I am currently UNAVAILABLE for tour work!
However, if you are interested in finding out about me, in case I will guide tours again, please read on.
Tour Guiding Experience:
I began tour guiding in 1999. Until 2007 I have been driver-guiding around 35 tours for German-speaking clients, mainly for “NZ Nature Tours”, mostly taking small groups of eight to twelve clients on three-week tours throughout the whole of New Zealand, usually in a 4WD bus on a "Safari" to some of the most breathtaking highlights the country has to offer. I also successfully completed a few personalised tours with two to three clients in a car or van, among them a special "Lord of the Rings" tour to many of the filming locations of the hugely successful New Zealand made film series.
After a few years (2008-2012) of taking care of my then teenage children and working full-time in the mental health field, I started driving/guiding tours again in 2013. Again mostly for “ANZ Nature Tours”. Apart from driver-guiding quite a few two or three person parties (some of them VIPs) and guiding a few larger bus tours (20+ clients, as guide only with escort and driver), I again driver-guided many medium sized groups of eight to fourteen clients.
Among the above were three family tours (four Malaysian clients, six Indonesian clients, and seven Singaporean VIP clients respectively) with commentary in English, for a small Kiwi start-up company (“The Road Trip”). Also one Swedish group for “ANZ Nature Tours”, again in English. And one bus tour for "Pacific Destinationz". During my last season in 2019/2020, before the collapse of the tourism industry due to the Corona virus pandemic and the resulting strict border closures, I became a "Certified Tour Leader" for the British travel agent "Explore" and took one tour for their British clients. I also driver-guided a couple of tours for "Asia Pacific Travel Concept".
Feedback for most of my tours has been nothing short of excellent.
With a deep love for New Zealand, for being outdoors, for people, and for driving vehicles, paired with my wide-ranging interests and astute awareness, my eye for detail, my humorous nature, and extensive knowledge about my chosen home country, as well as great joy in sharing who I am and sharing many interesting stories from my personal life, I have a lot to offer to those who can entrust themselves fully into my care. Safety and fun are my top priorities, followed by experiencing, learning, growing, and sharing.
If, after reading my profile, you sense somehow, that what I have to offer resonates with your being, and with what you wish to experience, simply book a tour with me ... and see what happens.
More about me:
As well as working as a tour guide, and in a mental health support setting for for five years, I used to be a software engineer for ten years, mostly working for a New Zealand bank, supporting their branch network.
I also ran my own Spiritual Life Guiding business, called "Inner Light" (www.innerlight.co.nz), which focuses on gently guiding clients on their personal journey through life's harder times towards a happier and healthier sense of existence, with a strong focus on them learning to listen to their intuition and their body. This work, the mental health work, and my tour guiding work are very compatible, even complementary. In fact, my guiding practice is based on my life philosophies, which foster awareness, love, kindness, gratitude, joy, and peace.
If you are still interested to find out more about me:
I was born and raised in Germany, where I studied architecture for a while, then information technology. I moved from my native Germany to New Zealand in 1987, at the tender age of 30 years, and became a New Zealand citizen in 1994. I am a father of two adult children, one working in a software security firm, the other with Weta Digital in the film industry.
I am a keen woodworker, designer, and solution seeker.
I love freedom, New Zealand, driving, nature, movies, among many other things.
I am friendly, relaxed, humorous, people-focused, and understand the value of service to others.
I own a tiny house in the country, located on a large property owned by good friends of mine.
At the moment I am semi-retired, spending time with family in New Zealand and Germany.
(Profile updated on 07 April 2022)
Phone Number: +64 22 079 3983
Mobile Number: +64 22 079 3983
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