ProGuides New Zealand is the not-for-profit association
of professional tour guides and driver guides in New Zealand

Our mission is to raise the profile of the profession of tour guides whilst maintaining our high standards
of work and customer service in consideration of New Zealand as a tourist destination.


Our organisation promotes professional excellence and sustainable care for New Zealand as a tourist destination. In joining ProGuides you will have a voice – through an organisation with well-established networks and industry relations such as Service IQ, Departement of Conservation - DOC, Tourism Industry Association - TIA and Tourism Export Council.

ProGuides is a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) which is an affiliate member of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and an official partner of UNESCO.




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No, but we highly recommend you have one. It is however compulsory to carry a valid First Aid Certificate together with a Safety Management Plan if you are holding the PG DOC Concession (read about the DOC concession requirements in the DOC section of "Members only"). Most tour operators you are working for would also require you to have a First Aid Certificate. ProGuides has set up a list of preferred suppliers in the Members only section (Login required)