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), Matthias Schellhorn (Vice-Chair), Jutta Blank (Membership Secretary), Mark Middleton (Treasurer), Vernon Reid (Secretary), Birgit Aikman, Lu Tyree, Tine Becker, Didier Bodin, Clark Pollitt, Jack Clyne.


• Wrote up some minimum guidelines for being a tour guide in NZ
• Started Google PG forum
• Started a membership swap arrangement with Interpretation NZ
• Started looking into a Public Liability Insurance Scheme for our members
• $4 AirBus Deal in Auckland

Social Events

May: Conference in Christchurch

Party: Wildlife

Speakers: Susanne Becken – Lincoln University, Dennis Robertson – LTNZ

Industry panel: Geoff Gabites – Adventure South, Juergen Thiele – C&E Tours, Russell Schofield – Johnston Coachlines, Mike Tamaki – Tamaki Heritage Group.

November: Annual X-mas BBQ in Auckland

• Committee Members

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