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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Vera Huehn (Chairperson), Wilhelm Lehmberg (Vice-Chair), Lu Tyree (Secretary), Sharron Hickman (Membership Secretary), Dianne Stanford (Treasurer), Martina Schmidt (Webmaster) and Tine Becker and Steven Withell as ordinary committee members.


• DOC Concession and Health and Safety Plan

Social Events

May: Conference in Nelson

Speakers: Lynda Keene (Nelson/Tasman Tourism), Mike Joy ( Massey University Palmerston North), Rene Aukens (Intro to NZ's Nightsky), Paul Wopereis (Geology of the Top of the South Island), Adrian Humphries (Toastmaster)

Highlights from the conference: PBoulder Bank a phenomenon made by nature, At WOW (The World of Wearable Arts), the German settlement of Upper Moutere to Easton Apple Orchard, the Townshend Micro Beer Brewery and a Seyfried's vineyard.

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• Christmas Party


• Ferry ride to Boulder Island, Nelson Conference