Accessible Tourism Northland

Giving everybody a ‘fair go’ is one of the core values of the New Zealand society.  It reflects a long standing ambition for a society that promotes the equal enjoyment of human rights. 

Disabled people and thier families seek a society in which they can all feel that they have that ‘fair go’, an inclusive and non-disabling society, which is good for all New Zealanders. (New Zealand Disability Strategy)

Disabled whanau enjoying surfing have a go day at Ruakaka
Disabled whanau enjoying surfing have a go day at Ruakaka

Tiaho Trust is seeking to develop Northland into the premier disability friendly tourism destination in the southern hemisphere.  Generally speaking, this is a tourism initiative to develop Northland into an accessible tourist site. 

The concept involves adapting accommodation outlets, food and beverage outlets, activity providers, shopping outlets, professional service providers, transport providers and religious agencies into accessible domains.  This in turn will attract disabled tourist (and their families) from around the globe to New Zealand which will in turn provide a more inclusive society for all New Zealanders with disability. 

Dove’s Tail Tourism. 

It is a boutique organisation that works alongside tourism operators to offer a hassle free, seamless and enjoyable experience for a range of travellers with specific needs.

Dove’s Tail tourism has a unique focus on people who need that little bit of extra care and attention when on holiday. We strive to make people’s travel experience both memorable and comfortable.

We provide access to hotels, restaurants and tour services that have received Dove’s Tail training and have been assessed to ensure they can successfully cater to a wide range of needs – including wheel chair access and people with specific medical requirements.

Why don’t you check out the special offer we have with the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands by visiting

Great fun for all volunteers as well as participants!
Great fun for all volunteers as well as participants!