Exclusive Expert - Guided Nature Tours, Dunedin - New Zealand

"We came with high expectations and they were all exceeded"

"Hildegards Albatross Begeisterung ist ansteckend!"

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"We feel like we have come to know the Otago Peninsula thanks to the fantastic guidance Steve gave us."    
D. Coast, USA




"...Steve provides outstanding informative tours. Doesn't get any better than this!"              
M. Voegele, USA

About Us

Hildegard and Ralf LubckeHildegard and Ralf Lübcke and their three daughters arrived in Dunedin in 1985 on what was supposed to be a 2-year stay while Ralf was conducting research at Otago University. They soon fell in love with the country and made it their home.

Hildegard, principal guide and director of Nature Guides Otago, trained and worked as Biology and Chemistry teacher in Germany taking a keen interest in environmental education. In 1989 here at Dunedin University the opportunity for a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism presented itself with Hildegard taking up this challenge focusing on interactions of wildlife and tourism. This lead to the establishment of a small-group nature guiding business, initially called “Wings of Kotuku” and renamed “Nature Guides Otago” in 2000. Hildegard is passionate in her guiding, concerned about conservation and particularly the Yellow-eyed Penguins. There are tremendous management challenges like predator control and habitat improvement for these increasingly rare birds which has prompted active involvement by Nature Guides Otago.

Ralf is co-director of the company, he is semi-retired and works part-time as a consultant at Dunedin Hospital. He used to be an active rower, loves the outdoors, and rides his bike to work in the morning. Ralf is responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles and is now also getting more involved in nature guiding.

Our commitment to the environment is rooted in our personalities and we contribute as much as possible to global sustainability. We encourage our guests to support us in this effort.  Read more 

Stevi Broni - Nature Guide

“Tour guiding is the best job in the world. What other job allows you to visit the wild places you love AND share your knowledge, experience and passion with visitors from all over the world, while at the same time contributing to the conservation of those places”

Steve Broni - Nature Guide
Steve grew up in Scotland where he gained a BSc (Hon) degree in Zoology from Glasgow University. A scholarship from `Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology’ took him to Cape Town, South Africa where he found himself living on an island with a few thousand African Black-footed penguins for a year. Out if this came an MSc in Marine Ornithology.  He then `ran away to sea’ with a private Antarctic Expedition - “In the Footsteps of Scott”- led by Robert Swan OBE. Steve has also spent time on Gough Island, Tristan Da Cunha and Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. He has made three trips to New Zealand’s sub-antarctic islands, one as Cruise Director for Heritage Expeditions, and spent time exploring Namibia and Kalahari. Steve has lived in New Zealand now since 1988, much of that time working for Department of Conservation. He has also worked at Otago Museum, New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Dunedin Public Library. In 2003 he spent two summer seasons as Interpretation Coach at Denali National Park, Alaska. Steve is an NAI Qualified Tour Guide and Interpretation Coach and runs Interpretive Guiding workshops in New Zealand when called upon. Steve worked as Nature Guide for our company for the 2006 to 2009 seasons. He currently works full-time as Director of the Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA), and is also Chairman of the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust. We are fortunate that Steve is still available to guide on weekends.

Nature Guides Otago


PO Box 8058, Dunedin 9041 - New Zealand
email: info@natureguidesotago.co.nz