MĀNAWAREAL INSIGHT INTO MĀORI LIFE
Groups 15-50 POA
This is no ordinary tour and right from the start you’ll appreciate your guides deep connection to Kaikōura; as they’re from the local sub-tribe Ngāti Kurī.
Firstly, travel to Ngā Niho Pā; although no longer inhabited it was once a refuge. You’ll spend an hour or so learning about this protected site and customs of the area.
As you progress to other sites intergenerational legends are shared, bringing the stunning landscape alive. You’ll see the recent workings of Rūaumoko, God of Earthquakes and join in activities including weaving with harakeke, the native flax.
After a short stop for light refreshments with family, travel to a remote stand of forest to discover medicinal properties of plants and trees and how the forest was a food source. The tracks are flat, and the walking pace is leisurely; as you listen, touch and smell your way through these remarkable surroundings, where trees have stood for more than five hundred years.
As your time concludes, you’ll realize you have acquired rare insight into Māori people and their view of the natural world and spiritual values. This tour may well be one of the most rewarding and insightful things you do in New Zealand.
NB: Depending on weather and road conditions on the day, actual sites visited may vary.