"I would like to sing the praises of our tour guide, Kirsten Roedsgaard-Mathiesen. Kirsten was exceptional in every way. She has this incredible love and passion for New Zealand and the New Zealanders, or more affectionately, the Kiwis, and this was evident in everything Kirsten did for us during the tour. Kirsten is extremely knowledgeable about all things New Zealand, its history, culture, geography, food, wine, industries etc. and communicates this knowledge in a very interesting, engaging, and delightful way. She has excellent people skills, great sense of humor, high energy, and patience – all skills which are obviously needed when trying to corral a group of 26 daily. Kirsten is a pro at what she does! AHI should be applauded for engaging Kirsten, as she was definitely a highlight of the trip for us." Joan M. Newman, USA
"Kirsten is THE best tour guide EVER. Seriously, this woman gave my daughter (who is a tour leader) a run for MY money. If you ever considered a trip to New Zealand... Kirsten is amazing." Virginia Yanoff, USA
"A thousand times 'thank you' for a fantastic holiday and your supreme leadership!" Søren Eyrich, Denmark
"Kirsten, you have shown us a wonderful time. Thanks to your attention to detail we had a perfect and fantastic trip." London & Dennis Bearden, USA
"Once again, thank you for your great work during our holiday in New Zealand. You made us adore your adopted country." Travel agent Martine Côté, Canada
"What an amazing trip! Kirsten, we are delighted we chose you as our tour guide... couldn't possibly get better than this!" Anni Jensen, Denmark
"Kirsten, we have never experienced anything like it. Your knowledge shows your interest in the country, your sense of humour and great spirits were an inspiration to us all and you provided an outstanding service throughout the tour. And that's not an easy task!!! Fantastic tour." Lillian & Uffe Wolfsberg, Denmark
Kirsten is a highly sought-after tour guide who thoroughly enjoys the art of guiding and hosting quality-seeking tourists in New Zealand.
Summing her up, she is:
- multi-talented & multi-lingual
- caring and compassionate
- a cosmopolitan with a B.A. in Journalism
- the author of Denmark's best-selling guide to New Zealand
- the author of the award-winning book, PASSION, PINOT & SAVVY, about New Zealand wine
- known for her genuine ZEST for life.
After years of being a successful freelance journalist in Denmark, Kirsten moved to New Zealand in 2002 to manage a boutique hotel in Marlborough. In 2005 she began TOUR GUIDING, a role where she gets to use her many skills and talents.
Being on tour with Kirsten is an unforgettable experience -
for all the right reasons.
Kirsten also conducts her own tours in DENMARK, and on behalf of a Danish travel agent she also manages tours in the USA, Japan and Australia and at times groups on board cruise ships around New Zealand and in the Pacific.