Nau mai, haere mai ki
Te Pātaka ō Ngā Tūpuna
During this captivating journey, you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of experiences carefully crafted to enrich your understanding of Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of our ancestors, their arrival to this region, and their continued flourishing. Discover the significance of important Māori customs and protocols, and learn the art of introducing yourself with your own mihi (Māori introduction). Dive into the world of rongoā (natural Māori medicine) as you create your own kawakawa or tātarāmoa tea, renowned for its relaxing properties and digestive cleansing abilities.
As we journey deeper into the forest, marvel at the diverse species of flora and fauna that call this habitat home, and understand their profound importance to both the ecosystem and Māori way of living. Take in exclusive breath-taking views over the Rangitāiki plains and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, connecting you to the natural wonders that surround us.
Indulge in a truly unique dining experience, sharing a delicious kai (meal) with us in a beautiful natural setting, where the flavors of traditional Māori cuisine come to life. Ground yourself amidst papatūanuku (Mother Earth) on sacred land as you participate in karakia (prayer) to Tāne Mahuta, the revered god of the forest. Find serenity and renewal as you meditate among the native flora and fauna, embracing the tranquility of this extraordinary environment.
Engage in our conservation efforts and leave a lasting impact. Check or set a predator control trap, playing an active role in preserving the delicate balance of the forest. Plant a native tree, knowing that its growth will be a testament to your commitment to the land and its future. Learn about the special plant and animal species we passionately protect, and discover why they are integral to the habitat's vitality.
Gain insight into our Kiwi recovery programme, unveiling the tireless work being done to ensure the survival of these iconic birds. Learn how you can continue to contribute and support these efforts long after your visit, becoming a guardian for Aotearoa's national treasure, the kiwi.
Join us on this transformative eco-tour experience, where culture, nature, and conservation intertwine. Book now and embark on a journey that will leave you with a profound connection to the land, a deeper understanding of Māori customs, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Tour time - 4 hours.
Depending on weather conditions and time of the year some parts of the experience may be limited.