“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

Dear Richard, Thank you for a great trip! All the UAE journalists in the group had a good time and many remarked that it was one of the best press trips they’ve been on.You made the difference.
Some has already written wonderful stories and everyone is saying how much they want to go back to South Island (myself included)!

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!

Hi Richard

At last I have found time to get on the computer and thank you properly for our NZ experience.

We have been showing everybody our photos on our new TV and they are fabulous. We can’t thank you enough for making our South Island experience such a fantastic one. We were very fortunate to have you as our guide and to have a good active group. We enjoyed every aspect of the holiday but particularly appreciated all the extra things you did with us. Going onto the farms and then the great walks we did including Franz Joseph. We have such good memories of it all and that was thanks to you and your friendly, humorous nature and the great knowledge you have of your wonderful Island.

Hope all your family are well. It was great to meet them all and for them to join us at MT Cook. Hope Katie has completed her guiding course for the icebergs. Also we felt very privileged when you took us to your home for morning coffee and cake – a total surprise and one of the special moments on our holiday which will stay in our memory for ever. We thought about you all on Christmas Day in your garden and we raised a glass of bubbly to you.

Thanks once again for a truly fantastic holiday.

Kind regards

A great trip led by Richard, our driver/guide, and a bunch of jolly, enthusiastic fellow travellers. Thanks! Kia Ora