY comfortable bus. Just amazing getting to see so much in a short time. Highly recommended if you want to see most of New Zealand in a short time. Great value for the money.
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30/12/2018
Hate the early morning starts but realise that's part and parcel of a coach tour. There's a lot to see over the course of a day and we covered a lot of ground.
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Small Group Tour
05/12/2018
When people ask us how was our New Zealand tour, we say "special". We came away feeling this was the best way to see the two islands of New Zealand in 16 days. Dave, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, organized and personable. We would highly recommend the small group tour- the bus was comfortable and each person had a window seat. As this was our first tour, we thought it would have been nice to have more 2 night stays and will take this into consideration in the future.
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4
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28/10/2018
A fast paced tour. Overall excellent, but the service in two hotels was poor, one of which was located out further out of town than we liked.
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LOTR Tour
03/09/2018
Absolutely loved this holiday. The LOTR tour felt a lot longer than two weeks, there was so much to see and do. The group I was with were fantastic too - we all got on really well. Julie @RCT is a star - she worked so hard to ensure everything went smoothly. I can't wait to head back to New Zealand - still so much more to explore.
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