Ngai Tahu Tourism

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...

Out of pocket

By MATTHEW MCKEW Activity operators face a double body blow as booking agents postpone or default on debts running into the millions. Tourism in Queenstown is already under pressure from closed borders, but debts are outstanding from activities run before the...
It's turbulent times for Queenstown's adventure tourism industry. It's the sector that's put the resort on the international map, but that's of little use when international visitors, because of the Covid-19 crisis, can't get here for the foreseeable future. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The couple who made Queenstown's Shotover Jet world-famous are devastated owner Ngai Tahu Tourism's bailing out. The big corporate last week announced it's closing its tourism businesses, including Shotover Jet and Glenorchy's Dart River Jet, "for the time being",...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...

Shotover’s buzz

One of Queenstown's biggest tourism players is looking to make waves in the eco-tourism sector. Ngai Tahu Tourism, which owns Shotover Jet, confirms it's investigating how to power its famous jetboats with electric engines. Chief executive Quinton Hall says: "We currently...

Anger over heli access

Ngai Tahu Tourism continues to spark outrage with its "monopoly" over helicopter landings near Glenorchy. Aerial access to Elfin Bay, Routeburn, and Greenstone Stations is only available through Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, which Ngai Tahu Tourism bought in 2016. The firm...
Mandy Kennedy's passion for running the Queenstown Trails Trust means she'll be a hard act to follow, chairman Tony McQuilkin says. "We want to thank Mandy for her tireless efforts and results, all done in great Mandy style." Kennedy's been boss of the trust - overseeing...

Kennedys jet off

Leading Queenstown tourism personality David Kennedy and his family are leaving town. The former Destination Queenstown boss is Ngai Tahu Tourism's southern regional head honcho and popular Scene columnist. He's taking a top job at Lincoln University, near Christchurch, starting late...
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