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.
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.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing the inside knowledge of my home town!
A Recent Review of this guide
Phil provided a wonderful tour for my wife and I and we completely enjoyed our day spent with Phil. We visited many of his favorite small shops and privately owned and run businesses. The food, wine and a beer for me were all top shelf and quite diverse. We started with morning tea and a delicious pastry, visited a French pastry shop, an Indian shop with wonderful samosas, 2 terrific wineries for wine tastings and lunch and some lovely scenic touring. Phil is very personable and quite knowledgeable.
Phil is a 4th generation New Zealander who has lived in Auckland for over 40 years.
He 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.
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 !