Ngāi Tahu Tourism

Ngāi Tahu has an intimate relationship with the landscape, a rich cultural heritage, and a reputation for manaakitanga (hospitality), which underpins our tourism activities.

Tourism is where our cultural, commercial, and environmental aspirations come together as we share our place, our story, and our values with the world. We aim to provide an unparalleled experience to our manuhiri (visitors).

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is one of the largest tourism operators in Aotearoa (New Zealand), hosting more than one million customers a year across our 11 iconic businesses. All are leading outdoor adventure activities that are firmly established internationally as an “essential experience” for travellers.

 

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Agrodome

In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, only 10 minutes from the Rotorua city centre, you’ll find the Agrodome – a real working sheep and cattle farm that has been loved for over 40 years by visitors from around the globe. The Agrodome Farm Show introduces visitors to the farm, animals and orchard, where they can hand-feed friendly animals, taste natural kiwifruit juice and delicious sweet honey. At the Farmyard Nursery, visitors can pat and cuddle baby animals such as lambs, calves, ducklings and puppies. For thrill-seekers, the Back Country Adventure takes visitors off-road to explore the farm. For a more laid-back option, Clydesdale horses can take visitors for a wagon ride around the farm.

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Rainbow Springs

Set among beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants, including kiwi, tuatara, trout and native birds. The nature park also features a kiwi hatchery and rearing facility – the country’s largest and most successful kiwi conservation centre. Visitors are able to enjoy the adrenaline rush of the Big Splash, explore free flight aviaries, feed the birds their breakfast, come face-to-face with tuatara, talk to Jenny the hand-reared kea, feed large wild trout and experience the wonder of Rainbow Springs’ bird show, starring some of the funniest feathered performers.

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Hukafalls Jet

Hukafalls Jet in Taupō is the only jet boat company permitted to take visitors to the base of New Zealand’s spectacular Huka Falls! Offering a unique combination of excitement and incredible scenery, the 30-minute thrilling jet boat ride combines 360° spins and disorientating speeds with a beautiful river environment lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and natural hot springs. It offers the best water level view of the Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.

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Earth & Sky

We are a 50 percent owner in the famous astro-tourism experience Earth & Sky, in Takapō (Lake Tekapo). Earth & Sky takes visitors on a journey of discovery, learning and intrigue as they view the amazing southern night sky from two stargazing locations, Cowan’s Observatory and the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory. Visitors can choose from a range of tours, from introductory stargazing options to longer opportunities with Earth & Sky’s knowledgeable astronomy guides.

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Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Franz Josef Glacier Guides gives visitors the opportunity to experience the most remarkable glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world. Franz Josef Glacier Guides is an internationally-recognised guiding operation and prides itself on providing the most incredible glacier adventure, from valley walks to heli-hikes to ice-climbing courses.
After a day on the Franz Josef Glacier, there is no better reward than to relax and rejuvenate at the Glacier Hot Pools, also in the Franz Josef township.

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Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

Conveniently situated in Franz Josef Village, the Glacier Hot Pools invites visitors to leave behind their day-to-day worries and submerge in soothingly warm water, rejuvenating their mind, body and soul. The hot pools are the perfect way for visitors to relax after exploring the rugged West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Three main pools await, or opt for one of three secluded private pools. As day gives way to night, an evening under the stars, sheltered by nature's leafy canopy at the Glacier Hot Pools, is a truly enchanting and reviving experience.

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Dart River Adventures

Dart River Adventures is the only operator in the pristine Dart River Valley, connecting visitors to the stunning scenery and wilderness through Wilderness Jet boat rides, Funyaks (inflatable canoes) and horse riding. These experiences are exceptional combinations of 'World Heritage' scenery, Māori heritage and inspiring adventure from the township of Glenorchy at the head of mighty Lake Whakatipu, into the untouched Dart River Valley and Mt Aspiring National Park. If there is one Queenstown experience that delivers the essence of Aotearoa – it is without a doubt an adventure with Dart River.

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Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters takes visitors on scenic flights around Queenstown, Mt Aspiring, Fiordland and Milford Sound. With its large and modern helicopters, and its  experienced team of pilots, Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters has flown guests from all over the world in its six-seater Airbus fleet, including the luxurious Airbus H130. Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters has been operating since the 1980s.

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Shotover Jet

The ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over three million people since 1970! Visitors take a unique, breath-taking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, featuring exhilarating 360° spins. Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River canyons. People visit Queenstown for two main reasons – scenery and adventure. Shotover Jet combines both of these in a unique and unforgettable way and is, for many visitors, the highlight of their Queenstown and New Zealand holiday.

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Guided Walks New Zealand

Guided Walks New Zealand offers a variety of guided walks into the spectacular, inspirational scenery of Queenstown and Fiordland, from half day to full day adventures. Experiences include the popular three-day/two-night Hollyford Track guided walk and NZ Snowshoe. Visitors can explore everything from glacial valleys and majestic mountains, to beautiful lakes and pristine rainforest, with a wide range of walking options to suit everyone.

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Hollyford Track

Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years, from the snow-capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. On this 3-days / 2-night all-inclusive guided nature walk experience, you'll enjoy cuisine prepared and served by our friendly lodge hosts while relaxing in our well-appointed and comfortable private lodges. A maximum number of 16 people in your group provides for a personal experience, and with your guide sharing their intimate knowledge of the area with you, it's a wonderful way to explore the very essence of New Zealand's wilderness.