“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

Greetings Richard,

One of my first duties upon finally returning to Miami is to say hello to you and to thank you for all the good things you brought our way in New Zealand, more particularly to your kind and professional attention surrounding us with rural and country’s knowledge + genuine care…… without which our visit to NZ would not have been so special.

The country is beautiful and its people truly friendly, the tour and activities were well planned, the sights absolutely great, a bit too much driving though but the scenery was outstanding, it compensated.

If ever visiting Miami we would consider a pleasure hosting you and taking you for Art Deco South Beach ride in the same spirit of friendlessness you bestowed upon us.

You also have a beautiful family certainly a reflection of your soul.

Kindest regards,

Dear Richard, Very special thanks for all the warm welcome that we have received from you!! We really appreciated your kind help and care taking us around the splendid South Island and making our trip a real never-to-be-forgotten experience! It was really enjoyable to spend time in your company as you are an extremely friendly person and a very professional guide.
Few days have passed, and I still feel like under the spell of the extraordinary magic beauty of your country, wishing that I could spend much more time there…And once more, thank you a lot for the “LOTR moments” 
I really cherished! My very best regards,

Richard came in the lobby of the suites in Auckland smiling! He kept doing that during this whole trip, and he did so many other things. He gave us the experience of a lifetime. We started to love New Zealand, you should be proud of this beautiful country, with a great variety of landscapes. Thank you Richard!! We enjoyed the trip and that bunch of people in the bus very much. We wish you all the best!

Hello from the Hardy’s. We were in your tour group back in January. Just checking in to see how you and your family are doing after the earthquake. I know that power is still out to much of the area, so you may not see this for awhile, but if you get a chance, let us know how you are doing.

I have been following the events on an Auckland TV website. Christchurch is a beautiful city and I hate to see the devastation.

If there is anything that my family can do to help you, please let us know.


Get In Touch

Richard & Heather Gallagher

NZ Tour Guide Services
New Zealand

+64 27 600 5667


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