2 Feb 2012

South Island Maori tourism on the map

6:45 am on 2 February 2012

Maori tourism businesses in Otago and Southland are putting themselves on the map, by creating a tiki tour to showcase indigenous tourism and cultural experiences.

The website tikitourmap.co.nz and fold-up brochure covers from Timaru across to Haast, and every spot further south.

The locations feature marae, waka landing sites, and well-known visitor attractions, such as the Shotover Jet, which is owned by Ngai Tahu Holdings.

Otago and Southland Maori Business Network chairman Richard Kerr-Bell says the guide comes with plenty of stories.

He says the stories and history are attractive parts of the map, because tourists can't find out about them from any other source.

Mr Kerr-Bell says the tiki tour website will be launched on Friday.