Welcome to Obsidian New Zealand! I am Mike Stearne, the company's owner and lead driver/guide. Obsidian was born from the success of my original business, MiketheGuide.com. Due to the demand exceeding my ability to supply my growing number of clients and guests, I started Obsidian New Zealand, enabling me to hire the very best drivers and guides to take care of your needs.
I grew up in Otautau, a small town in Southland, and moved to Queenstown in 1997, where I eventually guided my first tour in 2002, just as the Lord of the Rings tourist phenomenon was taking off. In 1999 I'd been fortunate to spend a week working as an extra on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I was a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books as a teenager and it was such an exciting opportunity to be involved in this epic trilogy.
I moved to Wellington in 2010 and spent a few years working for local tour companies, before starting MiketheGuide.com in 2013. MiketheGuide offers custom nationwide and day tours, and continues to run alongside Obsidian.
I'm committed to growing Obsidian New Zealand into the most respected employer and provider of vehicle based tour and personal driving services in New Zealand. Thanks for being a part of our adventure!