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New Zealand Small Group Tours

Select from 17 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 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise  & Coach Experience 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience

    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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    - 31/03/2018
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 9 Day Northern Escape 9 Day Northern Escape

    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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    - 24/03/2018
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 8 Day Spectacular North 8 Day Spectacular North

    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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    - 21/03/2018
  • ReviewSmall Group Tour 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise  & Coach Experience 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience

    We had a great time touring your country. The people are very friendly and happy. We highly recommend the Ultimate Tour with Grand Pacific. Paul was our coach driver, and he did an excellent job. The coach was very nice, and with only 20 people in the group it created a more relaxing atmosphere for the various daily activities. Toni, thanks for all your help.

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    - 15/03/2018
  • ReviewLOTR Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour 15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour

    LOTR 15 day tour is fantastic! This is the 2nd time we've been on the tour. If you are a LOTR fan this is definitely the tour for you! Julie, our tour guide was amazing! We plan on doing it for a 3rd time in a coupe of years! We highly recommended the LOTR 15 day tour! Relaxing Journeys is top notch! We've used them to plan two of our holidays to New Zealand and we will use them again when we return in a couple of years. We highly recommend them.

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    - 12/03/2018
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