Sharon Byles

Haere mai. I am a mature born and bred New Zealander of Celtic and Maori origins. I am a self employed Driver /Tour Guide. I am also known as Sophia Rose but my preferred name being Sharon.

I have been driving and hosting tourists, visitors and independent travellers across various parts of the country since 1996. Either individuals or smaller groups from 4 pax to 20pax. As a Tour Guide only, I have been involved with larger groups up to 50pax.

In 2002 I started HOPPIT The Magic Bus Service local to Dunedin city. HOPPIT serves locals, students, visitors and tourists from the Cruise Ship seasons, with mini tours, 0800TAXISERVICE, airport transfers and charter of all descriptions such as weddings, party and rugby celebrations. Every trip I am involved with is a new adventure and experience, with all types and ages of passengers from all over the country and World. Sometimes I drive and guide or just drive or just guide. Whatever is required I am flexible within reason.

I hold the Driver P endorsement and Licence Classes 1 & 2 and First Aid. My work interests involve being a NZ licensed Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant, Freelance Writer, Foster Carer and NZ Beekeeper/Deca.

I speak English and understand Te Reo Maori basics. I enjoy working with families and children. I enjoy experiencing and showing the beautiful sights and events New Zealand has to offer its tourists and visitors. For a safe sound trip around any place in New Zealand speak to me. There is so much to see, do and discover. I have not been everywhere and I do not know every place yet but I always look forward to the new discoveries with my passengers.

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Should TRANSLATORS be required for the journey I can attempt to find an available person to fit the order of the job.

Scope of Guiding: Nationwide
Membership Type: Full Member
Location: Dunedin

Phone Number: 0275 467748

Mobile Number: 0212 398 746


Language: English
Type of Guiding: City Cruise Ship Day Tours Food History Long Tours Maori Music Trekking
Vehicle: Small P-Endorsement (up to 11 passengers) Large P-Endorsement (over 11 passengers) Own Vehicle with TSL licence less than 12 seats Own Vehicle with TSL licence more than 12 seats
Vehicle Licences : Class 1 - Car Class 2 - Medium Rigid
First Aid Certificate: Yes

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