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.
Jill’s Central Central Otago and West Coast Tour March 5 – March 18
Is now a confirmed departure!
There is room for just a few more travellers but you will need to be quick. Contact me now if you are interested in this highlight-packed tour!
Central Otago and the West Coast
March 5 – March 18
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE – JUST A FEW PLACES LEFT!
Tasmania – the Grand Circuit
15 day tour | April 4 – 18
Lord Howe Island and the Snowy Mountains
12 day tour | May 12 – May 23
Queensland’s Southern Outback
12 day tour | July 1 – 12
The Top End – The Northern Territory
11 day tour | July 25 – Aug 4
The Great South-West Edge
14 day tour | Oct 2- Oct 15
Now that we can plan for travel to Australia beginning in the autumn of 2021, I have five Australia tours read to go! There’s also one fantastic NZ tour as well, my Central Otago and West Coast tour in March. This tour has been planned by me totally from scratch and I will be travelling on all of these small group tours 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. I have also travelled widely throughout Australia, most often as a guest of various state tourism organisations, writing about everything from scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef to travelling on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Perth. I love Australia and know it very well.
Check out the 2021 tours page for more information about my NZ and Australian tours and if you would like more detailed information about them click here to contact me for more information.
What about the rest of 2021?
While we wait for more news on where else we can travel internationally during 2021 my plans for the rest of the 2021 will be shared with you on my website and through my regular newsletters. If you would like to go on the mailing list for these (they are monthly and you don’t receive any other emails from me unless you’ve asked for extra information), please contact Moray on firstname.lastname@example.org
At present, my confirmed departures from 2020 for both my Greek Island journey and my comprehensive tour of Ethiopia are still very much possibilities for 2021. Watch this space for more information or contact me for more information.
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.