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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No, but the employer has to make sure that you receive the legal rest breaks as per the legal requirements by the Department of Labour. If you are a driver guide then logbook regulations apply as well. See here for details and check "Members only" section (Login required) for guidelines to job assignments.

It is common practice though that as the guide you receive the meals that are included in the itineraries (i.e. that are included for the customers) or a meal allowance based on half board (breakfast and dinner) whether you join the customers for meals or not. Please check your guide contract with the employer for meal allowance.