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Who are we?
Horizon Tours is a locally owned whānau (family) business launched in 2018. Owned and operated by James Karawana and Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana, Lyndon Perriman and Diane Ruwhiu.
Our commitment is to offer a values-based tourism experience. A portion of every tour purchased with us will go toward supporting a community conservation program.
We love living in Dunedin. It is our home! We are looking forward to sharing Dunedin’s unique history and landscape with you, sharing our love of this place through our eyes.

Meet your guides



Lyndon is a third generation Dunedinite, born and raised in Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula. From 1990 to 2017, Lyndon worked for the Department of Conservation as a ranger at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula managing the albatross breeding programme and also monitoring other significant seabird species.


As the longest serving ranger, on the peninsula, Lyndon can be viewed as one of the utmost experts on the Taiaroa Head wildlife and environment. Lyndon has also travelled off-shore to work on other seabird projects, such as albatross translocation projects in Japan and the Chatham islands, as well as marine mammal work on the coast of New Zealand, and the sub-Antarctic islands.



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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