Craig McLachalan



Hi! I’m not Craig Mclachlan, the actor and singer.
I’m Craig McLachlan the ‘freelance anything’ – welcome to my homepage.

I am a freelance adventurer, tour leader, writer, photographer, interpreter, media co-ordinator, ‘tourism consultant’ and Marriage & Civil Union Celebrant.

I have a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language; and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). I am also a 4th Dan Black Belt in Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate.

Please check out this website and see what I can do for you.

  • I lead hiking and ‘soft adventure’ tours in New Zealand and all around the world.
  • I write my own books – six published in English, four in Japanese.
  • I’m a Lonely Planet writertitles ranging from Japan, Hiking in Japan, Tonga, New Caledonia, South Pacific, Hawaii, Europe, Greek Islands, Switzerland & Sweden.
  • With business partners, I run Tanken Tours Ltd and Wilderness Adventures Ltd in Queenstown, New Zealand – catering mainly to Japanese outdoor enthusiasts.
  • With friends David Joll, Richard Ryall and Yoshi Kawamura, I am a partner in Zenkuro Sake, New Zealand’s first sake brewery! We recently won a gold and a silver medal at the London Sake Challenge.
  • I am manager for my sons, professional tennis player Ben McLachlan and his coach and elder brother, Riki. Ben plays Davis Cup for Japan and is ranked in the top 20 in the ATP doubles rankings.
  • I am a registered independent Marriage & Civil Union Celebrant – I can conduct weddings throughout New Zealand, specialising in intimate weddings, elopements and ceremonies in ‘unusual places’.
  • My wife Yuriko & I operate an Airbnb apartment in Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • I have been running the Queenstown Karate Club since 1989.
  • I organize and co-ordinate visits by Japanese media to New Zealand – print media, television and commercials.
  • I take photographs for both my own and Lonely Planet books (I took all the photos on this website).
  • I am available to consult on all things Japanese – tourism, importing, exporting etc.
  • …… and much, much more.

If you need a qualified ‘freelance anything’, please get in touch.

My motto – I’ll do anything, ….. almost anything!