Our story begins here

We started Tasman as a family-owned business in 1953, and we’ve earned our expertise through the consistent and meticulous care we put into every stage of the production journey.

From the banks of the Whanganui River

Whanganui translates to “big bay” in Te Reo Māori, the Māori language. Our tannery sits on the banks of the Whanganui river which flows out into the Tasman Sea. This river is special - in 2017 it was the world’s second natural resource to be given its own legal identity. The character and presence of this mighty river defines our small city as a vibrant, creative and innovative community and fosters our appreciation and respect for nature.

As one of the worlds only end-to-end leather processor, we have the unique ability to control every variable in our processes. Our leathers are predominantly used in the footwear, upholstery and aviation sectors - trusted by global brands such as Rockport, Steel Blue, Blundstone, DeWalt, and many others. Our flexibility is such that we can meet the needs of boutique designers as well as large-scale manufacturers. Our ability to deliver is built on a tradition of craftsmanship, rigorous quality control, innovation and a spirit of partnership with our clients.

Unique in the world


We’re driven to keep refining our products. For inspiration, we look to the environment, we listen to our clients and seek ways to work in harmony with all. We closely follow fashion trends, market opportunities and industry breakthroughs. Our clients see the results in our remarkable leathers.


Behind our passion for quality is a pursuit of excellence that’s in our very nature. We take immense pride in our craftmanship, our ability to create leather to precise specifications on any scale, and our large catalogue of quality leathers. Our clients value our honesty, reliability, flexibility and responsiveness.

An invigorated approach

Our customers trust us to consistently deliver a high-quality leather product, be they boutique designers or large-scale manufacturers. Tasman’s commitment to innovation is backed by our rigorous quality assurance standards; exploring new techniques and directions that we know will excite end-users and give our clients a point of difference.

Over our 60 years experience, we have paired passion with innovation; craftmanship with technology. Now, we produce a broad range of leathers, at the highest quality standards, all confirmed by the most rigorous testing.

An enduring legacy

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