About Us

Excursion New Zealand is owned and operated in Auckland, New Zealand by Colin Mairs.

  • At Excursion New Zealand we care passionately about life-enhancing travel experiences.
  • We believe the travel is the best education you can give yourself and the best place to learn is on the road.
  • We are committed to providing the highest level of care for our guests whilst you tour New Zealand.
  • We are customer focussed and recognise that tourism is a people to people industry.
  • Your interactions with other people will inevitably be the lasting memories of your visit to New Zealand.

Colin is a freelance professional tour guide, guiding in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Colin has lived in the UK, France, Portugal and New Zealand. He began working in the tourism industry with a part-time job as a tour guide in the Port wine cellars of Offley Port Wine in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal in 2009. Colin’s love of travel has taken him to over 30 countries, he speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Colin began working as a tour guide in Scotland in 2010 and founded Excursion Scotland (www.ExcursionScotland.com) in 2012.
After moving to live in New Zealand in 2015 he founded Excursion New Zealand.

Colin has worked as a Rick Steves tour guide in Scotland since meeting Rick in Glasgow in 2013. He regularly returns to Scotland (during low-season in New Zealand, which is high season in Scotalnd) to conduct Rick Steves’ Best of Scotland tours. Rick Steves is
recognised in the USA as one of the leading authorities on European travel for Americans. Rick lives by the philosophy that if more people travel and get to know other cultures the world can be a better place. Colin strongly supports this philosophy and hopes to be able to provide Rick Steves style tours of New Zealand. This means going “through the back door“, enjoying real-life experiences and becoming a temporary local.

See Colin reciting a poem at Rick Steves’ house here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuBpPRIt9DA

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