Tiaki Promise: Our Pledge to Preserve Glacier Country

Tiaki means to care for people, place and culture

 

In Glacier Country, our commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism is embodied in our dedication to the Tiaki Promise. This pledge is shared across New Zealand to protect and preserve our land, waters, and culture for future generations. It’s a principle that guides us in everything we do, ensuring that the splendour that defines our region today can be experienced by visitors and locals alike for years to come.

Tiaki Promise, NZ

 

THE TIAKI PROMISE

Welcome to Glacier Country, a stunning expanse of untamed natural wilderness nestled on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Here you will find soaring peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, the ancient ice of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, serene reflections of Lake Matheson and the rich biodiversity of Ōkārito Lagoon. Every aspect of this region invites awe and inspires a deep sense of guardianship.

 

 

Our Commitment in Action

 

Sustainable Practices: From eco-friendly accommodations to activities designed with minimal impact, we’re committed to sustainable tourism. Businesses across Glacier Country adhere to environmentally responsible practices, ensuring that your visit contributes positively to the preservation of our natural heritage.

 

Educating Visitors: We believe in the power of informed visitors. Through visitor centres, guided tours, and community initiatives, we educate guests on the significance of the Tiaki Promise and how each individual can contribute to our conservation efforts.

 

Supporting Local: By encouraging visitors to support local businesses, we ensure that the benefits of tourism are felt throughout our communities, promoting a sustainable economic model that nurtures both people and place.

 

Respect for Culture: Central to the Tiaki Promise is respect for the cultural heritage of New Zealand. In Glacier Country, we celebrate the stories, traditions, and values of Māori culture, offering opportunities for visitors to engage with and learn from the indigenous guardians of these lands.

 

Conservation Initiatives: We actively participate in and support conservation initiatives. These include habitat restoration projects, wildlife protection programmes, and research efforts aimed at understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change on our unique ecosystems.

 

Join us in our Pledge

Visiting Glacier Country is about more than witnessing its natural wonders; it’s an invitation to become part of our commitment to the Tiaki Promise. During your time in Glacier Country and New Zealand we ask you to do so with respect for the environment and mindfulness of your impact.

 

Together, we can ensure that the captivating landscapes, rich biodiversity and cultural treasures of Glacier Country remain vibrant and accessible for many generations to come. Join us in making the Tiaki Promise a lived reality, every day.

 

Welcome to Glacier Country — where the spirit of preservation meets the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Respect for Culture: Central to the Tiaki Promise is respect for the cultural heritage of New Zealand. In Glacier Country, we celebrate the stories, traditions, and values of Māori culture, offering opportunities for visitors to engage with and learn from the indigenous guardians of these lands.

 

Conservation Initiatives: We actively participate in and support conservation initiatives. These include habitat restoration projects, wildlife protection programmes, and research efforts aimed at understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change on our unique ecosystems.