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HORIZON TOURS - Winner of the Westpac Otago Māori Business Award 2020
Kia ora. Horizon Tours is a locally owned Māori whānau (family) business. Owned and operated by James Karawana and Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana and Lyndon Perriman and Diane Ruwhiu.
Launched in 2018, we set out with our commitment to offer 'top-notch'  small group tourism experiences and we love that this is reflected in customer feedback to Horizon Tours or on social media platforms like TripAdvisor.  
it is also so important to us that we are giving back to places we visit. Our tour fees help support a number of community conservation programs.
Join us on one of our tours, we look forward to sharing Dunedin’s and the lower South island's unique history, wildlife and landscape with you, sharing our love of this place as seen through our eyes.
Nau mai, haere mai - Welcome!
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Meet your guides

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i te taha o tōku matua

Ko Pukepoto te maunga

Ko Waengaehe te awa

Ko Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe te moana

Ko Te Arawa te Waka

Ko Ngāti Whakaue te iwi

i te taha o tōku whaea

Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Ngati Porou te iwi


James was raised in Wellington, by his grandparents and parents in a Māori urban community. Māoritanga (Māori culture and way of life) was a central part of his upbringing and is something that still resonates strongly today. James left a 30 year career in IT to begin Horizon Tours to further his passion for sharing Māori culture and history.


Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana

Ko Te Taraiorahiri te maunga

Ko Mangakahia te awa

Ko Parahaki te marae

Ko Nga Puhi te iwi

Kylie was raised in the South Island of New Zealand, and grew up wanting to see the world.  She managed that in 1998 when she left these shores for Japan, and taught English for three years.  It was while she was there that she developed her passion for New Zealand, and telling people about the icon that is our Māori culture.

On returning to New Zealand she took a role with Tourism New Zealand where she took that passion to the world, training travel agents and tourism operators how to sell New Zealand as a holiday destination.

Kylie has always loved the night-sky and would love the opportunity to bring our Southern Skies to life for you.

Hutia te rito o te harakeke,
kei hea te kōmako e kō?
Ki mai ki ahau, ‘He aha te mea nui o te Ao?’
Māku e kī atu,
‘He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.'
If you remove the central shoot of the flaxbush, where will the bellbird find rest?
If you were to ask me, ‘What is the most important thing in the world?’
I would reply, ‘It is people, it is people, it is people’.

The whakatauki (proverb) shared here reflects the importance of strong sustainable relationships between people and the natural environment. Harakeke (flax bush) in Māori tradition represents the collective strength of family, community and life.

Lyndon hosting Prince Charles

Lyndon hosting Prince Charles

Story telling is integral for Māori

Story telling is integral for Māori

The Lancewood with a story to tell

The Lancewood with a story to tell

Lyndon helping an injured Albatross

Lyndon helping an injured Albatross

The Mighty Ponga Tree

The Mighty Ponga Tree

About our name

‘Horizon Tours’

He rangi tā matawhāiti, he rangi tā matawhānui

The person with a narrow vision sees a narrow horizon,

the person with a wide vision sees a wide horizon

Our Logo

The Horizon Tours logo has the graduated colour scheme from green to blue to reflect the connection between the landscape and the sky.

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