About Real New Zealand Tours Limited
We offer self-drive and private driver (fully guided) New Zealand itineraries and trips.
With over 25 years' of tourism industry experience our dedicated team of hardworking and passionate local Christchurch based Kiwi staff offer you peace of mind as we plan together your trip of a lifetime.
- New Zealand is "the world in one" you will not be disappointed.
- Real New Zealand Tours aspire to awaken your senses, inspire you, and by experiencing our tours - give you a new lease of life full of incredible Kiwi memories.
The Maori Koru design you see on our website is very spiritual and is inspired by the New Zealand native fern fond unfurling as it grows. It represents peace, tranquillity, personal growth, positive change and awakening. It is also associated with new life and harmony, or anyone starting a new phase of their life.
Meet Our Team
Libby - Tour Director
I am often described as a bubbly person who has a passion for life. I was born and educated in the UK, graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hon Degree in Archaeology.
I started my career in the UK managing hotels and restaurants, but when we had a young family we decided it was time for a total life change. We set up home in North Cyprus and managed a local village restaurant and bar, plus bookshop and small tour company called Adlib Tours. Our tagline was “interesting places in the sun”. We specialised in authentic village visits, local crafts, local food and drinks, and celebrating local festivals with friendly Cypriot people.
In 2014 it was super exciting when I met Geoff - because suddenly, the world became a much bigger place for me! With Geoff’s huge passion for all things “Kiwi” - I have now spent the last few years living and exploring stunning New Zealand. We are excited to be able to share our passion with you!
Geoff - Founder, Director, Owner
Geoff has been involved in tourism since August 1992. He is a past member of the Canterbury Tourism Council where he represented the local Adventure Tourism Industry operators. Geoff is extremely passionate and caring about what he does, and together with fellow awesome Kiwi staff, promises to give you the very best vacation experience possible while you visit our beautiful Aotearoa - New Zealand.
Geoff is a past competitor in the famous "Coast to Coast" Endurance Race, World Champion event. Has run numerous marathons and competed in many Multi-sport races over the years. He absolutely loves the great outdoors, our majestic mountains, beautiful lakes and rivers, fiords, glaciers, golden sandy beaches, our unique Maori heritage and much more. Geoff feels privileged to be able to share New Zealand’s beauty with you.
Gitti - Guide
Kia ora, my name is Gitti, I am originally from Munich in Germany and spent my younger days travelling the world looking for the perfect place. In 2007 I arrived in New Zealand and my search came to an end, I had finally found what I was looking for... God's own country. I had the desire to share this love of New Zealand with others and became a tour guide. I am passionate about New Zealand's pristine nature and the people who live here. I like the small and personal tours which give me the opportunity to provide my clients with an experience rather than just a ticking off sights, and I prefer to go off the beaten track, and see and feel, the real New Zealand. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Baz - Guide
Born in New Zealand, I am very passionate about this country and love the great outdoors, be it in the mountains or on the sea. I have been involved in marketing for many years and now I am guiding and driving, helping visitors to truly enjoy our stunning scenery, history and heritage. I am keen to show you what this fantastic country has to offer. I live in the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura.
Tim - Guide
I have been guiding in New Zealand for over 20 years. A traveller at heart with a joy of exploring and sharing New Zealand with guests, I am a keen cyclist, paddle boarder, hiker and photographer. In the quiet season, you will find me visiting my granddaughters in Bali or cycling somewhere in Asia, Australia or Europe.
Sharron - Guide
I was born and raised in Rotorua where my paternal grandfather was, in the 1940s, a driver/tour guide. His most famous client was Eleanor Roosevelt! Before I left school I was working after school and during the school holidays for an architectural draughtsman. On leaving school I continued my career as an architectural draughtswoman until 1990 when I made a huge career change and became a tour guide. I have never once regretted my career change and I continue to take great delight in showing visitors around New Zealand.
Ian - Guide
I live in the small beautiful Central Otago village of Arrowtown, famous for its gold mining heritage. I am a keen outdoorsman. I have lived in Fiji and the UK, and I am widely travelled but insist that New Zealand has scenery and activities second to none. With 26 years of tourism industry experience, I do know where the finest flat white coffee and muffins are to be found! When not guiding South Island wide, I am either exploring the roads less travelled in my motorhome, or I am indulging in my passion on the racetrack with a classic sports car.
Mark - Guide
I am fluent in English and Spanish. I work hard to be a truly professional guide at all times. I go "the extra mile" to ensure every guest is having the very best experience possible every single day. I truly love every minute of every tour. It gives me enormous satisfaction to see happy visitors to our beautiful land. I am a very proud Kiwi and look forward to meeting you soon.
Back in August 2017 Mark, and Baz, admirably helped to rebuild access to the top of the South Island (after an earthquake 12 months ago) north of Kaikoura (Marks old hometown). This work involved major reconstruction of Highway 1, Well done to Mark and Baz. Click here to read an article about Mark "Christchurch Man Moves To Call Kaikoura Accommodation Home".
Rodger - Guide
I have recently retired from a forty year career as a doctor, mainly in the ﬁeld of emergency medicine. I am now enjoying the freedom of a new "career" in guiding, having always had a passion for the outdoors. Raised in rural New Zealand I have a broad knowledge of most things kiwi and a broad range of outdoor interests including cycling, tramping, ﬁshing and gold prospecting. When not touring, I live on the West Coast running a small farm with my wife.
More reasons to book your perfect dream vacation with Real New Zealand Tours...
- Our personal airport "meet and greet" service is included in all of our itineraries. You will be personally met at the airport on arrival and driven to your accommodation.
- We care about you - we are available to you 24/7 following your arrival in New Zealand - a helpline freephone number and also Geoff's personal mobile number. We are more than happy to assist anytime with any queries you may have during your trip - it's our pleasure to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime when you need too - Libby and Geoff, Directors, owners of Real New Zealand Tours.
Quality experience. Our highly motivated professional local Kiwi team will ensure you enjoy a world-class experience.
Referral and "word of mouth". We are proud of the fact we build most of our successful business from referral and “word of mouth”. Please do not hesitate to share your very own "Real New Zealand" trip and experience with family, friends, business associates and so on. We would love to help plan their very own trip of a lifetime. Your friends will thank you for your recommendation!
Local and personal service, your very own Travel Consultant. Unlike many travel operators offering holidays to New Zealand, we are local, based in New Zealand and 100% Kiwi. All members of our team have intimate knowledge of our beautiful country, and we are all excited to be able to share our first-hand knowledge and experience with you.
Fresh unique Itinerary options and destinations. All our customised itineraries are unique to you to ensure you enjoy a truly authentic Kiwi experience. We continually conduct thorough research to ensure your tour runs smoothly each and every day. We review all itineraries regularly to include new accommodation providers, visitor attractions, and any other worthwhile travel ideas that our own market research and visitor feedback survey forms suggest.
Wonderful testimonials from many very happy visitors. Just take a look at our separate Testimonial Page to see how Real New Zealand Tours can and will, provide your perfect trip of a lifetime. Please kindly view the link below to see our very positive 5 star travel reviews - www.realnewzealandtours.com/Testimonials/
Passing On Our Thanks!
We would like to thank the following people and organisations who have contributed to our ongoing success...
- Air New Zealand
- S.B.A. Accountants
- Qualmark New Zealand
- Canterbury Tourism Council
- New Zealand Tourism Board
- Tourism Export Council of New Zealand
- KiwiRail Interislander and TranzAlpine train
- New Zealand Department of Conservation
- Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand
- Activate Design for our innovative and awesome website
Legal protection for your “Peace of Mind”...
- We are proud to be accredited by Tourism New Zealand as a 100% Pure New Zealand Travel Specialist New Zealand based.
- Real New Zealand Tours is proud to be Qualmark accredited, Tourism New Zealand’s official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences, try us - you’ll like us.
When you see a business displaying the Qualmark symbol (below) you can be assured that the business has met stringent quality standards and environmental criteria earning Tourism New Zealand’s official quality mark. We are considered experts and look forward to helping you perfect your dream vacation to beautiful New Zealand - self-drive or private driver (fully guided) trips, we offer both.
Also we would like to mention we have many highly satisfied visitors who have traveled with us - you can view the link below to see our very positive 5 star travel reviews - www.realnewzealandtours.com/Testimonials/
Real New Zealand Tours Limited New Zealand Companies office Certificate of Incorporation is available on request
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited has a current A.M.P. Vero Public Liability Insurance policy for NZ$5 million, covering all our tours
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited reservations are legally binding by the laws of New Zealand, including the Consumer Guarantee Act 1993
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited is a legally registered New Zealand company, number 1716161, New Zealand Business number 9429034469873
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited is authorized by the New Zealand Transport Land Agency to operate a Passenger Service Licence, reference 0226654