Meet Your Guide

Tolkein wrote in The Lord of the Rings, "Not all who wander are lost". And certainly those who walk with us will discover the wonders of Auckland on foot. Its nooks and crannies, its less travelled paths, its 'Middle Earthness'! Because as local experts we take you to places the large groups don't.

When you walk with an Aucky Walky guide, you can be assured of more sights, more laughs and more inspiration. Our tours are factually researched and presented with flair. Your professional guide is an official Auckland Ambassador and comes first aid certified. Above all we're friendly locals! 

 

Local Liz - Guide Director

Hello or Kia ora! I’m a fourth generation Kiwi girl with a passion for professional guiding. It blends my communications background with a love of storytelling, research and showcasing Auckland, my hometown. I relish revealing the city's hidden gems to both visitors and locals. I'm an official Auckland Ambassador and an associate member of ProGuides New Zealand.

I have raised my two sons In Auckland while also knocking off most of the Great Walks of New Zealand. Well travelled, I love hanging out with happy people on holiday! Read on for an insight on what to expect from my Auckland.

Don’t be surprised if an Aucklander gives you a cheery "Hi" as they walk down the street to the corner dairy (shop) - we're just friendly. Be prepared for Māori place names you can’t pronounce but have a go anyhow - it’ll give the locals a laugh. Just remember to roll your "R"s. And the weather? Well dress for four seasons in one day and you’ll be right. It rains often and that’s why Māori first called us ‘Aotearoa -the land of the long white cloud’. It’s also why our city tap water is safe to drink.

Be prepared to stop at zebra crossings which our kids sprint across bare feet to school or for a Customs Officer to ask, "any fruit in your bag Sir?" when you arrive in New Zealand. We’re super protective of our agriculture so bin the banana before you arrive!

Expect to hear many accents on your visit. After all, Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world. Not the “Little Britain of the South Pacific” and many visitors remark on the city's cultural diversity as I show them around.

One day is never enough in a new city. So walk with me to get the most out of Auckland.
We’re stoked that you’re coming down to see us.

Ngā mihi! (Bye for now)