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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You will require a concession issued by the Department of Conservation. Please note that different concessions apply for different type of commercial undertaking on PCL. See here for details.

As a member of ProGuides you can apply for the ProGuide guiding concession which is suitable for short walks and photo stops up to 1 hour. Note! The concession does however not include the vehicle in case you are driver guiding.

For more information and to apply please view our DOC section in the Members only section (Login required).