Wānaka Ambassador

“If you think the scenery and landscapes are amazing, wait ‘til you meet the people!”

Join us on Wānaka Ambassador to explore the stories of early history, amazing explorers, business pioneers and entrepreneurs who have shaped Wānaka from its days as ‘Oanaka’ and ‘Wananga’, through to present day. Immerse into the history and legends of Wānaka from early alpine maori through to the first settlers and high country run-holders, the amazing stories of pioneers in deer recovery, tourism, iconic businesses and the amazing entrepreneurs of events, sport, wine, arts, snow-sports and culture. Experience stories of the fascinating growth of Wānaka right up to present day. Be part of Wānaka’s success now and into the future by contributing to it’s legacy – become a Wānaka Ambassador.

You will explore tools to authentically engage with international visitors as well as all New Zealanders in a meaningful and memorable way, and gain a quiver of amazing stories of the region to connect with and share.

Earn your Black Diamond Ambassador badge and make a difference in contributing to a world class legacy.

Wānaka Ambassador is endorsed by Ignite Wānaka – Wānaka Chamber of Commerce, Lake Wānaka Tourism, Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Ambassador industry advocacy group.

Join in on scheduled dates or contact us for a bespoke Ambassador course for your team / business (minimum numbers apply). The programme is delivered by local facilitators and costs $30 + GST per person.

Course Outcomes


It’s the small things that create the best visitor experiences. The programme will build on customer experience skills to focus on creating genuine connections with visitors old and new.


Be proud of the Wānaka region and share this with visitors. It’s important to take ownership of the region by understanding and respecting the history and developing local area knowledge.


Learn the intricacies of different cultures. Build strong cultural knowledge of Wānaka’s key markets to authentically connect with visitors and leave a lasting impression.


Tourism is a rapidly growing industry; this programme inspires participants to grow their business by providing tools to ensure a positive and memorable customer experience.

Wānaka Ambassador

Timing & Cost:

Wānaka Ambassador runs on Friday mornings from 9am-12pm.

The cost is $30+GST per person. For groups of 25 and over, contact us for group booking rates.

To book your place:

To book use the BOOK NOW button, or call QRC on 03 409 0500 or email [email protected]

Places will be confirmed based on space available on the scheduled course date. If course is already booked up we will suggest an alternative date for you.

To request an ‘in-house’ Ambassador for your business please email [email protected]



Edgewater Resort
54 Sargood Drive