He works out what we would like and he absolutely provides it for us! Such a great experience!"
This shore excursion will be a highlight of your cruise because we will take you behind the scenes in this beautiful country. Not only can we see the features of geothermal, Maori culture, remarkable natural places, you can learn about the people - how we collaborate, create and most of all, look after our local environment. I lead an organisation that does just this - and I can show you it all - in depth!
After 30 years of working at many levels of tourism and education, I have come back to what I love - giving small groups of people a fun, intimate, insightful experience of New Zealand! You will gain a huge insight in our short time together because I have been working as a private guide, targeting touring and education to specific people as a profession for ages.
Tom - 83 years of age from California - had been everywhere in his years in the navy, lecturing in college and on countless tours with Elder Hostel.
He said: "Doug just knew what would interest us. He thought about the choices, talked and joked with us and worked out what we really wanted to appreciate about this place! And boy did he give it to us!!"
We offer custom, private tour experiences that have unique content and aim to give you a real appreciation of specific aspects of New Zealand. We use the small group structure to go places unobtrusively and find quiet places to begin our tours with good quality information. From this beginning we travel to sites that offer lots in interpretive value and give you the sense of what actually goes on here - the context of the country is more than the content.
So, come along. Lets have some fun as we uncover the mysteries of being a New Zealander and the special places that reflect us.
A Recent Review of this guide
Doug is an extraordinary guide. His knowledge of Maori culture is amazing and first hand, given that he was raised in a Maoria school and community. Also, he is super well informed about virtually all aspects of NZ culture, ecology, government, etc. He is very bright, articulate, and has the heart of a teacher. He's the best guide I've had in some 50 years of travel.
Through my directorship of an environmental education & ecotourism company, I have established a reputation as a leader in sustainable tourism.
To back this up, we hold the following:
Qualmark (Tourism Standards Authority) Endorsed Visitor Service - more than just an activity provider.
Qualmark Enviro Gold Award - the highest standard available for environmental & social responsibility in our operation.
Department of Conservation Approved operator status to work & lead in our national protected environmental areas.
I worked as a leader in delivery of New Zealand Tourism Board Kiwihost customer service training programme for seven years so I understand the concept of service & giving a targeted fulfilling experience.
With over 30 years teaching & leading people - especially in the outdoors, you will get a private tour experience that matches your interests, your levels of engagement & challenges you to compare what you see here with your own world.