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  • Writer's pictureJulie Wolbers

Tiaki Promise: Our Pledge to Preserve Glacier Country

Updated: Jun 27

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'll find a realm where the Earth's power and beauty converge — from the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, the ancient ice of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, to the 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.


Franz Josef Glacier


Tiaki Promise: Our Pledge to Preserve Glacier Country


In Glacier Country, our commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism is embodied in our dedication to the Tiaki Promise — a solemn pledge shared across New Zealand to protect and preserve our land, waters, and culture for future generations. "Tiaki" means to care for people and places. 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.


Our Commitment to Action

Okarito Plant Project Restorative Planting Site Fox Glacier


Sustainable Practices

 From eco-friendly accommodations to activities designed with minimal environmental 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 centers, 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.


Community Volunteer Project

Conservation Initiatives

We actively participate in and support conservation initiatives, including habitat restoration projects, wildlife protection programs, and research efforts aimed at understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change on our unique ecosystems.


Volunteer Planting Day Fox Glacier Okarito Plant Project

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.


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. Whether you're hiking through the lush rainforests or kayaking on the tranquil waters of Lake Mapourika 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.



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