New Zealand tourism industry information and resources

Organisations you should know about

There are several key players that make up the New Zealand tourism industry. Here are a few organisations you should know about that can provide support.

  • TIA represents all sectors of New Zealand’s tourism industry and advocates for issues that impact the industry.
  • Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) markets New Zealand to the world as a tourist destination.
  • Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) is the industry association for tourism export. It works to connect tourism businesses with inbound tour operators (IBOs).
  • WellingtonNZ is the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) for the Wellington Region. There are 31 RTOs in New Zealand, responsible for marketing their region and supporting their local tourism businesses.
  • We work with Destination Wairarapa the RTO for the Wairarapa region.
  • Your local council can provide specific context-relevant support for your area.
  • Your local Chamber of Commerce may have a range of advisory services and support for new businesses.
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Tourism New Zealand opportunities

TNZ supports the tourism industry in several ways.

  • Promote your business and get referrals from their consumer website, newzealand.com. Listing is free and pre-pandemic more than 40 million people visited the site each year.
  • Get a Qualmark accreditation. Qualmark is New Zealand’s official mark of quality, and once certified, you will have more opportunities to work with TNZ.
  • Keep your newzealand.com listing up-to-date. They can give Qualmark operators the opportunity to be included in TNZ’s marketing campaigns.
  • TNZ carries out market research across target visitor markets to better understand their thinking and behaviours.
  • Share the Tiaki Promise, a commitment to care for New Zealand while travelling. It has guiding principles for visitors to follow to contribute to preserving and protecting our people and place.
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Industry insights and data

Use these tools to get the data and insights you need to succeed:

Starting a tourism business in New Zealand

When starting a tourism business in New Zealand, you need to know the relevant regulations and legislation you must comply with.

We suggest you speak with a professional to establish what may apply to your business, but here are a few that may be relevant.

  • When you start a business, you become a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Check WorkSafe to find out what this means for you.
  • If your product has any aspect of adventure, check WorkSafe to see if your product is considered an adventure activity and whether you need to follow specific regulations.
  • If you are operating a passenger service, check with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to find out what licences you need.
  • If you plan to take visitors to public conservation land or interact with wildlife, you may need a Department of Conservation (DOC) permit.