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 Maori 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 Maori 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 discover the real Auckland and lose yourself.
We're stoked that you're coming down to see us.
Nga mihi! (Bye for now)