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House of Travel​ Riccarton

138 Riccarton Rd (opposite Westfield Riccarton)

P+64 3-341-3900
F+64 3-341-3909

Monday: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Friday: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Welcome to the House of Travel Riccarton team page!

We are the team dedicated to finding the holiday to suit you! Perhaps somewhere with great food, food that also feeds your soul. Or a great value family holiday full of priceless memories. Wherever it is you dream about, we can make a reality. 

So we invite you to come visit us in store and meet our team. We have over 100 years of combined travel experience, and a lot more life experience that some of us would care to acknowledge! Here you’ll begin the journey on your dream holiday. 

Sometimes it is hard to believe it’s our job to build dreams. It’s a wonderful reward for us to hear about the awesome experiences of our clients (the HOT family) on return from their various holiday destinations. We are here to assist, inspire and take away any worries you may have, and save you possibly the most valuable commodity in modern society, time! We use our knowledge and experience doing what we do best; finding the best connections, destinations and documentation details so that all set in place for the holiday tailored specifically to suit you.

Have you ever wondered why people build sandcastles? All that time and effort to building to what purpose as it will just get washed away? We have thought about it, and our answer is that at the end of the day we know that life is not about the things you have, or that you can tangibly touch, but about the experiences and enjoyment of the many memories we create. And that’s what holidays are all about, enriching lives through travel.

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James Greer
Owner Operator

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Jill Worall

Jill Worrall is a Canterbury-based tour operator and manager who has been running tours around the globe for nearly 20 years. Over this time, she has taken more than 60 groups – more than 1000 people - to destinations ranging from the Russian Arctic to Sri Lanka, Mongolia to Morocco. She also runs highly successful tours to more mainstream destinations, including Ireland, Italy and Croatia.

Jill is also one of New Zealand’s most successful travel writers. She’s been named New Zealand Travel Writer of the Year, has won two Qantas Media Awards for feature writing and a wealth of other awards and has published three travel books.

Jill receives outstanding feedback on her tours and she has about a 90 per cent return client base. Many of her clients have travelled with her more than 10 times. She is recognised as highly organised, works tirelessly to make sure her travellers are well cared for and have memorable holiday, deals calmly and efficiently with the unexpected and most importantly, is lots of fun to travel with! All crucial attributes in these uncertain times.

So, if you’re longing to enjoy some overseas travel again there’s no-one better than Jill to take you.

Where is Jill Travelling in 2022 and 2023?
(All tours fully escorted by Jill)


The Great South-Western Edge – Western Australia
Sep 30 to Oct 14, 2022 

This tour sets off from Perth, heading south along its spectacular wildlife-rich coastline then looping back to Perth through the Australian outback. It’s been timed to coincide with excellent chances for whale watching and to see WA’s spectacular wildflowers.On the itinerary: Perth * Fremantle* Busselton Jetty* Margaret River wine region* Ngilgi Caves* Cape Leeuwin* Pemberton tram* National Anzac Centre* Porongurup, Stirling Ranges and Fitzgerald River national parks.

Limited places still available on this tour 


Tasmania -The Grand Circuit 
16 to 30 October, 2022 (Confirmed departure) 

We will be making a circuit of the island of Tasmania, taking in a long list of its beautiful scenic routes and locations, unique wildlife including Tasmanian devils and its historic highlights …this really is the very best of Tasmania.

On the itinerary: Hobart* Salamanca markets* Peppermint Bay cruise* Bruny Island* West Coast Wilderness Railway* Cradle Mountain Lodge * Gordon River Wilderness Area and Wineglass Bay cruises * Port Arthur * Local cuisine, art and crafts.


Oman and the UAE 
November 20 to December 05, 2022

This holiday will begin visiting three of the dazzlingly, wealthy UAE before moving to Oman, an Arabian country that treasures its traditions where we will meet its desert Bedouin people. The Gulf States and Oman are an ideal way to get back into international travel as they have a world class health care, hotel and food standards.

On the itinerary: Dubai* architecture tour including Burj Khalifa* Sharjah souks * Louvre Abu Dhabi and falcon hospital * Muscat * dhow builders * desert camp * palaces *oases *. 


Lord Howe Island
(plus Snowy Mountains and Canberra) 

17 to 28 Feb, 2023 (Confirmed departure) 

Lord Howe Island is a combination of spectacular volcanic geography, rare endemic species, the world’s southernmost coral reef, a huge lagoon and an amazing mix of marine life. Sir David Attenborough described it as: “so extraordinary, it’s almost unbelievable…few islands surely can be so accessible, so remarkable, yet so unspoilt”. We have five nights on the island and then a complete contrast: five days in NSW’s Snowy Mountains and ending in the nation’s capital Canberra.

Very limited spaces available on this tour. 


Cherry Blossom Time in Japan 
04 to 18 April, 2023

There is perhaps no better season to make a first visit to Japan than in spring. Not only is this the time of year when the country’s much-loved and beautiful cherry trees are flowering but it is also a time of festivity, relaxation and renewal for the Japanese people.

On our itinerary: Tokyo and Tokyo Bay dinner cruise * Mt Fuji * Kyoto * Famous gardens * Shikoku Island * Hiroshima * ‘bullet’ train journeys * World Heritage-listed towns and villages * pagodas * ancient temples. 


Croatia Odyssey
A 21-day holiday featuring a two-week cruise, plus Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Montenegro:
10 to 31 May, 2023 

You won’t find many (if any!) tours like this one that combines cruising the Adriatic in a privately chartered luxury motor yacht built for a maximum of just 16 passengers, with a top chef and open bar, plus time in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and neighbouring Montenegro. During our cruise we will visit at least 10 Croatian islands and six Unesco World Heritage sites, including Dubrovnik, of course, but also Trogir, Hvar, Mljet, Split, and Sibenik’s cathedral.

Only TWO cabins left! 


Walking Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths
06 to 24 June, 2023 (approx) 

This tour features day walks on of six of Ireland’s designated Pilgrim Paths, the origins of which date back to medieval times. Whether you’re a keen walker, interested in a spiritual journey, or simply want to enjoy the very best of rural Ireland and Irish culture at a slow pace, this small group tour is for you!

On the itinerary: Dublin * Pilgrim paths in Wicklow, Tipperary, Cork, Kerry and Donegal * Visits to Inish Mor and Inishbofin islands * Great Skellig Island boat trip * Classic Irish pubs. 


Ecuador and Galapagos
12 to 31 July, 2023

My itinerary aims to reflect Ecuador’s rich diversity from history and culture to landscapes and wildlife on a journey guided by a leading Ecuadorian photographer and guide.

On the itinerary: Unesco World Heritage-listed 16th century historic Quito and Cuenca * Guayaquil’s riverside promenade * local markets * Mindo cloud forest *Antisana volcano and condors * Galapagos fivenight, land-based expedition with day cruises – marine iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions * island walks, snorkelling and swimming.  


Spain and Portugal
A highlight-packed three-week tour - September 2023 (dates to be confirmed) 

Spain and Portugal, situated on the Iberian Peninsula, Europe’s most south-western region, is so full of amazing sights it’s impossible to fit them all in! But I and my highly experienced European operator have done our outmost to include as many highlights as we can.

On the itinerary: Madrid * Prado Museum * Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia * Cordoba’s La Mezquita * Granada’s Alhambra * Seville’s Alcazar * Rioja wine region* Lisbon * Sintra * Obido* Coimbra * Porto and the Douro River.


Jordan and Egypt
November 2023 (dates to be confirmed) 

This will be my fifth visit to Jordan and my second to Egypt and I am so excited to be going back to these two countries steeped in history.

On the itinerary: Roman city of Jerash * Dead Sea and Red Sea swims * Wadi Rum desert camp * the rose red city of Petra * Jordanian family meal * Cairo * the new Grand Egyptian Museum * Pyramids of Giza * Multi-night Nile River cruise * Valley of the Kings * Temple of Karnak * Abu Simbel.  


• Unique itineraries planned by Jill with expert local help.
• Tours are fully escorted from NZ by Jill, a highly experienced and efficient tour manager – you only have to enjoy yourself.
• Highly inclusive tours – plenty of included sights and activities, all flights, quality accommodation and most meals.
• Some free time and independent meals to give you some time to do your own thing.
• Single travellers are always well catered for.
• High percentage of return travellers and excellent feedback



All Jill Worrall’s tours are run solely in conjunction with House of Travel Riccarton. Moray Johnston is the dedicated JWT consultant, who looks after bookings, flights and any extra travel you might wish to do before or after a JWTour.

This partnership offers you the security that your money is safe and that JW Tours have the back-up of the House of Travel’s extensive network and expertise in case of any travel issues.

Jill’s overseas operators and tour organisers are almost always people with whom she has a personal connection and who are experts at tour planning.



If you would like to receive a full itinerary of any of these tours, it’s very easy! Either call Moray on 03 3341 3900 or email her at and we will have the info to you straightaway. Moray can also help with your queries about flights and travel before and after the tour. If you’d like to know more about the tour destinations Jill is very happy to talk to you in person over a cuppa at a time and place convenient to you, or by phone 027 538 995 or by email


Moray Johnston

Moray Johnston – Jill Worrall Tour Specialist

House of Travel Riccarton is an IATA-bonded consultancy, managed by dedicated and passionate Owner Operators with many years of experience. We offer a commitment to helping Jill Worrall provide the very best by way of hassle-free adventures.

Moray Johnston is dedicated full time as a Jill Worrall Specialist, looking after all aspects of the booking process and will coordinate your entire travel experience from flights, tours, insurance and visa’s.

Having lived in Europe, the Middle East and Australia her travels have led her to some diverse destinations from the Great Wall of China to sailing a felucca on the Nile; from the Medinas of Marrakech to the wildlife Eden of Botswana’s Okavango delta; from the Riviera coastline of Cinque Terra to the picture postcard island of Santorini; from the skyscrapers of New York to ancient city of Petra.

Moray has enjoyed a decades-long career in the travel industry, ranging from arranging travel adventures for leisure travellers and escorting groups to complex travel schedules for high-powered executive business trips.


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