Axel Knauer



Of German origin, I came to NZ in 1982 and settled here soon after.

I have traveled widely and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and all ages.
Throughout my working life I have always been in roles that involved group dynamics under varying circumstances.

I started Tour Guiding in 1989 in New Zealand. Other tourism related activities included owning and operating a 47ft Sailing Boat in day charter in the Bay Of Islands for several years, operating a string of Internet Cafes in Paihia and Opua, managing a Sailing Charter Base in Turkey. In between these I have had a very busy career as television cameraman in NZ & Europe.

4 years ago I returned to tour guiding. My general and location knowledge of NZ spans the highlights and some lesser known areas of both islands. I have a keen interest in current affairs, music, photography, food and water activities.

German and English are both completely natural languages to me. I can get by with a little bit of French.

My driving record is clean after well over 1 Million kilometers of driving and I maintain a current workplace 1st Aid certificate. Licenses are 1,2,4 P-Endorsement (small & large).

My preference is for smaller, individualized groups, my upper limit would be around 15 passengers.
I offer services as driver/guide.

In addition I am now pleased to be able to offer individual tours in Luxury Mercedes Benz Limousines starting from Nelson. Please contact me about the options!

If the job requires VIP attire and manners I can certainly deliver.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your upcoming tour requirements and let's talk.


Scope of Guiding: Nationwide
Membership Type: Full Member
Location: Nelson

Phone Number: 021 108 0016

Mobile Number: 021 108 0016


Language: English German
Type of Guiding: Agriculture Cruise Ship Day Tours Economy Flora & Fauna Food History Music PhotographySailing VIP
Concessions: PG/DOC
Vehicle: P-Endorsement Own Vehicle with TSL licence less than 12 seats
Vehicle Licences : Class 1 - Car Class 4 - Heavy Rigid Class 2 - Medium Rigid Class 6 - Motorcycle
First Aid Certificate: Yes
Cruise Ship Ports:
  • Wellington
  • Picton
  • Nelson

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