Private Wellington Tours

Tailored day tours based on your interests.

Explore the City or the Greater Wellington Region

Discover Wellington’s landmarks or go farther afield and explore Kapiti, Wairarapa or the Hutt Valley.

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Private Shore Excursions

Visiting Wellington on a Cruise Ship?

Independent Private Tours

I can meet and collect you ship side at Centreport Wellington, and whisk you away on your own personal adventure.  

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Private Tours of New Zealand

I'm your personal driver/guide for your Private New Zealand Tour.

Tailored Multi-Day Itineraries

Together we’ll build you a perfect itinerary, based on how much time you have and what interests you most. From 3 to 30 days.

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Explore the best of Middle-earth – Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Film Location Tours


With over 100 filming locations used to shoot the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, you have a reason to explore every part of New Zealand. Make the most of your time in the country by booking an exclusive tailor made tour with Mike the Guide. You’ll be made to feel like you are returning home to an old friend.

Why do I want to explore Middle-earth with Mike the Guide?
  • Guiding LOTR film locations since 2002.

  • Passionate Tolkien fan, both the books and Peter Jackson’s film adaptations.
  • Recommended for Private Tours in Ian Brodie’s official Hobbit Location Guidebook.
  • Spent a week on set as an Uruk-Hai extra in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Exclusive – it’s just you and I!
  • Custom Itineraries – We can build you the perfect itinerary, to suit your preferences and time constraints.

Big news at Mike the Guide!

August 2nd, 2020|2 Comments

2020 has been quite a year. (tl;dr - I've got a job - and a baby!) My last tour of the 2019/20 summer season ended up being a Private Wellington 2 [...] featured on SYFY WIRE!

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

My Christmas has come early! SYFY WIRE have just published a story about my private Wellington and New Zealand wide film location tours and my love for all things Lord of [...]

Meet Pete, the Air New Zealand Kiwi

August 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Air New Zealand has launched a new campaign in North America, with a cute new mascot, Pete the Kiwi. He says at the end that if you need a guide, just [...]

Agent Enquiries

I work with Corporate Agencies, Talent Agents & Managers and Tour Promoters.

If you have a client or artist visiting New Zealand and they need a personal driver/guide or assistant, I'd love to help. Whether it's just for a day or they're looking for a vacation before or after their show/gig, I offer a discreet, professional service while still providing true kiwi hospitality and personality. Due to amazing growth in my business, I've created Obsidian New Zealand - a luxury private car service and bespoke tour company. I select only the best drivers and guides to work with me.
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