“Why Tour Like Sheep ; When Your Tour Can Be More Unique”

With your own private driver & guide NZ Tour Guide Services are your people on the ground, run by Richard and Heather Gallagher. Both born and bred fifth generation kiwi's, Richard is one of New Zealand's most versatile freelance Tour Guides and Driver Guides.

With years of professional tourism experience behind him, and a fun, friendly approach to guiding, you can trust your tour in New Zealand will be one to remember and safely driven.

Heather has recently come to assist guide and drive visitors locally. She guides, co-ordinates and takes cruise ship excursions plus offers a Meet & Greet Service for Inbound Travel Agents clients arriving in Christchurch. As well as enjoying guiding cycle tours.

We really enjoy showing folks from all over the world, across our beautiful country. Tourism New Zealand engages our services for accompanying various travel/media clients helping advertise & show case NZ to the World.

For a tour that's interesting and informative, with plenty of fun and with locals, contact NZ Tour Guide Services and keep up with us on:


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NZ Tour Guide Services offers personal tour guide or driver guiding services for individuals or small groups. We cater to all travellers; holiday makers, families, media, film or TV crews, trade and company delegations even VIP's or dignitaries.

Our services are on a private hire or charter basis. We can be available for all or part of your New Zealand visit.

Advanced bookings are essential, and our rates are costed on your actual requirements. Because we deal direct with you, with no middle men, our prices are competitive. We aim to provide same day reply. Quotes; costings and planning will take a little longer and we are flexible on how we achieve this.

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We can help you plan your tour or sightseeing. With our expertise in traveling times, distances, travel conditions, and knowledge of accommodation providers, We can offer tour suggestions, for your tour to work.
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NZ Tour Guide Services' will driver/guide for you safely. You can hire a rental vehicle; for us to drive or we can find a vehicle to suit you, whether it is a sedan, mini-van, small coach or motorcycle.
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From 12 days, starting or finishing Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington or Auckland.
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From 4 days, starting or finishing in Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua & Napier.
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From 4 days, starting or finishing in Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Nelson or Picton.
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From 2 x days starting & Finishing in Christchurch, suggestions - Kaikoura ,Hanmer Springs , Mt.Cook return Christchurch.
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Local sightseeing & Day Tours ex Christchurch. Cruise ship excursions ex Christchurch or Akaroa.

Professional Licences:

  • NZ LTSA passenger service operators licence #32243, issued 1990.
  • NZ commercial driver licences for small or large vehicles.
  • Granted exemptions to operate transport tour services by all regional and district councils in New Zealand.
  • Department Of Conservation Approved: for visits & short walks in most National Parks & Reserves in NZ.
  • Milford Sound Road Winter Accredited Driver.
  • Full member of Proguides New Zealand

This is the trip I’ve been dreaming of for ca 30 years and it is more exciting, interesting and impressive than I every could imagine. Richard is an incredibly good, thoughtful and helpful guide. Thanks to him for making it such as wonderful experience.

This was my third time in NZ but favour the best. We saw a lot of other places and had the best driver/guide we could wish for. The group was wonderful and I am a bit sad that its over. Thanks Richard!

Dear Richard

Thank you for your excellent services as a tour guide during my time on South Island. It was such a memorable time and your expertise and knowledge was so important in making that happen.

My trip on North Island was good but I missed the individual nature of the South Island experience and have made this very clear to the Travel Company in question.

Anyway, regards to Heather, Andy & Katie. You are wonderful people who made my trip very special.


Dear Richard

Just a very quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed the tour of South Island with you!

It seems like a very long time ago now and I can hardly believe I was lucky enough to come, but what an opportunity! As I’m sure you know, all of our group had a fantastic time and really appreciated your expert skills as tour guide, and your good humoured company. I will certainly be recommending you to clients.

Having talked endlessly about NZ since I got home, my husband is feeling suitably left out, so we will definitely plan to visit again together. Would love to make it for the rugby world cup, but will have to see how the finances work out. Will be in touch when we have a plan.

Once again, thank you for making it such a great trip.

Best regards to you and Heather.


Get In Touch

Richard & Heather Gallagher

NZ Tour Guide Services
New Zealand

+64 27 600 5667


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