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

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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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. Limited to only 20 travellers, travel on the Ultimate Coach, a vehicle designed especially by Grand Pacific Tours. Let us pamper you with premium accommodation and indulge in fabulous cuisine complemented with New Zealand’s highly distinctive wines.
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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.

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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22/04/2018
Small group and Ultimate Coach, the only way to travel. The tour beyond our expectations and our driver/guide/"nanny", Davis Underwood was the very best with a wealth of knowledge, wonderful sense of humor and an excellent driver to boot. Both islands are stunning and we were very happy with the selected optional tours.
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15/04/2018
Outstanding tour. Saw NZ from top to bottom. Paul an excellent driver and guide. Meals and hotels quite good overall. Lots of driving involved but the elegant coach made it quite comfortable. With only 20 people, everyone became pretty friendly during trip.
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31/03/2018
Loved the tour. Would recommend it. Everything was taken care of with no worries for us. Only complaint would be the audio system on the coach. The driver was hard to understand. Also would like to see shades that pull down from the top of the window to block the sun in the early morning and late afternoon or if that's not possible some window tinting at the top. Not crazy about the three buffets. The food was excellent in the hotels with the exception of the Distinction in Dunedin. The hotel itself in Dunedin was superior but the food did not live up to the rest of the hotel. The tours were all handled very well. We felt very welcome in the country. Again, we loved the tour and would highly recommend it.
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4
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24/03/2018
Well put together tour. Many quality inclusions, nice hotels and every day well prepared highlights and places of interest to visit. Coach driver Kevin was fantastic while the small group (14) contributed to a very "relaxing journey".
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21/03/2018
Good safe driver . Think having a choice of things to do on a couple of stops would make the tour better for most. For example not everyone is interested in wine tasting etc . We were delivered to our hotel in Rotorua around lunch time so it would have been nice to have a quick tour around that town instead of leaving the next day having seen nothing except the cultural centre, which was lovely. But having said this we were happy to have done the tour. Cheers.
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