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 (Chair), Didier Bodin and Matthias Schellhorn (Vice-Chair),  Mark Middleton (Treasurer), Siegrun Koop and Jutta Blank (Membership Secretaries), Herbie Mues (Secretary), Birgit Aikman, Tim de Jong, Wilhelm Lehmberg, Chris Sloan.


• Party: Kiwiana
• Achieved goal and doubled Membership
• Letters had been sent to several government departments regarding illegally working overseas guides and driver/guides
• We placed an ad in the NZ Travel Industry Diary under the Tour Guiding Services
• Started subscription to Nigel Conventry’s Inside Tourism, a weekly email industry newsletter
• Chairperson attended the TIA conference
• Chairperson met with Conservation Minister Chris Carter regarding the DoC Concession
• Made PG merchandise available – hats, luggage tags and badges

Social Events

May: Conference in Auckland

Party: Kiwiana

September: Social in Golden Bay

December: Annual X-mas BBQ in Auckland