Allan was born in Whangarei, New Zealand. His family immigrated here from Scotland and Canada around the turn of the century. Allan is a enthusiastic kiwi guide and has a passion for guiding and relishes his role in being a tourism ambassador, showing off his country and explaining what makes it so special. He has been doing this for many years over which time he has gained enviable experience and knowledge of New Zealand’s extra special places and stories.
It started at age 18 years old with his first job after leaving school, by chance with two New Zealand icons of the tourism industry, Ivan and Godfrey Bowen. These the world famous sheep sharers who conceptualised and brought the Agrodrome near Rotorua to life. Following this a close American friend kept sending their guests to Allan knowing he would provide a guiding experience not elsewhere available.
The areas Allan can cover are the following but not limited to:
Wine & Food (Farm to Table)
Sightseeing throughout the North and South Island
Allan is a renowned Photographer AllanJohnston.co.nz and is happy to share his knowledge.
Sailing Americas Cup
Sking (North Island winter)
Cruise ships, shore excursions
Before becoming a full time Guide driver Allan lived in the USA for 10 years where he worked on racing yachts and racing cars, he has had an interesting career is very is well travelled, having visited over 20 countries to date.
In 2018 after many years working for others Allan started crown tours his own company with his partner Amanda.
He has worked for a number well know NZ tourism attractions from Auckland Rotorua, Christchurch and Queenstown.
Dart River Safaris
AJ Hackett Bungy(Nevis)
He is now responsible with his partner for overseeing and general business of Crown Tours & Travel NZ Ltd Part of the "Unique Stay & Experience" network as a guide and business owner.
Allan is also a well known Photographer in the in the wine and film industries, his portraits of the New Zealand landscapes and the people who live there are testament to what you will see and do with Allan whilst on tour. His images have graced magazines and galleries the world over having done international ads for the film industry and worked with some of the names behind the products you all know and have watched.
Allan explores in great detail his itineraries, often introducing a number of interesting people along the way. Allan indicates here “For me what we at Crow tours offers is a story about the people of the land and culture with some good spirited humor, no two tours are the same". A great example of this is on a recent trip with an overseas TV host Allan jumped the farmers fence (with permission) and took the top off a beehive managing not to get stung and gave the guest a first hand taste of raw Manuka honey.
The tours operate out of Auckland, and Crown tours offers English, Chinese & German speaking guides.
One day tours Taste of Auckland Wine and Food, multi-day tours Northland Coromandel Rotorua Taupo Napier, highlights of the cities across the North Island.
Bespoke and Tailor made tours.
He also provides single and group tours nationally from the Far North to Queenstown in the South Island to experience the wildlife, landscapes and activities up close and personal with the tourists.
Crown tours offers a unique insight into the rich life experiences enjoyed by New Zealanders.
He can offer Special Interest and VIP Tours.
We specialize in showcasing New Zealand's diversity, our familiarity with the requirements and the demands of high end tourists ensure we are well suited to respond to any special requests.
Phone Number: 0276 093 396
Mobile Number: 0273 985 896