Maori Cultural Tourism in New Zealand
Explore best guide to go on Maori region tour in New Zealand knowing about indigenous people, have a fascinating warrior culture and a well-preserved way of life.
Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, and their story is both long and intriguing. This wharenui, or ancestral home, is also located in Rotorua. It’s decorated with carvings depicting Maori history. Visitors are greeted with the traditional powhiri ceremony, which includes the powerful haka, the Maori war dance. Waitangi, at the northern tip of the North Island, is the birthplace of New Zealand. Here a treaty was signed between the British and the Maori, and it is an important heritage site. It’s complete with exhibits and displays, including one of the world’s largest carved canoes.
Many Maori cultural centers offer hangi, a traditional feast of lamb and sweet potatoes. The meals are roasted in underground ovens. A celebratory dance with poi is typically part of the program.Experience the stories, culture, food,and passion of the Maori people at this authentic encounter. Owned and operated by a Maori family, Waka Taiamai offers an excellent opportunity to see the traditions of this ancient people.
Contemporary Maori culture has been shaped by the traditions of its rich cultural heritage, with an outward view of the challenges faced by indigenous peoples in a global society. Defining aspects of Maori culture include art, legend, tattoo (moko), performances (notably kapa haka), customs, hospitality and community. Since the early 1980s Maori culture has undergone a renaissance. The regeneration of interest in Maori culture has extended to language, and Maori language programs (such as kohanga reo) are now flourishing.
Maori art and performance is deeply associated with New Zealand’s landscape and environment. Maori art draws heavily on Polynesian carving and weaving techniques. Weaving and carving are used to visually convey important myths, legends and history. Maori art forms such as these are therefore akin to the written word in European culture – a form of visual literature.Whilst many international visitors will be familiar with the Maori haka, performed prior to each All Blacks game, there are many other forms of Maori performance. Grouped together under the term ‘kapa haka’, performance arts such as poi dances, waiata a ringa (action songs) and waiata tawhito (traditional Maori chant) are used to tell stories, convey history, celebrate, protest and entertain.
Major Cities: A number of cities, such as Auckland and Wellington, are developing strategies to become tourism destinations in their own right. Positioning Māori tourism at the heart of these strategies will provide a basis for creating and marketing Māori tourism products and services that also support the strategies.
Maori Tours to experience Auckland with a local Maori, who will guide you around this fantastic city and region. Get lots of information about Auckland’s interesting history, places and people throughout Auckland Maori Tour. You’ll also see the Auckland region’s very best sights, so bring your camera!
Be amazed by spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, dramatic views from the top of several volcanoes, explore untamed coastline, black as well as golden sand beaches, subtropical rainforest with the famous Kauri trees, plus unique indigenous flora and fauna. On these Auckland Maori Tours you will see why Auckland is known as one of the most beautiful cities and regions in the world! These tours show you the very best Auckland has to offer and it combines the sights of the Auckland Half Day Tour and a West Coast Tour into one amazing full day experience, plus as an added bonus you have the opportunity to learn a lot from your indigenous Maori guide about the local Maori culture.
Events: Incorporating a distinctive Māori component into key national events, will add a unique depth of experience for the visitor while creating opportunities to promote Māori tourism. As the strategy unfolds, existing Māori events such as Matariki (the Māori New Year) could be promoted to increase visitation in shoulder seasons and create a platform for developing further Māori events.
Regions: The majority of Māori tourism operators are located outside of the main cities. Promoting and enhancing the quality and number of regional Māori ventures provides the opportunity to increase tourism in the regions while also growing the Māori and wider economy in the area.
Conservation land: Māori culture and the values that underpin the management of the conservation estate have many things in common. There is an opportunity to express Māori culture through, high-quality, high-yield tourism products based around the connection of the tangata whenua to the land.
5 Day Itinerary
- Depart Auckland on the Twin Coast Discovery Touring Route
- Explore the Scottish township of Waipu
- Drive to Bay of IsIands
- Travel through the fascinating Kawiti Glow Worm Caves
- Tour the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Stay: Paihia / Russell / Kerikeri
Day Two / Day Three
Take your pick of half day or full day activities:
- Explore historic townships of Russell – rich in NZ early heritage and loaded with charm – join in a traditional bible making demonstration or visit the historic Flagstaff.
- Visit Kerikeri – enter the Kerikeri Mission Station including NZ’s oldest stone store and seat of early Maori/Missionary relations.Join a workshop and carve a traditional Maori flute.
- Walk through Kaiwiti Caves with your local guide
- Watch a daytime Cultural Show at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Spend time with a Maori family for the day including formal welcome lunch and local activities.
- Take a full day tour to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach and visit the very top of NZ where it is said the spirits depart and two seas meet.
- Join a walking tour and encounter native NZ bush through indigenous eyes for the day
- Travel to the top of NZ
- Take in a tour to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach with your Maori Guide
- Travel up the Aupouri Peninsula to sand dune surf, tread silica sands or go kayaking and fishing
- Plant a native tree in memory of a departed loved one at Cape Reinga
- Visit the site of old Kauri gum diggings
- Visit the place of Kupe’s arrival – The Hokianga Harbour
- Take a car ferry across this historic harbour and visit the twin towns of Opononi and Omapere
- Tour the monstrous sandunes at the harbour mouth, or have fun sand dune surfing
- Enter the forest by day, or with a guide by night to see the magnificent Kauri trees – especially Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest – claimed NZ’s largest living.
- Kauri Tree) and Te Matua Ngaere (God of the Forest – claimed NZ’s oldest living Kauri Tree, 2-3000 yrs old)