Klaus Gilles

Curriculum vitae

Born in Ahrweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany 1967
Hellgate Highschool, Missoula, Montana, USA, Highschool Certificate1983-1984
Baccalaureate, Peter-Jörres Gymnasium, Ahrweiler1987
Civilian service, animal shelter Albert-Schweitzer, Bonn 1987-1989
Carpenter apprenticeship, trade-certificate1989-1991
3 months carpenter in Zermatt, Switzerland1991
6 months carpenter in Swakopmund, Namibia1993
12 months Australia1995-1996
12 months New Zealand1996-1997
6 months Africa, South Africa to Kenia1997
Imigration to New Zealand (work visa)1998
Permanent Resident in New Zealandsince 2001
12 months-course 'outdoor instructor' at Otago polytechnic, Wanaka/NZ
Emphasis: rockclimbing, ski touring, mountainskills
Jan. 2000-2001
Seasonal work as glacierguide, Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand 'Glacier1' certificate
at NZMGA (New Zealand Mountain Guides Association)
Foundation of company' aliveNZ', planing and guiding of 2-week adventure-tours South Island, NZ2003
Glacierguide in Briksdaalbreen, Norway2004
Tourguide, 2-week mountainbike and 3-week roadbike- and hike-tours for pacificCYCLEtourssince 2005
Tourguide, 1-week mountainbike and roadbiketours in croatia for Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbHSep./Oct. 2008/2009
Tourguide for incentive tour, Otago, New Zealand, for 'Taniwha guiding services' NZMar 2012
Tourguide, roadbike tour french alps and roadbike tour Zurich-Budapest for Global Adventure GuideJun/Jul 2013
Tourguide, six weeks "Roadbike tour TdF-2000" for Global Adventure Guide / Global Cycling AdventuresJun/Jul 2014
Travel guide for Terra Nova Coach Tourssince 2015


Fluent in German and English, Basic French

Qualifications and licences

International drivers licence, 1986
Heavy vehicle licence (class2), NZ standard
Transport services licence, NZ standard
Passenger endorsment (P), NZ standard
Comprehensive 1st aid course, every 2 years
Glacier 1, NZMGA (New Zealand Mountainguides Association)
"Avalanche 1", NZMGA
"Rock 1", NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association)

New Zealand expertise

History, flora, fauna, geology, Maori


Travelling, cycle touring
Cycling (mountainbike, roadbike)
Trail running, paragliding, hiking, photography, rock- and ice climbing
Reading, eating

Travel active

Trough many adventures with friends, like paragliding, kayaking, hiking, climbing and mountain biking and many years experience as tour guide, I am intimately familiar with the culture and nature of New Zealand.

I enjoy sharing this knowledge with my guests and introducing them to the New Zealand way of life. Particularly on Hike and bike tours we are exposed to the elements and closer to nature. The experience is more intense and unfiltered.

As a tour guide I like to ask my guests about their expectations and needs and then mould each trip to make it as customised as possible.