Our team is made up of mature NZ professionals, well-known in their respective fields, all bringing a delightful mix of dedication, passion and ambition to deliver the finest arts & culture experiences to our clients

So when you book a tour with us, you can be sure you’ll be hosted by professional local guides who have passion for New Zealand and special interest areas. We’re all experienced travelers and are able to provide in-depth advice and knowledge both before and during your travels. Our tour guides are first aid trained, fully COVID-19 vaccinated and focussed on the safety and comfort of our guests at all times.

Jacqui Wilkinson

Co-founder & Director – Sales & Marketing, HR
Tour Guide – Auckland, Nationwide

Jacqui is a well-known figure in the New Zealand tourism sector having started 3 different tour companies since 2006. She’s also an active volunteer in the sector, giving her time for leading not-for-profit industry organisations, tourism training institutions and strategic government and local government tourism projects. She has hosted thousands of international and domestic visitors on guided tours around New Zealand since 2011, with a particular focus on hosting visitors from North America. She’s maintained a personal visual arts practice since graduating from Art School in the early 1990’s and continues to exhibit her work around the country. Other education includes a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Advertising) and a Post-Graduate Certificate (Advertising) from AUT as well as completing Philosophy and Classical studies at Massey University. Her interests include contemporary art, NZ history, cooking, hiking, biking, sewing, wine and learning to life a more sustainable life.

Chris Daya

Co-founder & Director – Operations, Finance, IT
Tour Guide – Auckland, Nationwide

Chris has a background in IT within corporate environments where he worked for over 20 years before joining our team full time in 2022 as Operations and Finance Manager. He managed complex operational requirements for a wide range of clients including Government departments and major NZ infrastructure companies. Prior to working in IT operations, he worked in customer service roles. This frontline experience allowed him to develop a deep appreciation for customer experience and the importance of implementing systems and processes that work first and foremost for the client. Born and bred in Devonport, Auckland; Chris is a proud Aucklander who loves showcasing his hometown to international visitors during the busy summer months.  He enjoys travel, hiking, cooking, technology and volunteers his time for a wide range of community events including local conservation projects and art and music awards that support youth across the Auckland region.

kim cormack

client relations – B2b
tour guide – wellington

Kim has worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years and holds qualifications in hospitality and tourism. She’s experienced in luxury travel planning, hotel event management and worked in product development at Tourism New Zealand for several years before joining our team in 2022. She’s travelled the country extensively, but Wellington will always be home. An avid foodie, she was awarded Mindfood magazine’s home cook of the year for her submission of a delicious lamb rump recipe. Kim lives in the leafy suburb of Ngaio with her husband, five year old daughter, elderly cat and rambunctious puppy. 

Lynn Huhtala

experience designer
Tour Guide – Auckland

Born in Canada, Lynn has called New Zealand, and Auckland, home for over 30 years.  She has an Hons. BA in History from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Otago in Dunedin. She has been involved in the tourism in New Zealand throughout her career, and combined her love of food and tourism when she started an Auckland-based food tour company a number of years ago. Now enjoying traveling overseas herself, Lynn has been an integral part of our team since 2016. She loves to share her knowledge of Auckland, including foodie tips, with visitors. Waiheke Island, a beautiful island of wine, olives, and stunning beaches, in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, has been a second home for her for many years, and a day tour there hosted by Lynn, is a highlight of many visitors to New Zealand.

Dr Sara Cotterall

Tour Guide – Wellington

Sara is an editor, language coach and academic. She was born in Wellington, where she has lived and worked for over 20 years. Sara spent much of her academic career working in Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia giving her a deep appreciation for other cultures and independent travel. During her leisure time, she loves walking around the beautiful Wellington coastline, and enjoying the city’s cinemas, cafés and galleries. Her knowledge of Wellington and New Zealand culture is extensive, providing curious visitors a rewarding experience on the tours she hosts across the region. Sara is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish.

Louise Pagonis

Tour Guide – Auckland

Louise is a tour guide with a passion for New Zealand culture and history, cycling and travel. She enjoys showing visitors around the hidden corners of Auckland city and sharing her tips for the best restaurants, shopping and places to visit. A keen e-biker and traveler she has a special passion for France and can converse in French if needed. Louise was a well-known broadcaster in New Zealand for many years and when she’s not guiding, can still be heard on National radio where she is a part time newsreader. This helps keep her up to date with New Zealand news and current affairs. Aside from her work interests Louise has a tropical garden which takes a lot of her time and she also volunteers for a food charity.

Louis Tait

Tour Guide – Wellington, Nationwide

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in International Relations and Political Science, Louis sailed the Pacific on cruise ships serving as an Entertainment Officer for several seasons. On his return to Wellington, he became involved in acting and comedy. He has worked as a quiz host and MC for many local and touring shows since 2013, and also as a Visitor Host at Te Papa (the national museum of New Zealand). Around the same time, he joined the Te Rakau Theatre Company, led by well-known Maori actor and director, Jim Moriarty and his writing partner, Helen Pearse-Otene. Louis began work as a tour guide with Fine Art Tours NZ in 2018, hosting international visitors on guided tours of Wellington. Since that time, he has travelled around New Zealand, discovering the regions and enjoying hikes around the country. He has confidence in the outdoors and is experienced on mountain, bush and coastal trails.

Trisha Blik

Tour Guide – Christchurch

Trisha has a degree in art history and has worked in graphic design, carpet design and other creative fields throughout her career. Born and bred in Christchurch to Dutch parents, she was brought up to love travel and appreciate guided experiences when visiting foreign cities. Having lived through the devastating earthquake events in 2010 and 2011, she is extremely proud of how Christchurch has emerged as a modern, resilient city and she loves sharing her stories with international visitors on the guided tours she hosts. When not guiding tours, she enjoys keeping fit with Pilates and Tai Chi and is a member of a local tramping club. She also loves her coastal Canterbury lifestyle, reading, knitting and cooking.

Justine Koning

Tour Guide – Auckland, Nationwide

Justine enjoyed a career as a ‘suit’ in advertising agencies before applying her sales and marketing skills successfully in real estate. This experience nurtured a love of helping people and providing exceptional service to others. The global pandemic forced a rethink of her career, and she easily transferred her hosting experience and love of New Zealand and our creative communities across to the tourism sector where she has worked with Fine Art Tours NZ since 2022. An avid traveller, she is also passionate about visual art, design, architecture and enjoying good food and wine with friends. Those touring with Justine love her energy, enthusiasm and passion for introducing the best arts and culture experiences New Zealand has to offer.

julian o’brien

tour guide – wellington

Julian originally studied Journalism at Massey University’s Wellington campus, and later did a degree in Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington, a city he has called home most of his life. His study and long professional career in the New Zealand media have provided him with comprehensive general knowledge of our history and culture that he loves to share with the visitors he hosts on tour. A keen walker, he knows the laneways, back streets and hidden gems in the capital intimately. 

louise keen

tour guide – auckland

Louise Keen, an Auckland-born Artist, is known for her captivating mixed media artworks. With a studio in the historic Victoria Park Market precinct, Louise’s creativity is fueled by the city’s vibrant energy. Her unique perspective, influenced by her early involvement in the Auckland punk scene, adds depth to her understanding of the city’s rich heritage. Passionate about music, art, and fashion, Louise loves sharing recommendations for local galleries, eateries, and hidden gems. Through her art practice of sewing, stitching, and patchwork, she breathes new life into reclaimed objects, creating contemporary pieces that resonate with a profound sense of place and time. Guiding visitors through Auckland’s beauty and cultural richness is a joy for Louise, as she showcases the city of sails.

anja schacht

tour guide – christchurch

lara thomas

tour guide – auckland