Our passion for the environment


Kaitiakitanga – Our passion for the environment.

Kaitiakitanga is a Maori term that means guardianship of the land.

We never take our stunning environment for granted and are committed to preserving our piece of paradise here in the South Pacific. If you as our tour guest notice anywhere we can reduce our footprint on the environment, please let us know. We would truly appreciate your knowledge, feedback and ideas.

Wildsouth Discovery treads carefully on the land.

Tiaki – To care for people and place

Tiaki is a Māori word that loosely means to care, conserve, and protect. It is a significant part of Māori culture and can be found in important cultural concepts such as Manaakitanga and Kaitiakitanga.

Wildsouth Discovery is a boutique tour operator that values its people and puts the safety of our passengers and crew above all else, whilst continuing to provide excellent service to our clients. We care for our people, the environment, and the communities in which we operate by following the Tiaki principles.

Aotearoa New Zealand is precious, a pocket edition of the world and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. By following the Tiaki Promise, we are making a commitment to New Zealand by acting as a guardian, and protecting and preserving our home.
The Tiaki symbol represents four atua (Māori spiritual beings) who in turn represent four key elements that make this place so special…

Ranginui – our sky father,
Tāne Mahuta – our forest,
Papatūānuku – our earth mother, and
Tangaroa – our ocean

Its presence is a reminder for all of us to travel in accordance with the principles of Tiaki. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations and by following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand to act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Aotearoa, Welcome to New Zealand.

We ask all guests travelling with us to honour this agreement by practicing the Tiaki Promise.

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