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 am a registered independent Marriage & Civil Union Celebrant – I can conduct weddings throughout New Zealand.
  • My wife Yuriko & I operate an Airbnb apartment in Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • 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 writer – titles 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, this country’s first sake brewery! We recently won a gold and a silver medal at the London Sake Challenge.
  • 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!