Guides

Ilona Rodgers – Auckland & Wellington

Ilona-Rodgers-Fine-Art-Tours-NZIlona is a senior tour leader for Fine Art Tours NZ and has been involved in the arts for many years.

She is best known for her high profile roles in Television (BBC, TVNZ, ABC, Channel 7 & 10) but also has extensive theatre and film experience.

Most recently, she has been working “behind the scenes” in Arts Management since graduating with First Class Honours in Arts Administration.

Ilona is a highly engaging, entertaining professional with extensive knowledge about the arts scene in New Zealand. The opportunity to spend a day with her is a rare treat not to be missed!

Dr Oliver Stead – Wellington

Dr Oliver SteadDr Oliver Stead is a New Zealand art historian and writer who has worked professionally with cultural heritage collections for more than 30 years.

His appointments have included the Alexander Turnbull Library, University of Auckland, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum, National Library of Australia, and the James Wallace Arts Trust.

A highlight of Oliver’s career as a tour guide was hosting HRH the Prince of Wales on a private visit to Auckland Museum in 2006.

Lynn Huhtala – Auckland & Wellington

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Lynn Huhtala is a senior tour leader for Fine Art Tours NZ with a particular passion for New Zealand food and fashion.

Lynn has been a judge for the Metro Top 100 Cheap Eats awards for 4 years and co-author of the hugely popular foodie blog “cheap eats” since 2010.

Lynn’s extensive knowledge about the local gourmet scene is evident in the glowing testimonials she receives from clients as Tour Leader.

Jacqui Wilkinson – Auckland & Wellington

Jacqui-Wilkinson-Fine-Art-Tours-NZ (Small)Jacqui is one of the Directors of Fine Art Tours NZ and a passionate arts and history lover. She has degrees and post graduate qualifications across of broad range of disciplines including fine arts, classical history, art history, marketing and advertising.

She loves introducing visitors to the creative communities of New Zealand and sharing the unique stories of the most recently settled country on earth.

Jacqui is also passionate about wine, whiskey, home cooking, travel and the great outdoors.

Helen Langford – Auckland

Helen is first and foremost our Reservations Manager, but she also hosts clients with particular interest in New Zealand wine and the performing arts.
She has been involved in the arts in New Zealand throughout her career, first making her living as a professional dancer and in more recent times, as an arts administrator.
Her experience includes work with some of our most well respected arts organisations, including Black Grace Dance Company, the Auckland Arts Festival and Okareka Dance
Company.