Sacred stone installed at Dart River Jet Safaris
A sacred mauri pounamu has been installed at Dart River Jet Safaris’ Glenorchy Visitor Centre redevelopment. The mauri pounamu, a large piece of greenstone, was blessed by Ngāi Tahu tribal elders
at a special ceremony. It embodies a living, spiritual energy that is shared with all those who touch it and is a powerful symbol of the tribe’s relationship to the land.
Ngāi Tahu Tourism chief executive John Thorburn says the central placement of the mauri pounamu and invitation to visitors to touch the stone is all part of the welcoming experience to the centre.
Interpretative panels and images tell the story of Te Koroka as a source of precious pounamu, Ngai Tahu traditional links with the area and the overall beauty of the landscape.