Rakiura Maori Lands Trust and Real Journeys are looking for new tourism opportunities, following  a partnership agreement to help grow world class visitor experiences on Rakiura - Stewart Island.

The Rakiura Maori Lands Trust and it beneficiaries have a long history in the area and are the largest private land owner on New Zealand's third largest island. Real Journeys has over 60 years' tourism experience and operates ferries to the island, Stewart Island Lodge and various tours.

The agreement will see the organisation work together to develop joint commercial opportunities on a profit sharing basis.

Dick Ryan, RMLT Chair, says that the respective strengths and values of both parties work very well together and should result in some exciting new visitor experiences. " we have spent the last few months working on our long term strategy and we are now at the stage where we are actively looking for the right opportunities" says Dick. Kiwi-spotting on The Neck, land owned by RMLT, is one option that is being considered.

Richard Lauder, Real Journeys Chief Executive, says the company is delighted to partner with the Rakiura Maori Lands Trust. " We regard the natural beauty of Stewart Island as an area of growth for tourism and are keen to find more reasons for people to visit and stay longer. This is something that will benefit the whole of Stewart Island".

The agreement is the result of many years' discussion and is expected to be a long-term relationship.

For further information please contact:

Richard Manning 021382590 rtm@rmlt.co.nz or Tsehai Tiffin 021 523 899  ttiffin@realjourneys.co.nz