Guide on this trip:
Malcolm Anngow has had a number of years’ experience as a driver/ guide in the Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago region of NZ. He has travelled extensively through Asia and currently calls Arrowtown home.
He has a passion for the scenery and attractions around these stunning areas of our country. His vast experience in driving the back country trails of Skippers Canyon and gold settlement of Macetown.
His wife's descendants were gold miners in that area and he can relay in detail a lot of the early history of the area as you travel through it on one of our luxury 4wd tours.
Grant has been a professional abalone diver for 21 years diving New Zealand's rugged coastline and has explored much of New Zealand's back country as a hunter, gold prospector and fly fisherman. His skill and experience here is well recognised – he has been the host of several NZ back country hunting DVDs.
As a local, Grant knows all the special places off the beaten track. He loves to share everything that makes this area so special with all the people he meets as a professional guide and, with a passion for native New Zealand birdlife, mountain biking and travel, is always available with a piece of valuable local knowledge.
Born and bred local raised in Gibbston Valley, Beau has spent time travelling in Canada and North America but also worked in Australia (Sydney and Cairns).
Beau was active in the rafting industry for over 20 years and appointed one of five senior river guide positions in New Zealand and responsible for developing safety guide lines in the late 80’s and was a member of the New Zealand White water team travelling to compete in Russia 1989 and the USA in 1990.
He has also been a commercial jet boat driver on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers and has been heavily involved in adventure tourism for many years. Beau’s interests are skiing, biking, hunting and fishing. His real passion lies with where he lives however, and he enjoys showing off our region to visitors.
Mike has had a home in Queenstown for over 30 years. He has a good knowledge of Central Otago and Queenstown in particular. His background is in sales and marketing having owned businesses in the motor and insurance industries.
With extensive experience in sporting administration and a love for golf and cycling, Mike has plenty of hours behind him using the wonderful facilities the area has to offer. He enjoys the interaction with the visitors to our unique tourist resort.
In many ways David epitomises the Queenstown experience, having spent a long career here in hospitality as a fine dining maître d’, wine sommelier, ski instructor, ambassador and guide.
David has that very special local knowledge, the type not found in guidebooks, and a passion for quality service. Whether its that ski run known only to a few or, the exceptional local wine choice, or an out-of-way unique experience, you can be assured David knows the very best available.
With his excellent communication skills, friendly, professional style, and impeccable discretion, David can always be relied upon to deliver a highly personalized and world-class standard of service.
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. Recently he has returned home to Queenstown after a successful management career in the IT industry in both NZ and Australia.
A keen skier, and with a Private Pilot’s Licence, Frank also regularly struggles with his golf clubs, enjoys cycling the many trails in the area and is a huge fan of the local wines and food.
While travelling abroad extensively Frank enjoys nothing more than coming home to Queenstown to share his local knowledge with visitors to this absolutely stunning part of the world.
Martin settled in Queenstown 15 years ago after having travelled the world over to finally find a place he desired to call home.
His love of the outdoors and meeting people seamlessly led him to Black touring and guiding. Martin loves each opportunity he has to show clients the backyard that he plays in. He has a keen interest in Lord of the Rings, off-road driving, Skippers Canyon, heli skiing, hiking, fishing, general sightseeing and the history of the Wakatipu basin.
While he grew up on a South Otago sheep farm the Queenstown area has been Alasdair’s home for over 30 years now. That time has been spent exploring the back country, climbing most of the mountains in the region and competing in adventure races. He enjoys mountain biking and skiing and has sailed a number of times through the Pacific and NZ. When in the latter he loves to spend time in fishing in the remotest locations around Fiordland.
His experiences in the world are not confined to these places however. Over the years he’s worked offshore in Norway on oil rigs, biked from London through to Africa, lived in Samoa and spent 18 months as an Antarctic guide, including wintering-over at Scott Base and going to the South Pole twice.
In guiding Alasdair loves taking people hiking, mountain biking and skiing. He has a keen interest in the natural world, and really enjoys meeting people from all over the globe and hearing about their world, perspectives and views
Liane fell in love with Queenstown when she first arrived to celebrate New Years Eve in 2005 and never left.
Happy to swap the busy city life of Curitiba in Brazil for the slower pace in Queenstown, she left behind a promising marketing career to experience the many sides of tourism in and around Queenstown. She has since gained a vast knowledge of the area and her passion for this magical place continues to grow.
Liane has really turned into to a country girl and now lives on a deer farm with complete with sheep, chickens and her young family.
Proving once again our guides are nothing if not multi-talented, Peter is a trained chef and winemaker as well as an experienced guide.
Originally from Boston in the USA, he has now called New Zealand home for over 25 years. Starting out in Christchurch, and establishing several restaurants there, he and his wife Fiona fell in love with Queenstown, and they now run a private lodge here and are building a home in Gibbston.
A keen skier, hiker and mountain biker Peter loves getting out onto the many tracks and trails around Queenstown. And, as a collector of contemporary New Zealand art and a craft beer enthusiast, he thrives on sharing his many passions country with others.
When not driving for Black he can be found out on the back roads of Central Otago behind the wheel of his classic Alfa Romeo, smiling from ear to ear and looking forward to what comes around the next bend in the road.
Hilton Kidd has lived in Queenstown for what seems like forever; he knows the area like the back of his hand and can show you those hidden gems that only a select few know about. He started in the area as a builder but can turn his hand to anything he sets his mind to; his new vocation as a Black Driver has been a welcome change from the frosty mornings on building sites. Having enjoyed this beautiful area with his family for decades, he now loves to share his backyard with people from all over the world.
As a long term Queenstown local and award winning business owner, Brigit has an intricate knowledge of our vibrant city. Home is where the heart is and Brigit makes the most of everyday in this beautiful environment – skiing, paddle-boarding, biking or walking.
Brigit is most at home when near the shores of Kelvin Peninsula, or spending time creating beautiful things through the mediums of photography and sewing.
She prides herself on being relaxed, flexible and responsive to her clients needs and interests, tweaking the service that she provides to ensure a perfect experience.
She enjoys hosting her clients with the aim of providing them with a great southern experience – sharing her local knowledge and experiences as part of her genuine interest in the different people she meets.
As a born and bred New Zealander, guiding in the Queenstown region is something that Tracey regards as a privilege. She delights in the wonderful effect this area has on visitors.
Tracey believes that a great guide should always exceed expectations and go the extra mile to deliver memorable experiences – all in an attentive yet discreet manner.
Coming from a management background in tourism and hospitallity, both locally and overseas, Tracey has a wealth of travel experience and understands the needs of our visitors and our environment exceptionally well.
Tracey struggles to name just one favourite place as there are far too many to choose from!
Geoff brings 26 years of outdoor guiding experience to the role – enabling him to showcase the hidden gems of the region to a wide range of clients.
As a long term local, skier and adventure race organiser, Geoff has a thirst for new experiences and a keenness to share even more with visitors to our fantastic corner of the world.
More at home enjoying the first run of the day on Coronet Peak than anywhere else, Geoff’s ideal day would be spent putting in some fresh turns on one of our world-class ski areas.
Bringing smiles to the faces of clients, ensuring a stress-free holiday and showing off the best of what Central Otago has to offer, all whilst anticipating the needs and desires of the clients is second nature to Geoff.
Phil has owned a home in Queenstown for over 35 years and moved to live permanently here in 2014 after a long career in The Professional Services Sector. He has a love of the outdoors and has climbed and hiked widely in both New Zealand and overseas. Phils ancestors were Arrowtown residents and he has a wide knowledge of the history and geography of the Central Otago region and particularly of the areas at the Head of the Lake..
As a long time Queenstown local, Jono has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Wakatipu area and greatly enjoys showing every client a unique and entertaining experience. With an extensive background in adventure tourism, as a ski instructor and jet boat driver, he certainly understands the appeal of this area to a broad range of clientele.
Jono is well versed in hosting international guests whilst pursuing his other passion of captaining private yachts in the Mediterranean.
Jono is a warm hearted, enthusiastic and devoted individual who will go the extra mile in his guiding duties to ensure his clients are happy and expectations are met beyond belief.