Welcome to Jill Worrall Tours
Jill Worrall is an international tour operator and manager; a New Zealander who lives in Leeston in NZ’s South Island.
Since 2003 she has led more than 50 groups – close on 1000 people – over this time, to destinations all around the world. Jill’s travels have taken her from Patagonia in South America, Guatemala in Central America, Cuba in the Caribbean, across to India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, the five “Stans” of Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Iran, north, south and eastern Africa, and all across Europe from Ireland to Russia, Norway to Albania.
Her tours always attract a high proportion of return travellers – some people have explored the world with Jill more than 10 times!
Jill is also one of New Zealand’s most successful travel writers. She has been named New Zealand Travel Writer of the Year; has twice won the award for best newspaper travel article and has won two Qantas Media Awards (NZ most prestigious print media awards) for feature writer. She has won a wealth of other awards and her first travel book, A Blonde in the Bazaar, was runner-up best travel book published in New Zealand in 2005.
Her tours, operated as Jill Worrall Tours, from November 2018 onwards are run in conjunction with House of Travel, Riccarton, Christchurch.
House of Travel is New Zealand’s largest independently owned and operated travel agency, and I know that their extensive knowledge and expertise will help me, and you, create and enjoy the very best possible holiday and travel experiences.
A highly experienced travel consultant, Moray Johnson, has been appointed specifically to work with me on all my tours along with the involvement and expertise from the Riccarton owner-operators.
Moray will promptly and efficiently handle inquiries about the tours, bookings, flights and any requests you might have for pre or post-tour travel. To learn more about Moray click here
Jill is married and has two adult children (her daughter is a high school teacher and her son is a paramedic). She has a rather eclectic array of interests, from gardening and botany to steam trains; mosaic projects to off-beat museums. She has a special interest in the development projects operated by Save the Children New Zealand and the Aga Khan Development Network and still has plenty of the world she wants to see. She also would like to drive really big trucks.
Find out what travellers have to say about Jill’s tour click here
"Why would you travel with anyone else but Jill Worrall?" Ann and Don
“You dream up great journeys and make them real for us” DP
"I’ve just been travelling with Jill in the Adriatic and had an absolutely wonderful time." RS.
The Great South-Western Edge (Western Australia)
Sept 30 – Oct 13, 2022
The Grand Circuit (Tasmania)
Oct 16 – Oct 30, 2022
Oman and the UAE
Nov 20 – Dec 5 (approx), 2022
Lord Howe Island, the Snowy Mountains and Canberra
Feb 17 – Feb 28, 2023
Japan in Springtime
Cruising the Adriatic aboard Luna
Mid May, 2023
Walking the Pilgrim Paths of Ireland
2022 & 2023 Tours
Finally, I’m so pleased to be able to announce final dates for all my 2022 tours, including my first confirmed departure for 2022!
The last two years have been incredibly challenging but I have never given up on my goal to keep JWTours up and running and ready to take flight internationally again as soon as I could. It has been two years of major personal sacrifices, a temporary career as a Covid and flu clinic administrator, more than a few tears but always a determination to keep going so that I can take you around the globe to experience the many amazing places the world has to offer and especially to meet the wonderful people we encounter along the way.
I’m also giving a lot of thought to how to mitigate the impact ANY travel outside New Zealand has on our planet. Clearly, unlike travellers who live in Europe, for example, we have no practical option but long-haul flights to get to most destinations. But I am looking at how to reduce the number of flights while on tour and where possible, to use more rail travel.
Assisting financially with local, small-scale community and environmental projects has always been part of my philosophy and I will be looking at even more ways in the future of continuing this work together with my many in-country business partners. See the Sponsorship page (click here) for more details on this.
There have been a few false starts and disappointments along the way thanks to the unpredictable nature of the global pandemic but now I’m just looking forward to whisking you away on some long-awaited adventures for 2022 and early 2023 and finishing off the planning for some wonderful new tours for the rest of 2023.
What travellers say about Jill’s tours:
“Great trip Jill; Bring on the next one” JM, Central Otago and West Coast, 2021
“Every day a delight, thank you Jill. As always, above expectations.” JJ, Central Otago and West Coast, 2021
“My heartfelt gratitude for being such a wonderful tour guide. You are so knowledgeable and I have learned heaps about the places we visited.” SS, Central Otago and West Coast, 2021.
“Thanks Jill, great trip as always.” MD, The Deep South 2020
” I’ve loved this wonderful journey with you.” LW, The Deep South 2020
“You dream up great journeys and make them real for us.” DP, The Deep South. 2020
Thanks, Jill, for another wonderful adventure full of wonderful sights, fascinating history, incredible architecture, fabulous food, delicious wine and lots of fun and laughter! You are a real treasure … So many amazing memories. RH, Mediterranean Islands, Oct 2019
“It was a fabulous tour…it was a delight” K and A, Mongolia, 2019.
“What a great trip. Croatia exceeded expectations on all fronts. An awesome country. We both had a blast.” KW and DW, Croatia, 2019
“A big thank you again for taking us on yet another exquisite adventure.” MC, Croatia, 2019
“Thanks for organising such a wonderful trip to Iran. I had a truly fantastic time”, Iran, April 2018 – Susan
“What a great tour we had in Iran – I loved every day of it”, Iran, April 2018 – Leslie
“One of my favourite trips in my 13 years of travelling” – Iceland and the Faroes, Sept 2017 – Sue
“Jill is an exceptional leader and we felt very comfortable and happy being taken care of by her, knowing that the tour would happen as expected and any problems dealt with. We had a wonderful trip and the attention to detail was excellent. The local people were friendly, cheerful, happy to answer questions and sort things out with grace. What more could you wish for?”, Zambia and the Zambezi August 2017 – Graham Ingram-Monk
“An absolutely wonderful, amazing, thought-provoking tour. Jill is an amazing tour leader and her ability to take control to sort/fix in a crisis is breathtaking.” – North Korea, July 2017 – Liz
I had a fabulous trip to Cuba in April with Jill….Jill made it such fun – Philippa Sargent
“I don’t do group tours!” Well, that has been the case until now. Friends and previous travellers with Jill recommended if I was to travel then this was the woman I should travel with and I was not disappointed – Marg Palmer, Cuba 2017.
Jill is passionate about what she does and her enthusiasm is contagious. I am booked in a tour for next year already – Lisa Gullen, Central America 2017.
If it’s time for a new adventure I recommend packing your bags and travelling with Jill Worrall Tours. You will not be disappointed – Gaylene Marinkovic, Croatia Cruise and Walk 2017.