Ngāi Tahu Tourism


Making the Connection

“Making the connection” – this carefully formulated phrase signifies a shift in focus for Ngāi Tahu Tourism as they redefine their purpose to embrace the relationship between kaimahi, manuhiri, and iwi. This change of perspective, although in its early stages, has already resulted in Ngāi Tahu Tourism winning the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa award for Māori Excellence in Export at the New Zealand International Business Awards, awarded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

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Te Ara Whakatipu

Earlier this year eleven Ngāi Tahu rangatahi experienced Te Ara Whakatipu a seven day hīkoi that follows in the footsteps of their ancestors, on an ancestral trail that travels from Whakatipu-wai-maōri through Whakatipu-katuka and down to Whakatipu-wai-tai. This is achieved through the support of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism wins Māori Excellence in Export

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is thrilled to have won Ha kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export at the New Zealand International Business Awards 2016. The winners were announced last night at the SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland. Accepting the award on behalf of Ngāi Tahu whānui and Ngāi Tahu Tourism, Tā Tipene O’Regan…

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Funding announced for state-of-the-art facility in Tekapo

Earth & Sky Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism, has welcomed today’s announcement from Prime Minister John Key that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will co-fund the construction of an International Astronomy Centre on the shores of Lake Tekapo, through its Tourism Growth Partnership. The…

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Tourism Scholarship Win for Ngāi Tahu Student

Tia Taiaroa is the first recipient of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Te Pia Tāpoi Scholarship for Ngāi Tahu students studying towards a tourism qualification. “I’m really excited about the Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship,” Tia says. “It will give me the opportunity to explore the tourism industry and hopefully meet some amazing people.” Tia is currently working…

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Making the Connection

As part of its new Making the Connection strategy and in recognition of long service, Ngāi Tahu Tourism has gifted 330 pounamu toki to staff who have worked at least 500 hours for the organisation. Presentation ceremonies have been held at the Ngāi Tahu Tourism businesses throughout the country, with Ngāi Tahu kaumātua present to…

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Dart Stables rides into a new era

Ngāi Tahu Tourism today signed an agreement to purchase Glenorchy’s premiere horse-trekking business, Dart Stables. The purchase is an exciting investment for the iwi-owned company, which will become the full owner of Dart Stables, which in turn offers a variety of scenic horse-riding experiences. The area in which Dart Stables operate is internationally recognised for…

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Ngāi Tahu internship provides unique opportunities

Sean Bragg is over half way through his two-year internship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has already contributed to many important kaupapa across the iwi. He relishes the opportunities and recognises the unique position he is in. Sean grew up in Bluff and acknowledges he will always keep that connection strong. “I was…

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Stars align for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Earth & Sky

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has today announced that it will enter into a joint venture with Earth & Sky, the Tekapo-based stargazing and observatory tours operator. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall says the partnership will further enhance both businesses. “This joint venture is a great fit for Ngāi Tahu Tourism and aligns with our…

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism takes to the skies with new purchase

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has signed a deal to purchase Queenstown’s leading scenic helicopter business, Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. The purchase is a significant investment for Ngāi Tahu Tourism which will become the full owner of Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which offers scenic flights and luxury charter services. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive, Quinton Hall, says…

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