“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 the wonderful tour you conducted for our golfing group in April this year.From the moment you met us at Nelson you treated us in a most friendly and personal manner. Nothing was a trouble to you with your bus picking up and depositing us and our golf clubs to the various venues.You took us to seven wonderful golf courses several with most spectacular views in particular Terrace Downs, Kelvin Heights Queenstown and Arrowtown. In between golf on our days off you showed us the wonderful scenery of your South Island.

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

We had looked forward to try trip and were not disappointed. The scenery was beautiful – what a variety of landscapes NZ offers. Richard took good care of his band of travellers – always in good humoured and thoughtful way. Thanks.

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.