About Real New Zealand Tours Limited
With over 25 years of tourism industry experience our dedicated team of hardworking and loyal 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 ran a local bar, bookshop and small tour company called Adlib Tours. Our tagline was “interesting place 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 passion for all things “Kiwi” - I have now spent the last few years living and exploring stunning New Zealand. We are waiting to share our passion with you!
Geoff - Guide
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 guides 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, and 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 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 with excitement 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 out 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.
Rodger - Guide
I have recently retired from a forty year career as a doctor mainly in the ﬁeld of emergency medicine and I am 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 vacation with Real New Zealand Tours -
We care about you - we are available to you 24/7 following your arrival in New Zealand and are happy to assist with any queries you may have during your tour. Prior to arriving, whenever you contact us, we always make it our first priority to respond to you as quickly as humanly possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us anytime when you need help. Real New Zealand Tours "meet and greet" service is included in all of our itineraries. You will be personally met at the airport on arrival and receive the same service when you depart
Quality experience. Our highly motivated professional 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
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 are excited to be able to share our first-hand knowledge and experience with you
Fresh unique Itinerary options and destinations. All of our itineraries have originated with us. We have conducted 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 our own market research, as well as guests, feedback survey forms suggest.
We are continually expanding and updating our range of itineraries
Wonderful testimonials from many very happy visitors. Just take a look at our separate testimonials pages to see how Real New Zealand Tours can and will, provide your trip of a lifetime.
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
- New Zealand Department of Conservation
- Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand
- Activate Design for our innovative and awesome website
- The Professional Association of Tour Guides in New Zealand
Legal protection for your “peace of mind”
Real New Zealand Tours Limited is in the process of achieving Qualmark Accreditation by the New Zealand Tourism Board.
Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism's official mark of quality, "it means the experience is worth experiencing"
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited is Accredited by New Zealand Tourism as a 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist New Zealand based
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited is a legally registered New Zealand company, number 1716161, New Zealand Business number 9429034469873
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited New Zealand Companies office Certificate of Incorporation is available on request
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited is a current member of the Professional Guiding & Driving Association of New Zealand
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited guides all hold current New Zealand Transport Land Agency "P" Class Endorsement (passenger) licences
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited is authorized by New Zealand Transport Land Agency to operate a Passenger Service Licence, reference 0226654
- Real New Zealand Tours Limited has a current A.M.P. 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
Please contact us for more information.