Hōpara: What it’s really like to be a New Zealand tour guide

Everyday explorers recount their best travel memories to Elisabeth Easther

Born and raised in Kaitaia, Leanne Erceg’s tour leading life began when her insurance career ended and she led her first cycle tour in France. Today Leanne guides international groups around the high spots of Aotearoa.

I studied French at school, but I didn’t go to France until 2004 and my love for the language was reawakened. For the last 16 years, I’ve been learning French in France and at Auckland University. Although it doesn’t roll off my tongue with a beautiful French accent, it’s a bit more staccato Kiwi, but my French friends think it’s cute.

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