Virginia Yanoff, USA: "Kirsten is THE best tour guide EVER. Seriously..., if you ever considered a trip to New Zealand... Kirsten is amazing."

London & Dennis Bearden, USA: "Kirsten, you have shown us a wonderful time, thanks to your attention to details, we had a perfect trip... it was truly fantastic."

Lillian & Uffe Wolfsberg, Denmark: "Kirsten, we have never experienced anything like it. Your knowledge shows your interest in the country, your sense of humour and great spirits were an inspiration to us all and you provided an outstanding service throughout the tour. And that's not an easy task!!! Fantastic tour."

Kirsten thoroughly enjoys the art of guiding and hosting quality-seeking tourists and finds that her background in journalism is most useful in her tour managing career, which began in 2005.
Kirsten manages top quality tours in primarily New Zealand - but also in Australia, the USA and the Pacific region - on behalf of international travel agents. She also designs and organizes her own unique tours in New Zealand & Denmark - please see below.

Kirsten is a member of New Zealand's professional body for tour guides and driver/guides Proguides New Zealand.


Kirsten's Danish heritage prompted some of her happy clients in New Zealand to suggest she showed them Denmark! Being one to enjoy new challenges, Kirsten immediately embraced the idea and now organizes unique and customised tours in Denmark.  Please contact Kirsten via email for more information.


Given her vast knowledge and passion for New Zealand, Kirsten also creates customized itineraries for independent travellers and small groups. Whatever your interest - be it food, wine, golf, architecture, Maori culture, NZ flora & fauna etc. Anything from a few days to several weeks. And if you need her to be your guide (and potentially your driver as well) on the tour, she is up for that too. Please contact Kirsten via emailwith your requests.


Kirsten is the author of Denmark’s bestselling guide book to New Zealand, Turen går til New Zealand, published by Politikens Forlag. The book is part of Denmark's most famous guidebook-series, covering 100 destinations. Kirsten rewrites and updates her book regularly. Buy the latest edition from 2024 by clicking here.

Kirsten became a New Zealand citizen in 2016. She is based in Nelson but her world is limitless!


Joan M. Newman, USA: "I would like to sing the praises of our tour guide, Kirsten Roedsgaard-Mathiesen. Kirsten was exceptional in every way. She has this incredible love and passion for New Zealand and the New Zealanders, or more affectionately, the Kiwis, and this was evident in everything Kirsten did for us during the tour. Kirsten is extremely knowledgeable about all things New Zealand, its history, culture, geography, food, wine, industries etc. and communicates this knowledge in a very interesting, engaging, and delightful way. She has excellent people skills, great sense of humor, high energy, and patience. Kirsten is a pro at what she does!"

Michael Small, Product Manager, AHI Travel Group/USA: "Kirsten, I hope you don’t mind me reaching out directly to send a sincere thank you for taking care of our recent group. I just returned from a trip in France for work and was welcomed with some fantastic surveys from the passengers who sang your praises loudly and proudly. Our travel directors are typically very well received around the world, but there are only a select few who get such enthusiastic compliments."

Stine Meinertsen, Product Manager, Stjernegaard Rejser/Denmark: "Being a tour leader you NEED to be very social but also very professional, and Kirsten is perfect at both. Furthermore she is knowledgeable, attentive, charming, fun and a person our guests want to travel with more than once."

Mads Clausen, owner of Four Corners/Denmark: “Kirsten is a very experienced, great and highly regarded tour leader. She is passionate about New Zealand which shows in the way she conducts her tours.”

Ulla & Mogens Thomsen, Denmark: "On the way home from New Zealand we all talked about what a phenomenal tour guide Kirsten is. So engaging, knowledgeable and fun. We have thoroughly enjoyed our tour in New Zealand."

Marianne & Jens Beck, Denmark: "Thanks to our super-guide we have had a fabulous tour. Kirsten, we miss your great humour and the way you looked after us. Thanks so much!"

All work copyright Kirsten Rødsgaard-Mathiesen 2010