Our Guides

LOCAL ENLIGHTENMENT

A day with an experienced BLACK guide is a safe and relaxing journey in a luxury vehicle complemented by attentive service while exploring the finest aspects of the stunning lower South Island.

Every winding road here tells a story, a fascinating narrative of the history, the land and its pioneers. Nobody knows these stories better than our expert guides, all of whom are long-time locals and highly knowledgeable on every aspect of the deep south. Some of our guides even have links to the original settlers and goldminers of the Southern Lakes and often share intriguing anecdotes passed down from generation to generation.

Whether a guest has a personal interest in hiking, biking, skiing, history, golf, fishing, hunting, art or fine wine, BLACK’s professional, sociable and discreet guides ensure a bespoke BLACK experience is the absolute best it can be.

Get to know each one of our professional guides with access to our portal. Register below.

LET OUR GUIDES TAKE YOU ON A WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE

Beau

Guide

Where do we even start with Beau? Beau is a native to the Southern Lakes - born and raised, in the now Gibbston wine region. He is passionate about the South Island, especially his local region of the Southern Lakes. Beau’s interests are skiing, biking, hunting, fishing and travel and having been heavily involved in the adventure tourism and guiding industry for many years, he brings wealth of knowledge to each BLACK experience he guides.

Grant

Guide

Grant has an extensive knowledge of New Zealand having lived from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island throughout his life. He has spent his life exploring New Zealand and in particular the South Island as a free diver, commercial diver, hiker, mountain biker, hunter and fisherman. He has also travelled extensively around the world, but has now been happily settled in Queenstown for the past 20 years. Grant’s passion for our region has led him to a career with BLACK as a professional guide. For over ten years he has had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world and sharing uniquely kiwi experiences with them.

Andy

Guide

Andy has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm with over 40 years of experience in the tourism industry. He’s passionate about providing outstanding guided experiences to each and every guest he meets. When he’s not guiding with BLACK you can find Andy hiking, biking, boating, playing golf and fishing. His perfect day is getting outdoors and being active, followed by a glass of local pinot noir.

David

Guide

David came to Queenstown 40 years ago as a ski instructor and has loved it ever since. To this day he is still first on the Coronet Peak chairlift at the beginning of the season! Restaurant Maître di and Sommelier at many fine establishments, he has an amazing knowledge of food and wine along with an intimate understanding of the beautiful locations, experiences and interesting people who live in this region. David lived in the Cayman Islands for 5 years and has visited 38 countries. He is a great communicator and understands what it means to provide a caring and reliable service. His other loves are his wife and son, surfing and art for which he has quite an eye.

Brigit

Guide

Brigit has known and loved Queenstown all of her life, calling it home since 1985. She and her husband Paul owned and operated their own award winning business from 1990-2015. Brigit has worked in front line tourism and after the sale of her business in 2015, she welcomed the opportunity to return to the industry as a guide and driver for BLACK. Brigit’s goal is to provide an everlasting positive experience to her guests through sharing her passion and knowledge of the great outdoors through to the arts and culture of the area.

Mike

Guide

Mike has lived in Queenstown since 2006, in 2013 he helped out BLACK with some summer guiding, and has never left! In his time off he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, biking and sampling the Central Otago Pinot Noirs. He is an excellent communicator and has a great knowledge and appreciation of the Queenstown area. He likes to understand the needs of each guest to ensure that they have a memorable experience and he can exceed their expectations every time.

Frank

Guide

Frank was born in Queenstown, a fourth generation local whose great grandfather was the early runholder on Coronet Peak Station. After spending time teaching in Otago and Southland, he went on to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Frank is a keen skier and cyclist, enjoying the many local trails. He is also a huge fan of our local food and wine and has his Private Pilot’s Licence. Frank enjoys nothing more than sharing his local knowledge with visitors to this absolutely stunning part of the world.

Peter

Guide

Peter first visited New Zealand in 1986 returning to live here permanently in 1989. A trained chef and winemaker, he and his wife owned restaurants in Christchurch for over 20 years before returning to Queenstown. A keen skier and mountain biker he has led guided trips around the South Island for many years and is a passionate guide and advocate for the region. A guide for Black since 2014, Pete loves showing his adopted home to visitors!

Wattsie

Guide

Wattsie spent many years living overseas, having travelled extensively and visited 47 countries. He grew up holidaying in Arrowtown before making the move to live here 27 years ago. During his time here he has been a ski instructor, canyoning guide and rafting guide as well as being a nature guide in Milford Sound for many years, having clocked up over 2,500 trips! In his spare time Wattsie loves to ski the local mountains, play golf and spend time in the local Arrowtown cafes.

Graeme

Guide

Graeme is South Island born and bred, having lived in Queenstown since 1993 and is very passionate about the Southern Region. Graeme was previously a farmer and has been involved in the tourism industry for 23 years and is renowned for his wealth of knowledge of the area and 4WDriving. His interests are varied and include golf, back country skiing, ice hockey, bagpiping, family and grandchildren. Graeme has traveled extensively and has a great ability to interact with clients from around the world and all walks of life.

Mick

Guide

A self confessed ’wine geek’, Mick has been a part of the local wine industry here in Queenstown for over 15 years. Originally from across the Tasman, Mick’s background as a sommelier at Australia’s top restaurants was perfect grooming for his role as a wine guide. His extensive knowledge of the local region and it’s wine has earned Mick the reputation as the guide for the rich and famous, and former clients include some of the world’s hottest celebrities! Mick’s easy going nature and cheeky sense of humour provides a relaxed and friendly tour experience for all involved. He loves to chat and he’s great at tailoring the dialogue to benefit all comers, irrespective of wine knowledge. Mick loves golf!

Liane

Guide

Liane is originally from Brazil, and came to Queenstown for New Years in 2007 and never left. She swapped the busy city life of Curitiba and the corporate world for the beauty and tranquillity of the Southern Lakes. She fell in love with a farmer and now lives on a small sheep farm. When she is not showcasing the region, she can be found in her accounting office. In her spare time, you will find her hanging out with her family, helping around the farm, gardening, and in winter, snowboarding.

Phillip

Guide

Phil has close historical family connection to the area which complements his love of the physical components that make up the Whakatipu. Combined with 45 years working in professional services, bookended by involvement in the tourism industry guiding (both in New Zealand and overseas) equips Phil well to show people around an area he has a passion for.

Malcolm

Guide

Malcolm has had an association with the Queenstown area for most of his life. His relations three generations back were gold miners from this area, and he remains fascinated by what history has been passed down to him. He specializes in back country tours, gold fossicking and Lord of the Rings location tours. He has a passion for customer service and always goes beyond expectations. Several of his clients have had multiple visits to this lovely area and he has continued to look after them. Every day he enjoys the scenery of the areas he visits with his clients. He has worked for BLACK for over 10 years and has been a tour guide for over 13 years.