ProGuides New Zealand is the not-for-profit association
of professional tour guides and driver guides in New Zealand

Our mission is to raise the profile of the profession of tour guides whilst maintaining our high standards
of work and customer service in consideration of New Zealand as a tourist destination.


Our organisation promotes professional excellence and sustainable care for New Zealand as a tourist destination. In joining ProGuides you will have a voice – through an organisation with well-established networks and industry relations such as Service IQ, Departement of Conservation - DOC, Tourism Industry Association - TIA and Tourism Export Council.

ProGuides is a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) which is an affiliate member of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and an official partner of UNESCO.




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4 October 2003 Lyttelton – founding of ProGuides


First meeting of 13 guides (predominantly ex/current C&E) and the chairperson of NZTDG Miles McIlraith 


•An application for incorporated association PG was signed there and then with NZTDG as signatories. (Subsequently however this was not used but redone in Hanmer Springs the following year). Nevertheless NZTDG did stay in touch and were helpful answering any questions PG had.