Beau Rapley Guiding - Queenstown

Beau Rapley Guiding: Private guiding for the discerning traveler.


As one of the Queenstown region's favourite local personal guides, Beau has looked after hundreds of clients from all over the world for nearly forty years. His passion and knowledge of the Southern Lakes area, along with his desire to provide each client with the best possible experience make him sought after by his clients.


Beau is a native to the Southern Lakes - born in the now Gibbston wine region near Queenstown. His interests are wine, skiing, biking, hunting, fishing and travel and having been heavily involved in the adventure tourism and guiding industry for over 40 years, he brings wealth of knowledge to each experience he guides.



  • New to the fleet for the 2023/24 season: Land Rover Discovery TD6 HSE. Full leather, wireless internet. It now brings our small fleet up to the highest of standards. Covering every aspect of BRG’s guided experiences.
  • 2021 Toyota HiLux SRS cruiser, a top of the line 4- wheel drive vehicle. Max 3 people or two adults and 2 children.
  • 2022/23 Mercedes Sprinter Van. Luxury configuration for 9 Passengers + luggage. 5 Independent leather seats plus 4 pax bench seats. Ideal for families or small groups.

Personalized Tour Design 

Beau has designed a range of trips that will be customized for your clients' interests, needs and level of fitness. More detailed information on each of the tours below can be found on the website:


Food, Wine & Art

  • The Best of Central Otago Wines – meet the growers (Exclusive)
  • The Best of Central Otago Wines

Off the Beaten Track

  • Skippers Canyon 
  • Nevis Valley

Active Adventure

  • Wakatipu Hikes
  • Routeburn Track Private Day Hike
  • Cycling tours: Mountain bike / E-bike / Gravel bike

Best of the South Sightseeing

  • Best of the South 
  • Best of the Wakatipu Basin
  • Milford Sound Private Day Tour

Agritourism & High Country Experiences

  • Farm Tour (Exclusive)
  • High Country Heli Hike & lunch (Exclusive)
  • Heli-lunch at High Country Shepherd’s Hut (Exclusive)

Why work with us?

  • Providing clients with an experience tailored to their needs and giving them the best possible service lies at the core of working with us.
  • By dealing directly with your guide, the service is more personal and efficient (rather than  dealing with several layers in a larger company).
  • Beau has decades of experience in hosting discerning clients, many of whom have requested Beau as their guide repeatedly. 
  • Beau has over forty years' experience in the local adventure and leisure tourism industry.
  • He has extensive contacts and friends in the area upon which he can call for experiences that other operators can't access. These include exclusive access to stunning locations, vineyards, high country stations, artists and more.
  • Beau will share his knowledge, the local culture and stories.
  • We work with locally-owned businesses which helps supports the local economy.




Beau Rapley Guiding

PO Box 234

Queenstown 9300

New Zealand

Ph: +64  274 351 16

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