KAIKŌURA CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTSDiscover Kaikōura through Māori Eyes
Groups 15-50 POA
Ever wonder how Kaikōura got its name or why it’s pronounced differently throughout New Zealand. What about the haka, it’s fierceness and the reason for the protruding tongue? These are just a few of the things your guide will share during this glimpse into Māori culture and the stories of the area.
After boarding the mini-coach head to ‘The Lookout’ to learn about the ancestor Rakihouia, his journey and food stores. Whilst moving from site to site you’ll see beautiful carvings and as you listen you’ll see them come to life through legends of old, teaching lessons for today.
You’ll see seals and seabirds in their natural habitat and visit a Rāhui to learn about traditional conservation practices as well as the efforts the Māori community are involved in, to preserve the bounties for future generations.
At South Bay learn about Mauī who pulled the North Island from the sea whilst fishing and discover why Kaikōura is so important in this famous legend; as well as see for yourself the new beach created by Rūamoko, God of Earthquakes.
All to soon your time will end; yet you will appreciate an everlasting connection to one of Māori peoples most important places….
NB: Depending on weather and road conditions on the day, actual sites visited may vary.