Welcome to Jill Worrall Tours


Jill Worrall is an international tour operator and manager; a New Zealander who lives in Timaru 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, are in conjunction with her colleague and friend, Timaru-based travel broker Lee Johns.

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.

To find out more about Jill’s latest tours and to read feedback from some of her many very happy clients, click here.

forgottensherpasCommunity sponsorship

We are helping to provide clean-burning stoves and chimneys for a remove region in Nepal this year. To find out more about our sponsorship project click here.

Videos about my tours…

I hope you will check out the newest addition to my website – short video clips featuring me talking about my tours. Thanks so much to my stepdaughter Rachael Burrows who filmed and edited these for me. All were unscripted so consequently there was the odd mistake by me, most of which have also been kept for you to enjoy….

You can view the videos on the 2017 & 2018 tour pages. Click here to view the bloopers!

View info for the upcoming 2017 & 2018 tours

Last-Minute Vacancies!

Croatia Cruise and Walk – We have only one cabin left on Croatia Cruise and Walk. This is a double cabin so is perfect for a couple or for a single person. This won’t be available for long so do get in touch soon if you’d like to join me on our Adriatic Cruise.

Cruising the Arctic – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

I’m so excited to have secured just a few cabins on an expedition cruise vessel that will be cruising form Svalbard on Norway’s’ Spitzbergen Island to Russia’s Franz Josef Land (a volcanic, glaciated archipelago only discovered about 150 years ago.)

Jill Worrall Tours is delighted to be the only tour operator in New Zealand to be offering this journey from July 2 to July 20, 2018. Places on this tour are very strictly limited for what will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel through a world of icebergs, glacier-capped peaks and abundant wildlife including polar bears and walrus.
Because the cruise season on the Arctic is so short, demand for space on the cruises is intense which is why we are launching this tour so early. We are so excited to have secured room for a maximum of 12 passengers. I will be accompanying you all the way from NZ and even on the ship which has a maximum capacity of 114 passengers, I will taking extra good care of my own group, (as will the crew of 94!). Already three cabins are spoken-for so if you’re interested contact me soon.

Click here or visit the 2018 tour page for more information.

New tour for 2018!

After a couple of years’ absence I’m heading back to Ireland with a tour.Partly due to so many requests (not to mention I’ve missed being in Ireland so much) I am offering a walking tour of Ireland that will encompass not only the very best of mainland Ireland but some of its wonderful islands too. Click here to find out more about my Walking Ireland’s Pilgrim Routes tour.

Upcoming 2017 Tours

Vintage Europe
June 1 – June 19, 2017   |  CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Zambia and the Zambezi   |  CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
Limited places still available

30 July to 18 August 2017

Iceland and the Faroe Islands  |  TOUR FULL (WAIT LIST AVAILABLE)
Sept 5 – Sept 24 2017

In the Footsteps of the Tsars
Sept 21 to Oct 12 2017

Winter Christmas in Europe  |  CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
Dec 26 to Jan 14 2018

Click here to view more info about all the upcoming 2017 tours.
To view info about the 2018 tours click here.


In 2018 my  son Jonathan, known to his family as Jono, will be taking his first tour  for Jill Worrall Tours. Jono will be leading a trekking tour to Bhutan and, together with a great local guide, will  be setting off on one of the less frequented trekking trails through the Himalayan foothills and mountain passes.

To find out more about Jono click here or go to the About page.

2017 Tours

Join Jill Worrall in 2017 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 partnership with Lee Johns of My Travel Broker of Timaru (and aligned with Air New Zealand Holiday Brokers), which ensures we can provide you with full flight and insurance services and peace of mind with money matters.

Jill’s 2016 tours began with sell-out destinations and some of her 2017 tours have limited numbers, so contact me now to receive information packs on the 2017 tours and make sure you check out more details of these exciting destinations here