Six Reasons to Hire a Professional Driver For Your New Zealand Vacation.

The New Zealand media has been very busy recently with stories of scary situations and accidents on our roads, caused by visiting drivers. Exponential growth in visitor numbers has filled New Zealand roads with inexperienced, nervous and distracted drivers, and the number of incidents and crashes have increased in kind. I've been taking most of the [...]

Six Reasons to Hire a Professional Driver For Your New Zealand Vacation.2017-08-09T12:06:03+00:00

Mike the Guide in German Media!

  I took a writer from Germany on a short Wellington City tour recently and I've just popped up in a story. It's written in German of course, but google translate does a fair job of translating it to English. Check it out here! For your own New Zealand adventure, contact me here. [sbc id="1" [...]

Mike the Guide in German Media!2016-10-15T13:40:26+00:00

Film Location Tour Guide on Vacation

What does a movie location tour guide do when he goes on vacation? Over the Christmas/New Year period, Nicole and I took a rare break and visited Oregon and Hawaii. This is the busiest time of year in New Zealand tourism and I'm usually working. Nicole hasn't had Christmas with her family since 2005 so it [...]

Film Location Tour Guide on Vacation2016-10-15T13:40:27+00:00

Hobbit Location Guidebook – Ian Brodie

Buy the Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook HERE! Buy the Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook HERE! Ian Brodie's book, The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook is a very useful tool when planning and executing your own Middle-earth adventure in New Zealand! I met Ian in Queenstown way back in 2002 (I think), when he was researching [...]

Hobbit Location Guidebook – Ian Brodie2017-07-26T12:06:40+00:00

9 Must-See Automotive & Transport Museums in New Zealand

I love cars. I love to drive. I love the smell and the sound of cars racing on a circuit and the roar of a Spitfire buzzing an airfield. I know I'm not alone. Whether you are into Veteran, Vintage, Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Classic, Modern, European, American, British or Australian cars, New Zealand is [...]

9 Must-See Automotive & Transport Museums in New Zealand2016-10-22T15:15:24+00:00

Private 7 Day New Zealand Middle-earth Film Location Tour (North Island)

 miketheguide.com offers private high-end tours for solo travellers, couples and small groups - the following tour is an example of what I can offer. If you like what you see, contact me directly and together we can create your ultimate New Zealand experience. Mae Govannen - Haere Mai - Welcome! I have designed an exciting 7 [...]

Private 7 Day New Zealand Middle-earth Film Location Tour (North Island)2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

North Island Solo Tour Review – January 2014

The real beauty of making multiple trips to the same country is that you don't have to rush to see everything. This was my client's (let's call him "Lemmy"), fourth trip to New Zealand. His first three times here were all based in the South Island, where I was lucky enough to meet him while [...]

North Island Solo Tour Review – January 20142016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

Flying in Fiordland – Landing in Middle-earth

Back in 2009 I shot some footage while hosting a couple on their flight in Fiordland. They wanted someone with some Lord of the Rings knowledge to join them and point out some of the locations we would see. We visited so much more than this video shows, but there was so much footage I [...]

Flying in Fiordland – Landing in Middle-earth2016-10-15T13:40:29+00:00

21 Day Motorsport & Auto Museum tour, October/November 2013

I was looking at some upcoming events on the New Zealand motorsport calendar and there are some great things happening later in the year. November 1st-3rd is the Wigram Revival and Lady Wigram Trophy Race in Christchurch. The Canterbury Car Club is using this event to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Powerbuilt Raceway at [...]

21 Day Motorsport & Auto Museum tour, October/November 20132016-10-15T13:40:31+00:00