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2nd July 2020
Posted under: Pānui

Observatory stargazing set to return to Takapō

New Zealanders can once again enjoy stargazing with the reopening of Dark Sky Project, the leading astro-tourism attraction in Takapō (Tekapo). The company will reopen on 3 July, offering its Crater Experience at Cowan’s Private Observatory and access to Mt John Rd from Thursday to Monday, and opening its retail store at weekends. Dark Sky…

1st July 2020
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Hollyford Track set to reopen for summer

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s three-day wilderness experience on the Hollyford Track in Fiordland is set to reopen in January 2021. The guided experience, run by Guided Walks New Zealand, was closed early in February due to unprecedented heavy rain and flooding that damaged the two private lodges on the track. It was then one of Ngāi…

19th June 2020
Posted under: Pānui

Franz Josef Glacier guided hikes set to return

Guided adventures on the Franz Josef Glacier will resume in time for the school holidays, thanks to a collaboration between Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the Department of Conservation and The Helicopter Line and the support from Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. The companies have partnered to deliver the ultimate glacier heli hike experience using the highly qualified…

1st June 2020
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Iwi celebrates first Ngāi Tahu Dame

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai has extended her congratulations to all Ngāi Tahu whānau acknowledged in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for their tremendous service to Aotearoa. “E te māreikura, Taua Aroha, ko koe te maire tū waotoko i te ora i waekanui i tō whānau, i tō hapū, i tō iwi. Nā…

28th May 2020
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Hukafalls Jet and Shotover Jet set to reopen

Two Ngāi Tahu Tourism businesses are set to soon reopen – Hukafalls Jet in Taupō and Shotover Jet in Queenstown. Due to the significant impacts of COVID-19, operations at 10 of Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s 11 businesses had been temporarily paused beyond the nationwide lockdown until conditions allowed them to reopen. The jetboating attractions are the…

6th May 2020
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Ngāi Tahu Tourism change proposal decision

For decades now, Ngāi Tahu has been a tourism industry leader. We have built a strong, internationally recognised stable of businesses and experiences through years of hard work from talented and dedicated kaimahi. We remain firmly committed to the industry and upbeat about the future. Following robust consultation with our kaimahi and careful consideration of…

23rd April 2020
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Ngāi Tahu Tourism update

The impacts of COVID-19 and the related moves made to protect New Zealanders’ health have taken a significant toll on the tourism industry, from which Ngāi Tahu Tourism has not been immune. Our tourism businesses, alongside the rest of the industry, no longer have any revenue, and even when the industry does eventually reestablish, it…

16th March 2020
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Iwi partnership to sell Go Bus to experienced transit company

Ngāi Tahu Holdings and Tainui Group Holdings have agreed to sell passenger transport company Go Bus to Melbourne-based industry operator Kinetic. Kinetic operates SkyBus in Auckland and 177 other passenger transit services across Australasia, including leading Queensland transit brands Surfside Buslines and Sunbus, and Sydney’s largest bus and coach charter company Telford’s. It is majority…

5th March 2020
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Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping resources developed for schools

Te Waipounamu teachers can now incorporate Ngāi Tahu mātauranga (knowledge) as part of their Aotearoa/New Zealand social studies and history lessons. Following on from the successful launch of Kā Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, an educational framework has been developed so that the online digital atlas can be utilised as a classroom…

17th February 2020
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New Kāi Tahu series champions te reo Māori

Kāi Tahu radio station Tahu FM has launched a new season of its popular Tahu Taxi series. Each episode of the web series features kōrero with prominent whānau who are on their individual te reo Māori journeys while they are driven around in the Tahu FM “taxi” and taken to significant landmarks. The show’s co-creator…