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.

View info for the upcoming 2017 & 2018 tours

There are some fantastic airfare deals available at present and we can now pass these on to your for both Croatia Cruise and Walk and Vintage Europe 2017..

If you book and pay for either of these tours NOW you will save $550 per person in addition to our existing discounts. Contact us soon for more information.

Upcoming 2017 Tours

Central America on the Wild Side (Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama)
March 21 – April 11, 2017 | ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT

Cuba 2017 by popular demand!
April 9 to April 26

Croatia Cruise and Walk (The Adriatic islands and coastline of Croatia)
May 12-May 31  |  ONLY TWO CABINS LEFT

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

North Korea, Inner Mongolia and Beijing
July 4 – July 24

Zambia and the Zambezi
August 1 – August 18 (approx)

Iceland and the Faroe Islands  |  Tour Full (wait list available)
Sept 5 – Sept 24 2017

In the Footsteps of the Tsars
Sept 23 – Oct 11 (excluding flights)

Winter Christmas in Europe
Dec 26, 2017 – Jan 11, 2018 (approx)

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