He was warm, extremely hospitable and became a friend in a short amount of time!"
Review from a ToursByLocals client.
I've lived in Auckland for over 40 years - as a local and as a fourth generation New Zealander.
And it has been my pleasure to host thousands of visitors, being a Specialist Private Tour Guide to our vibrant and multicultural City, and rolling green countryside, plus breath-taking coastal scenery. Plus, I have travelled the World, including California, Oregon, Tuscany, Umbria, Malta, Ireland, Provence, Burgundy, Alsace, Zurich, Basel, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Polynesia, Australia and all of our major New Zealand regions.
With a background in food & wine journalism, physical therapy and comedy writing, Auckland has provided me the opportunity to live in a bustling, colorful and diverse City that I love to share with my guests.
I've written two published guides to New Zealand wine regions - and I'm also a NZ certified Passenger Service Driver. It's the best job in the World - exploring the never ending subjects of our heritage, food and wine - and meeting fantastic people from all over the globe.
As a local with a solid reputation for friendliness and expert tour guiding, I can show you not just the famous sights, but also some of our best kept secrets - that only an experienced insider can share.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing my home town!
A Recent Review of this guide
Excellent tour and tour guide!
Phil achieved a Pass With Merit in the internationally recognised WSET level 2 Certificate in Wines and Spirits. He has also completed a Montana Diploma of Wine Appreciation.
Phil is also a foundation member of Wine Writers of New Zealand (WWNZ)
In 2008 Random House published Phil's book on New Zealand's wine regions - The Mad Keen Wine Buff's Road Trip.
In 2015 Phil published his e-book Wine Regions of New Zealand - A Visitor's Guide.
Phil has two regular print media wine columns and contributes to a number of publications as a freelance writer.
As a qualified NZ Physical Therapist, Phil owned his own very sucessful practice for 22 years.
Phil is a NZ licensed Passenger Service Driver.
Winner - 'Service Award' - Luxury Travel Guides Award 2017
His dog - Mr. Merlot, thinks that he is really great.