Tour Guide Kaiārahi Rōpū Haere

Tour guides escort people on sightseeing, educational or other tours, and describe points of interest.

Tour guides may do some or all of the following:

  • escort people on trips or tours, including tours into natural areas
  • describe and explain points of interest on the trip or tour
  • arrange entry to places such as museums, government buildings and exhibitions
  • answer questions and give out written information
  • arrange or prepare meals and accommodation
  • drive a vehicle such as a bus or coach
  • act as an interpreter
  • market their business (if it is a privately owned tour company).

Physical Requirements

Tour guides need to be reasonably fit as they may do a lot of walking or physical activities. They may also need to lift heavy luggage onto buses or coaches.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for tour guides includes:

  • work in the tourism and hospitality industries
  • experience as a volunteer host at museums or other attractions
  • work involving contact with the public and people from other cultures
  • public speaking
  • travel experience.

Personal Qualities

Tour guides need to be:

  • good communicators
  • friendly, outgoing and able to put people at ease
  • polite, patient and professional
  • helpful and perceptive to visitors' needs
  • able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds
  • good at planning, organisation and time management.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for tour guides includes:

  • work in the tourism and hospitality industries
  • experience as a volunteer host at museums or other attractions
  • work involving contact with the public and people from other cultures
  • public speaking
  • travel experience.

Subject Recommendations

Useful subjects include English, maths, Asian or European languages and Māori.

Tour Guides can earn around $37K-$60K per year per year.

Tour guides can progress to work as:

  • consultants to tourism businesses
  • managers, marketers or owners of tourism businesses
  • tour package co-ordinators.
Tour Guide

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