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
"I’ve just been travelling with Jill in the Adriatic and had an absolutely wonderful time." RS.
While we are all waiting to continue our adventures overseas, here’s a way to do a little armchair travelling with me. Over the next few months I’ll be posting excerpts of me reading from my two travel books. Here’s Episode 1 from A Blonde in the Bazaar.
“Why would you travel with anyone else but Jill Worrall?” Ann and Don
The Chatham Islands – Confirmed departure – only a few places left.
Nov 3 – Nov 10 (Christchurch departure)
Nov 12 – Nov 19 (Auckland departure)
The Deep South of NZ – There are only a few places left on this tour.
Nov 26 – Dec 8 (approx)
To view info about the 2020 tours click here.
2020 and 2021 Tours
With all of my overseas tours for 2020 now postponed until 2021 I’ve decided that we all still need some travel to look forward to – new places to see, favourite spots to revisit and perhaps just as importantly – the chance to enjoy travel with like-minded people, have fun, stimulating conversations and just shut-off from the wider world for a bit!
So, for later this year, 2020, I’ve put together three New Zealand tours (with two departures for the Chatham Islands). I will be travelling on all of these small group tours both to manage and guide (with local experts appearing on the way) and to make sure that all you have to do is to have a great time. As always, all these tours are run in conjunction with House of Travel Riccarton, with Moray Johnson organising all flights and bookings with you.
Although I might be better known as something of an overseas tour expert I have extensive travel experience around New Zealand including a major writing role in a revised edition of the Reader’s Digest Guide to NZ and preparation of bespoke itineraries for overseas travellers.
Next year, 2021, is going to be a combination of tours closer to home and a number of the overseas tours that have been postponed from 2020.
If you would like more detailed information about any of the 2020 or 2021 tours click here to contact me for more information.
What about 2021?
I’m going to kick off 2021 with two Australia tours and another NZ journey. Of course the two Australian tours do depend on us having a quarantine-free travel arrangement and we’ll be monitoring this situation very carefully as the year progresses
Tasmania – The Grand Circuit
Jan 24 – Feb 7 (approx), 2021
The Great South-Western Edge – Western Australia
Feb 15 – Feb 28 (approx)
Central Otago and the West Coast of NZ
March 5 – March 15 (approx)
From April, 2021 onwards I hope to be able to resume my tours that had to be postponed in 2020. Please click here for more information about all the 2021 tours.
What travellers say about Jill’s tours:
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.