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Companion Tours New Zealand

Exclusive customised private tours with world renowned professional kiwi guides Doug Johansen and Jan Poole as your personal companion guides.

  • Tours designed for those who enjoy pure luxury while having the opportunity to experience the “real New Zealand”
  • Every tour tailor-made to suit your special interests and at your own pace
  • All destinations, activates and accommodations have been experienced by Doug and Jan
  • Journeys flexible from short or longer escapes, nature enthused vacations, or active adventures as rugged or lavish as possible
  • We have developed a working relationship with a wide range of top quality activities, from passive to challenging to include in your vacation
  • Cater for couples, friends, families, corporates

We have fulfilled the expectations of visitors of all ages and levels of fitness – grandparents, families, honeymooners, friends, VIPs and corporates. Special interests are catered to – birders, fishing, hiking, wineries, gardens, and culture to name just a few!

We have been designing tours for visitors from all over the world with much of our new business from word of mouth.

Our objective is you leave with a warm heart and a desire to return with us both again one day!

Why choose Doug and Jan as your companion guides?

Our points of difference which makes these tours unique:

  • Both are internationally renowned as two genuine, fun loving professional nature guides
  • Doug is known as New Zealand’s “Kiwi Dundee” and is one of the countries foremost guides, winning the inaugural NZ Eco Tourism Award in 1992
  • Both Jan and Doug have Queen’s Medals for their work in Tourism
  • Visitors often return for more adventures because of their warm rapport with people, and deep love and understanding of nature and vast knowledge of their country
  • Lifetime of experience

Companion Guiding

We find with many of our private tours we form such a bond with our visitors that we all feel more like friends than tour guides. We do however ensure you have as much private time each day as you would like, and also include some days for options. We ensure every moment runs smoothly and has the opportunity to be flexible depending on you and the weather.

Touring Transport

Our vehicles are luxury Volkswagons, immaculately maintained, fully equipped and air-conditioned to provide the very best in luxury travel.

For families, groups of friends, or business groups larger than 8 people, we hire a luxury mini coach.

Cruise Ships

  • Pre and post land based tours by arrangement
  • Private day tours from Auckland Port or Tauranga

Contact Us Today!

Contact and we will design a New Zealand tour just for you!

Comments from Visitors

There are no words to describe our experiences with Doug and Jan! It was beyond our expectations. We had the greatest time and will never forget you both or your beautiful country.

Thanks for making it so fantastic!!! Love you both.

Mona & Dan Morello
New York, USA

Dear Doug & Jan, our tour with you was truly a highlight of our 6 month “round-the-world” adventure!

Martha Eubank
Charlotte, North Carolina USA

Dear Doug & Jan, Wanted to say thank you again for our days with you & to share an encounter with a New Zealander. I am a docent at the Monterey Bay Aquarium & soon after I returned I talked to a man from NZ. When I told him we had toured with you he said and I quote. “ Any New Zealander who cares abut the land, keeping the forests & restoring the bird population knows Doug Johansen –he is a national treasure” Made us so proud & grateful to have spent time with you. Hope this finds you both well and happy enjoying your lovely home and country.

Kindest Regards
Karol Gleason

Cathy Layton & Peter Russell USA: Cathy & Peter come every two years to New Zealand to enjoy time with their kiwi guides. Doug & Jan design and guide them all over the country having so much fun and adventure using luxury accommodations and also some more “typical kiwi experiences”, like when they stayed in a Maori whare with famous guide Tom, then in Central Otago in an old gold miners cottage restored by friends of Doug & Jan and having a day on the cycle trail with them. Cathy is always happy to have folk contact them about their tours.