Discover our New Zealand, that YOUR clients are wanting to explore. Our collection of Maori tours and experiences are located in the both the North Island and the South Island. Let your clients explore with one of our partners:
TAIAMAI TOURS HERITAGE JOURNEYS
In 2013 Taiamai Tours was recognised by National Geographic Traveller as being one of the top 50 best tours of a lifetime in the world. Taiamai Tours continues to travel along Waitangi river, as did our ancestors. What an experience, to paddle a maori canoe on our historic Waitangi River, to view the beautiful Haruru Falls with “Te Hoenga Waka" Our experienced local guides openly discuss our past, our present and give consideration towards our future. Departures are 0900 am every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday during the summer months. Our Ngapuhi History is as rich as our culture. Your ticket price allows a visit onto the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Our local Maori guides will share a memorable journey into the vast Waipoua Forest, providing a mythological insight of this spiritual home to two of New Zealand icons, Tane Mahuta and Te Matua o Ngahere. The guides will map out natures stages of evolution, and offer their own interpretation of life, within the forest. On the popular Twilight Tour, you cant help but notice when the forest becomes absolutely quiet at bed time, and the night animals wake up and start moving around the forest. Feel the energy of the children from the forest as they are viewed by starlight, and with brightness of the moon. Let us introduce to you, two of our many treasures that reside within the Waipoua Forest, one is aged 2,500 years, and another is 3000 years old. An informative tour that shares our spiritual culture, within the surrounds of our ancient forests.
TIME UNLIMITED TOURS
TIME (“To Integrate Maori Experiences”) Unlimited Tours is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tour operators and one of the country’s most-awarded tourism businesses offering New Zealand’s most extensive range of premium and luxury touring, from One-Day, One-Way, Multi-Day, and/or Multi Island options. “Our guides introduce our manuhiri (guests) on a wonderful journey through Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) showcasing our country, and their home. These premium small group and luxury private tours are escorted with highly knowledgable guides travelling with your guests in various top-end Mercedes vehicles. Choose a full day Auckland Maori Tour, Auckland Guided Wilderness Walk, Auckland to Waitomo and Hobbiton Private Tour, Auckland to Hokianga & Bay of Islands 3 Day Private Tour, with more options available.
Get to know Aucklands locals by enjoying a personal tour of the city and visiting Auckland’s iconic spots on either the daily morning or afternoon intimate group tour. The informative commentary reflects on some significant stories that includes local history of Aucklands Maori and Polynesian people. Let us introduce you to our Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) as we cross over Aucklands iconic Harbour Bridge and visit other icons; the Viaduct, Parnell Village, Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Bastion Point, Paratai Drive, Auckland Domain and Wintergarden. See twice as much in half the time. Meet the locals . Perfect for short visits to Auckland.
HE TANGATAthe maori experience
He Tangata shares the history of Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae (Formal meeting grounds), in Christchurch. Nga Hau e Wha is a the only official National Marae of New Zealand.
Your experience includes the traditional Pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) that leads visitors, onto our marae as friends. Gaze up at the carvings and weaved patterns, as these reflect a number of the many tribes of New Zealand, including Captain James Cook. We remember our tupuna (ancestors) as we gaze upon the walls and ceilings within our wharenui (main meeting house) and bring them to life with technology and lighting.
We share a selection of Maori traditional and contemporary dishes, including Hāngi (Maori food steam cooked in the earth) salads, condiments and our kiwi favourite desserts, Steamed Pudding and Apple crumble
At a surcharge we can offer our fresh Kaimoana (seafood) platter, that includes in-season delicacies such as Crayfish, Paua, Kina (sea urchin) Oysters, and Pipis.
During the Hākari (feast) our Maori warriors and wahine (ladies) will entertain you with a cultural performance, including poi dance and haka.
MITAI MAORI VILLAGE
An evening at Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. We transport you back to the village life of the early maori settlers. Witness our warriors as they arrive by war canoe on the Wai-o-whiro stream. Enjoy and be entertained by our maori cultural performances that include the Haka and the rhythmic Poi dances. Learn about our past, our carvings and ta moko (tattoo art) before enjoying an appetising hangi meal, that is steam cooked in underground ovens. After dinner we will take a short stroll to our sacred ponds, to view our glow worms, in their natural habitat. Daily return coach transfers from local Rotorua accommodation, with dinner included.
Combo Partners and products:
Beauty by Night - Rainbow Springs
Spirit Mountain - Adventure Playground
Wai Kai & Relax - Polynesian Spa