“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

We arrived back safely and the memories are still clinging around everyone. We are really appreciated with your kind help and services and also impressed with your enthusiasm and dedication.
Everyone enjoyed your company as well as Katies & your family.We had such a wonderful time regardless of all the hardwork!
We wish you such a great spirit and your business flourish and hope to see you again……..

Dear Richard, Do you remember us? You are still chosen as the best guide of Rail Away International!!!

Hi Richard

We are home now after a short break in Hong Kong on our way back from NZ and have just been sorting out paperwork, including stuff from our holiday. It reminded us what a fantastic time we had there and how much we enjoyed our tour with you. It was just perfect, culminating in meeting your lovely mum and having the privilege of using her loo!

You managed to make coach travel between destinations interesting and fun and there was a great atmosphere. It also helped that everyone in our little group got on so well. Just sorry we didn’t get to sample the possum pie!

We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone considering a small party escorted tour in NZ and will contact you if we ever return (not out of the question!). Next time we will have a proper visit to Christchurch which we were sorry to miss and we wish the city the speediest possible recovery.

All the very best to you and kindest regards (and to your mum),

Dear Richard,you assisted us with the Friends University Alumni Group several years ago.The service was outstanding and we are looking forward to working with you in the future. 
You just drove the Buck family around the South Island. They were happy and had so many favorable comments about you and the service.
Thanks for a job well done.


Get In Touch

Richard & Heather Gallagher

NZ Tour Guide Services
New Zealand

+64 27 600 5667


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