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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01/09/2019
Our tour driver Chris was great and all of the people in our group were delightful! Georgina was so helpful with all of our planning questions and organizing the Australia part of our trip.
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03/05/2019
This is the way to see New Zealand both North and South Islands. The bus was luxurious and our group of 20 was very comfortable and never so large so as to be disorganized. We had an outstanding coach captain and driver, Paul, who presented his country very well.
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15/03/2019
Thoroughly enjoyable! From our perspective, this is the only way to tour both islands. Marie, our agent at Relaxing Journeys was very helpful and answered all questions in a timely manner. Transfers to/from the airports were handled in a professional manner. The coach is very comfortable and makes plenty of stops for tours and breaks. Even though each seat in the coach is wonderful, Grand Pacific has a seat rotation plan that will move you to different seats throughout the entire coach during the tour - nobody has a bad seat. Hotels were the best in the area, and the included meals were varied and delicious. We had a change in drivers during the tour and can say without reservation that both John and Roger took excellent care of everyone. The tours were interesting, and in some cases unusual. The optional Skipper's Canyon tour in Queenstown allowed us to view fantastic landscape - you may be annoyed by sand flies, so make certain you bring some insect repellent. The overnight Doubtful Sound cruise was also a highlight and provided fantastic views. Don't overpack - You'll find laundry facilities during the journey, and two of the hotels have a free guest laundry. Loved the trip!
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5
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03/03/2019
This Kirra tour was exactly was I was expecting plus a little bit more. Outstanding driver-guide, David, was knowledgeable, professional, and most helpful, especially when I pulled a stupid tourist stunt and when I got sick. The tour was recommended by Marie, at Relaxing Journeys, after I explained what I wanted. She clearly listened carefully to my wishes ("small group, please, big bus groups will have me running the other way") made the perfect suggestion and then followed through with attention to all details. Since I am in US, we did all of this by email, without a hitch. I am a most happy customer with great memories of my special three weeks in NZ. I highly recommend Marie, at Relaxing Journeys.
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03/03/2019
At the end of my Kirra tour, Marie made the arrangements for me to go on to Napier for a few days because I was keen to see the Art Deco architecture. She clearly listened to my preferences for hotels and activities. A morning walking architectural tour was excellent followed by a fun "safari" to see the gannets. The great surprise was the jaw dropping landscape one travels to get to the gannets. I loved Napier - Wished I had planned a longer stay. Marie checked all of my wishlist boxes, efficiently and completely.
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