Meet your guides

David  Hill

I’m a 60 something New Zealander with a passion for people and for history, who started guiding tour groups out of London in 1976. After twenty-five years in hospitality, aviation and tourism, in 2003 I returned to guiding, through NZ, Australia and Europe. In 2007 I received a Global Recognition Award from US company Grand Circle Travel. In 2014 I received a Te Papa Tupu Maori Literature Trust/Creative New Zealand Award as an emerging writer. My first book, based around the fall of Singapore, was published by Huia in 2019.

A graduate of Auckland University in Political Studies and Art History, other interests include architecture and music. I am a Life Member of both the New Zealand National Trust and the Auckland Museum and Institute, and a member of the Military History Society and the Author’s Society.

Terry Hobin

An Aucklander born and bred, I've been stumbling along between the immensities for seven decades. Along the way I've developed a passion for my city, its people and history and am now committed to sharing its uniqueness with locals and visitors.

A graduate of Auckland University in Communications and Marketing, other interests include music, art, sport and travel.

Following a lengthy competitions management career with the Auckland and Northern Football Federations, my passion for history has brought me into the guiding fraternity. I've led groups across the city sharing the many stories and insights into who we are and where we are going as a culture and as a city. 

Eleanor Whyle 

Eleanor’s career in the arts began underground, screen-printing T-shirts and posters with Snake Studios on Queen St in the mid-70s. With a Masters in Arts and design from Auckland University of Technology, Eleanor has recently resigned from teaching art practice to spend more time guiding visitors and others through Auckland and around the region. Now a member of ProGuides New Zealand, she brings huge experience and great passion to the role. 

Linda Tyler 

One of the most experienced arts administrators in New Zealand and with a doctorate in art history, Linda has been the Director of the Fisher Gallery and the University of Auckland’s art collection, and directed the University’s post-graduate Art History candidates. Linda has joined ProGuides New Zealand, and has become a valued member of the Auckland Walks & Guides team.

Tony Smith

A colourful career path has seen Tony move from being an executive in the music industry to a vital role currently managing security on Auckland’s waterfront. His affinity for and knowledge of maritime history made him an ideal member of Auckland Walks & Guides, and he plays a good round of golf so we built a golf tour just for him.