The use of Takapō

You may be wondering why we refer to our township as 'Takapō' and not Tekapo. It's a great question! 




Dark Sky Project is owned by founders Hide Ozawa and Graeme Murray, and Ngāi Tahu Tourism. Ngāi Tahu is the largest iwi by population in Te Waipounamu (the South Island).

NgāTahu Tourism is one of the largest tourism operators in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Our purpose is to make the connection to our customers, through our people, to our place and to Ngāi Tahu.

We take great pride in warmly welcoming manuhiri (visitors) to our experiences. Manaakitanga (hospitality) is one of the core values that drives the way we do business. As hosts, we care for our customers and our team as our own whānau (family).

Our tourism roots extend back to when our ancestors were the guides for many of the first European explorers. Tourism allows us to host manuhiri, reconnect with ngā awa (rivers), ngā maunga (mountains) and te moana (the sea), and provide lasting memories for our customer.

Takapō is the name Ngāi Tahu ancestors recorded for this region. We are on a mission to support the revitalisation of Māori place names which includes choosing to use the name.

The recently launched Ka Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu mapping website, shows thousands of Ngāi Tahu place names throughout Te Waipounamu (the South Island) - Takapō is just one of these names. Place names are tangible reminders of our history and values. They represent a significant symbol of the Ngāi Tahu historical association and relationship with our landscape. They are primarily associated with people, historical events, geographical features, and natural flora and fauna.

At Dark Sky Project we're extremely proud of our region, and to use the name Takapō - we invite you to join us. 

Useful links:
Ngāi Tahu Tourism
Ngāi Tahu
Ka Huru Manu