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New Zealand Small Group Tours

Select from 19 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.

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New Zealand Small Group Tour Operators

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What New Zealand small group operators do you partner with?

    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.

  • 2. Why should we book our small group tour through Relaxing Journeys?

    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.

  • 3. What are the differences between the small group operators?

    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.

  • 4. What are the small group touring coaches like?

    Grand Pacific Ultimate 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.

  • 5. Do all the small group tours have tour guides?

    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.

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  • 6. What is the average age of travellers on a New Zealand small group tour?

    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.

  • 7. We are from outside New Zealand, do you take bookings from us? How do we pay for our tour?

    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.

  • 8. Do we get any more information than that provided on your website?

    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.

  • 9. When is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

    We have a comprehensive weather section that explains the best times to visit New Zealand.

  • 10. Are flights included?

    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.

  • 11. Do you handle travel insurance?

    We do not sell travel insurance, however we do have information on a few select providers if you are looking for a recommendation. We do recommend all small group tour participants organise travel insurance for their holiday.

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.

  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour

    There are people who enjoy coach tours and there are those who prefer to self-drive. Bev and I generally fall into the latter category and so this was the first tour of this type we've ever undertaken. That said, the luxury coach, the generally high standard of the accommodation and the mostly superb food went a long way towards assuaging our pre-tour fears. We are still not devoted coach tourists but this trip would suit most people. At one point I left my iPad at Lake Wakatipo on our way to Mt Cook. Miraculously, our driver Chris Hannah was able to arrange for a friend of his in Lake Wakatipo to collect it from the place it had been handed into by an honest tourist. That friend of our coach driver then delivered the iPad to the Hermitage for a fee of $300 which I paid to Chris. Fortuitous indeed! Although coach touring is probably not for us, we intend to visit the North Island in Feb/Mar 2019 for a self-drive holiday and would appreciate advice of any offers you may have in this regard.

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    - 19/12/2018
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 22 Day The Long White Cloud 22 Day The Long White Cloud

    Guide and driver outstanding professional and personal. Could have left out Milford Sounds for me, included Dunedin instead. Great country and people.

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    - 11/12/2018
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience 19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience

    Great way to see the country in a small group (less than 20 people), but using a full sized coach that is adapted for this number.

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    - 14/11/2017
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

    Don't change anything. Perfect as is.

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    - 01/11/2017
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey

    The trip was well organized, the driver (and host) was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. The lodging and events were just wonderful. I feel we got a very thorough look at this beautiful country.

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    - 21/10/2017
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