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.

LET OUR GUIDES TAKE YOU ON A WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Phil

Guide

Phil arrived in Queenstown with his family more than a decade ago for a 6 month stay to enjoy all the benefits of the adventure capital Queenstown, but like many other locals never left. All these years on, he still continues to discover activities and enjoys spending time skiing, mountain biking, hiking & playing golf. Phil retired in 2020 after an incredible 31 year career as a pilot with Air New Zealand on International & Domestic operations. Phil thoroughly enjoys being able to share memories & his love of adventure with those visiting Queenstown & the surrounding areas.

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!

Ben

Guide

Ben is originally from the UK but has called Queenstown home since falling in love with both New Zealand and one of its local residents many years ago. His energetic zest for life and a love for the outdoors is evident through his own local business, Paddle Queenstown. When Ben is not enjoying the lakes you’ll find him guiding, sharing his extensive knowledge of the region and enthusiasm that cannot be matched.

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.

Jim

Guide

Jim has been a local business owner in Queenstown for the last 14 years, working with local hotels and luxury homes on the supply of pools & spas. With an engineering & design background, Jim was previously involved in a variety of industries from FilmFX to documentary production. Jim has a passion for conservation & having worked as a science communicator loves to share his wide knowledge of our local fauna and flora, geology and history with visitors to ensure their experience is even more memorable. A self-confessed Central Otago Pinot fan, when not working for BLACK Jim can be found out on a mountain bike, tramping in the wilderness, or at track-day car events.

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.

Bruce

Guide

Bruce is an expert guide and angler who revels in every moment on the rivers and lakes of Central Otago. As a local for over four decades, over the years Bruce has owned 3 restaurants, managed ski teams at Coronet Peak, and was even one of the first people to jump off Skyline as a paraglider. Not only is Bruce versed in the history of the locale, Bruce has a wealth of knowledge on the region and shares his love and enthusiasm of the outdoors with his guests. In his spare time, you will find Bruce fishing for trout in the alpine rivers of Central Otago.