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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Claudia Duffy (Chairperson), Herbie Mues (Vice-Chair), Brita Odersky (Secretary), Isabelle Lotscher (Membership Secretary and Treasurer), Jonas Asmussen, Jutta Blank, Klaus Rexer, Siegrun Koop, Tine Becker, Wilhelm Lehmberg.


• Sent letters to IBO’s offering the Find-A-Guide service
• DOC concession issue – Started meetings to get a National Concession for our members with Andy Thompson
• Worked on Code of Conduct
• Fundraising for local events only – not on a national basis
• PG & NZTDG take up mutual membership. They also make each other mutual beneficiaries in their legally requested folding clause.
• Started contacting Immigration NZ about implications of overseas guides leading groups through NZ without work permits and without proper local knowledge taking work away from us

Social Events

May: Meeting in Auckland

September: The famous first Punakaiki Social

Held at Te Nikau Resort. ~20 members attended for caving, flax weaving, whitebait patties, party time, Truman Track extension at 6am, moon set at 1.05am and lots of fun

December: Annual X-mas BBQ in Auckland

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