Our Guides

All of our guides are Otago locals who have lived here for many years. We only choose guides who are genuinely interested in meeting new people and in giving visitors a personalised experience of the hidden Otago.


Claudie Favre-Hayman is a Swiss national who has been living in Dunedin for the last 20 years so we like to think she is officially a local!. Claudie is fluent in both French and English and has been working in tourism her whole career. She is passionate about New Zealand and has developed a deep understanding of local and Maori culture. This has enabled her to guide travelers to remarkable places throught New Zealand including places of cultural significnace to Maori, amazing natural history and native wildlife. She has extensive experience in conducting private tours form 2 to 40 clients. She is excited to introduce travellers to the best of what this country has to offer and looks forward to welcoming you to "Aotearoa - The Land of the Long White Cloud". All Claudie's tours can be guided in French or English.  Linked in profile

 


 

Fiona Hewitt is a New Zealand born resident, and has lived in Alexandra since 1995. She has a keen interest in the history of the Central Otago region and is able to describe the foundations of gold mining and subsequent wine industry in the area. Fiona’s husband Morley runs VinPro; Central Otago’s largest wine making, bottling and warehousing company. Fiona has exclusive access to VinPro and can take you behind the scenes of the wine industry and through the factory.  From here she can take you into the Alexandra basin to meet the winegrowers and hear their stories accompanied by samples of their wonderful wines. Fiona is also a bit of an arty crafty girl and is a long serving member of the Alexandra Community Arts Council so she is keen to introduce you to the diverse and incredibly talented Central Otago art and craft community. Why not mix the art and wine experience and let Fiona lead you on a truly memorable tour. Linkedin profile

 


 

Terry Clapham has lived in a number of New Zealand places as well as twelve years in the UK and three in Fiji but he's always drawn back to Otago where he's spent a total of 29 years. Its the place he calls home. His geographic knowledge of New Zealand and the history that goes with it is extensive, particularly so in Otago.

He has dual British/New Zealand citizenship and is widely travelled; Terry has guided tours throughout Otago as well as in the south of England. Terry can take you to places “off the tourist route”. He's a keen motorcyclist, a hovercraft pilot and steam locomotive driver. Join Terry to see the real Dunedin.

 

 


 

Francois Leurquin has lived in Dunedin for over 20 years. He came to Dunedin from his native France in 1990 and has enjoyed raising his family here in the South Island of New Zealand. Francois loves this city and the surrounding countryside and he is looking forward to showing you Dunedin's many attractions. He is very interested in the history of the region as well as the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery that we enjoy in Dunedin. Francois has been guiding visitors to Dunedin for many years and he is looking forward to meeting new people. He has excellent English as well as perfect French of course! Please contact Francois - he would love to customize a private tour for you to see the very best of this great city.

 

 


 

Chris Parvin. Seeing the South Island is always a privilege however you travel, but sharing the experience through the eyes of  journalist, story-teller and humorist Chris might just mean you’ll never forget it!

More than a couple of decades as a Queenstown resident and inveterate explorer of the South has taught him how to unlock what makes the place and it’s people tick – and grin.

Old enough to deliver the facts and irreverent enough to leave no one-liner unturned, don’t expect lectures but be prepared for relaxation, photo opportunities, local knowledge, experience and smiles.