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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.

  • ReviewLOTR Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour

    This tour is set up to cater for hard core Tolkien Fans. I wouldn't recommend this tour to someone with a casual or interest or who has just watched the movies. It is an expensive tour, but it is worth the money you pay.

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    - 04/09/2017
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience 19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience

    The Grand Pacific Ultimate NZ Small Group Tour was exceptional. The coach was spacious and very comfortable. In fact, someone from a non-ultimate tour asked to look at our coach and described it as a "Rolls-Royce" compared to their coach. The itinerary was also terrific - almost everything we did could be the "best part" of an overall fantastic 19-days. We had a great time and are so glad we choose a small group ultimate tour. The accommodations and meals were also magnificent.

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    - 09/03/2017
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 12 Day The Southern Drift 12 Day The Southern Drift

    A wonderful tour to see the diversity and beauty of the South Island, with the added extra to experience Stewart Island.

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    - 06/03/2017
  • ReviewLOTR Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour

    Relaxing Journeys made my booking so easy and painless. Toni is VERY helpful and was in constant contact with me and was patient with all my many questions. Red Carpet Tours for the LOTR is an exceptional group. Julie is the best tour guide I've ever had. She made the whole experience more personal with her knowledge and passion for LOTR. It felt like a very exclusive tour because she took us in remote areas that would not be available elsewhere. We ate like Hobbits and was thoroughly entertained nonstop throughout the tour. You don't have to a mega fan of LOTR to enjoy all that NZ has to offer. But if you are fan, this tour will enhance your Middle-earth experience tenfold. I highly recommend this tour and booking from Relaxing Journeys.

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    - 06/03/2017
  • ReviewLOTR Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour

    The tour was an amazing experience, it was well worth the price. The locations were gorgeous and the people were lovely. Our tour felt more like an in depth look at both the Lord of the Rings movies and New Zealand itself because our tour guide knew so many of the local people. Overall it was everything I hoped for and more and I would definitely do it again.

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    - 05/03/2017
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