Rotorua Duck Tours is the first, and still the only, company in New Zealand to provide the unique and exciting opportunity to discover a special part of New Zealand in an authentic amphibious WWII landing craft.
Family owned, family values
The business is a family affair owned by brothers Peter and Trevor Weir and their families. The idea of the ‘Duck’ was thought of during a family Christmas get together, but unlike other good (and bad) ideas discussed while on holiday the family team decided to actually make it happen! After sourcing and purchasing an authentic WWII landing craft, Rotorua Duck Tours was born.
Operations begun 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.
The growth of Rotorua Duck Tours has been a true testament to the success of their fun and informative Rotorua sightseeing tours. Now well-known throughout Rotorua and wider New Zealand, they’re seen as a Rotorua ‘Must Do’ and have enabled thousands of people to enjoy the region.
Meet our team
Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to have some awesome people join the Rotorua Duck Tours team. Click here to meet us!
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.
Rotorua Duck Tours is proud to be recognised by Qualmark – New Zealand’s official quality assurance system. Rotorua Duck Tours is a Qualmark “Visitor Endorsed Activity” and has also achieved the Qualmark “Enviro Bronze” standard for their efforts in sustainable business practices. To earn these prestigious quality marks Rotorua Duck Tours underwent a comprehensive on-site assessment to ensure it met quality criteria focused on service, facilities and safety systems the business has in place.
Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter
Rotorua Duck Tours takes great pride in being a member of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter, set up to provide guardianship over the resources of Rotorua.
Tourism Industry Association New Zealand
Rotorua Duck Tours is a member of The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand which is the voice of The New Zealand Tourism Industry.