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), Wilhelm Lehmberg (Vice-Chair), Lu Tyree (Secretary), Siegrun Koop (Treasurer), Jutta Blank (Membership Secretary), Birgit Aikman, Tine Becker, Didier Bodin, Clark Pollitt, Sharron Hickman.


• 100 Members reached!
•Started the PG calendar so guides can meet while on tour in evenings or on days off
• Article in BCA magazine about tour guides and their challenges
•Ongoing dialogue with Immigration NZ regarding illegal guides and driver/guides from overseas
•We came up with a new model for the DoC Concession and continued our discussions with them
• Achieved goal and doubled Membership

Social Events

June: Conference in Auckland

Party:Black Light Party

Highlights from the conference: Dr Darren Gravely - Volcanology 101, MOTAT visit, Communications workshop, Sculpture walk in Domain, Big Picture in Fish Market

November: Annual X-mas BBQ in Auckland