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Mike Stearne

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I fell into guiding back in 2002 after playing as an extra in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. I’m a passionate LOTR fan and ended up helping find locations for the official Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook. I’m the only private guide recommended for nationwide tours in the official Hobbit Location Guidebook.

I don’t just do LOTR, I love creating adventure themed itineraries around your timeframe, budget and interests. All of my tours are tailored to best suit your needs. Some examples are the Automotive and Aviation themed tour of visiting museums and motor sport events and airshows, the Beer and Food tour and adrenaline fuelled tours where you strap in for many of NZ’s most famous jumps, swings, rides and flights.

I love guiding now more than when I started and in order to keep my passion, I’ll soon start restricting my availability to six long duration, 10 days or more, tours per season.

I am an independent private tour operator. I'm more passionate about guiding now, than when I started in 2002. I specialize in small group tours such as solo, couple and family, both nationwide around New Zealand and for Wellington City day tours.

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