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
Join Jill Worrall in 2020 on one of her fascinating, unique, tailor-made tours. Each tour will be escorted and managed by Jill to her very exacting, caring, high standards that have made her one of the most popular tour managers in New Zealand. Her local guides and operators are the very best available and many are personal friends, all of which means you have an unforgettable, top quality and stress-free holiday.
All tours are run in conjunction with House of Travel Riccarton.
Many of Jill’s tours (especially the small group wildlife or adventure tours) fill up quickly so if you are interested in one of her 2020 tours do please get in touch soon as some of these, have very limited spaces. Click here to contact me for more information and check out the 2020 tours.
A Taste of Brazil
Check out this great short video featuring many of the locations I will be visiting on my Wildlife of Brazil tour this August. It also features some of the spectacular wildlife we should get to see while we are there! This is a small group tour I won’t be repeating again, at least not for the next three years!
“Why would you travel with anyone else but Jill Worrall?” Ann and Don
Romania and the Balkans
Now postponed till May or September 2021
(this tour is NOT cancelled!)
View more info here
The Pamir Highway | Confirmed departure
June 30 – July 19 2020
The Wildlife of Brazil
August 16 – September 6 2020
Jill’s Significant Birthday Party and Greek Island-Hopping Tour
September 14 – October 4 2020
Ethiopia | Departure 1: Filling fast
October 14 – November 4 2020
Departure 2: Filling fast
November 4 – November 25 2020
New Year in Europe
Dec 27, 2020 – Jan 16, 2021 (approx)
To view info about the 2020 tours click here.
"I’ve just been travelling with Jill in the Adriatic and had an absolutely wonderful time." RS.
What travellers say about Jill’s tours:
“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.