About Us

We’re an entrepreneurial lot (or maybe we’re just quackers!) After coming up with the idea for using Amphibious WW2 landing crafts to run Rotorua tours over christmas lunch one year, we went about putting our money where our mouth was and making it happen. 

Rotorua Duck Tours is the first, and still the only, company in New Zealand to provide the unique and exciting opportunity to explore a special part of New Zealand in an authentic amphibious WWII landing craft.

Meet our Staff

Family owned, family values

A real family affair, Rotorua Duck Tours is owned by brothers Peter and Trevor Weir and their families. The first tour kicked off in December 2003 and shortly after a second duck was purchased from Queenstown, NZ. A third duck has been purchased from Oregon, USA and should be operational in the future.

Fun, entertaining, a ‘little bit different’ – all reasons why Rotorua Duck Tours has gone on to become so well-known. Now rather famous throughout Rotorua and wider New Zealand – although Trev & Pete are a little too modest to admit it! – the tours are seen as a Rotorua ‘Must Do’ and thousands of visitors have enjoyed their unique offering.

Our Responsible Tourism Statement

It is at the core of our company philosophy to reduce our environmental footprint wherever possible and to foster partnerships within the community to ensure a sustainable future for all. We must partake in Responsible Tourism through education and actions to work towards a brighter future for everybody.


Kaitiakitanga is the connection between how we manage our land and how this management impacts the marine environment which, still to this very day, is an integral component to Maori life.

The Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840 gave the crown the right to govern and make laws under it’s first article but it was ensured that no matter what laws were enacted that all respect would be given to Kaitiakitanga and the preservation of Maori coastal areas.

At Rotorua Duck Tours we are very respectful to our local iwi and the land that they allow us to use. As a result we are very careful when it comes to the preservation of our lakes and waterways. We ensure this via a thorough check of weeds after we leave EVERY lake and ensuring we are not polluting our waterways to the absolute best of our ability. We also educate our guests by education them on the preservation of our waterways and we also provide a comprehensive ‘water quality tour’ which tells the in-depth story of where our lakes are at in terms of quality and what we are doing to improve that quality.

Quality Assurance

Our vehicles have been converted fully to comply with strict New Zealand Land Transport Association (LTSA) and the Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) safety regulations. The Duck complies to the same standards as a Passenger Service Vehicle and goes through Vehicle Testing six monthly. Our current PSL vehicle rating is 4.5.

Rotorua Duck Tours is also government by strict Maritime New Zealand standards. We are audited every two years by Maritime New Zealand, we also have an independent auditor assess us annually to ensure the best possible safety standards are being meet.

Rotorua Duck Tours also maintains the vehicles daily with a robust set of checks and maintenance that staff have to go through and signoff. Our drivers also undertake a rigorous training programme designed to prepare them for any situations that may arise on the duck. The training period is a 3-6 month training process and includes Maritime New Zealand approved training which is both in-house and external.

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