John Kennedy, head guide of West Coast Encounters, has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 30 years with an extensive history in tour guiding.


A love of history brought John to the West Coast 11 years ago where he was one of the founding tutors on the Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Ecotourism Programme specialising in history and interpretation.

With a degree in New Zealand History John can offer you a unique experience that showcases his love of the people and the dynamic past of the West Coast.

Tour options

Tour options include:

  • Punakaiki tours.
  • Greymouth tours.
  • Franz Josef tours.
  • Shantytown tours.

John's experience includes:

  • Guiding Tourism New Zealand’s Visiting Media Programme.
  • Sea Kayak Guide in the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Self-employed walking and driving tour guide.


745 Taylorville Rd, Taylorville 7805, New Zealand
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