Maori Culture in Great Lake Taupo

Ko Tongariro te Maunga
Tongariro is the Mountain

Ko Taupo te Moana
Taupo is the Lake

Ko Tuwharetoa te Iwi
Tuwharetoa is the Tribe

Ko Te Heuheu te Tangata
Te Heuheu is the people

This is an acknowledgement of the Tuwharetoa people, their land, Iwi and the Paramount Chief – Sir Tumu Te Heuheu.

Maori people are well known for their manaakitanga (hospitality) as it is an important part of their everyday life. Discover the traditions and storytelling of Ngati Tuwharetoa, the local iwi (tribe).

Experience a variety of authentic and intimate eco cultural tours that will capture your heart, ranging from fishing, hunting, guided wilderness walks, kapa haka (traditional song and dance), hangi (traditional food cooked in the ground) and rongoa (traditional Maori medicine).

You can also visit some of the many Maori Pa sites (early Maori settlements) around the region that bear the marks of a history generations before.

Embark on your own special voyage into the world of Maori with stories of love, war, hardship, loss and rebirth. Let your senses be ignited by what you see, hear, touch and taste, weaving together the past with the present. 

The people of Ngati Tuwharetoa welcome you, your friends and your whanau (family) to the region. Nau mai haere mai ki te manawa o te ika – Welcome to the heart of the fish.

  • The Haka Shop

    We're mobile so we can come to you for that special event or gathering. We offer a Maori Culture Experience you wont forget, we entice your senses & stir your soul. Come hear stories about Lake Taupo, our mountains, lakes, rivers & tribal people.

    • Price $25 - $70
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Arts, Culture and Heritage Maori Culture
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley

    Guided tours and self guided walks through spectacular thermal activity and volcanic craters in the world's youngest geothermal system. Half and full day sightseeing tours from Rotorua, lake cruise with full commentary and nature walks & hikes.

    • Price Child under 6 Free; Child (7 - 16yrs) $12-$24; Adult $37-$79.50
    • Activity Family Family Maori Culture Volcanic/Geothermal Walking & Hiking
  • Kayak Wai Maori

    Lake & Stream Self Guided Kayaking: Kayak down the clear spring-fed Tokaanu Stream out into Southern Lake Taupo. Return via Tokaanu canal and alongside boiling mud and steaming hot pools for a 4 hour adventure. Also 1-1.5 hr stream kayak available.

    • Price $35 - $49
    • Location Tokaanu
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Maori Culture Turangi Water Activities Turangi Family Activities
  • Backyard Tours

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing - NZ's Best World known One Day Hike! Travel includes Maori cultural experience, photography, walking poles, complimentary cold drink at the end, local knowledge and stories. Depart Turangi Best Deal in TOWN!

    Special Offer

    Valid between:
    1 September 2016 - 31 July 2017

    • Price $30 - $180
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Transport, Shuttle & Tours Whakapapa Transport & Shuttle Maori Culture
  • The Kai Waho Experience

    The Maori phrase Kai Waho can be translated as outdoor cuisine. It can also describe a master, or teacher, of the ways of the wilderness.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Guided Walks Activities & Teambuilding Catering Services Unique Dinner & Event Venues Maori Culture
  • Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa

    Silcia terraces, thermal bathing pools, massage therapy, Maori cultural experiences, geothermal tours.

    • Price $18 - $105
    • Location Wairakei
    • Activity Girl's Weekend Hot Pools Maori Culture Spa Treatments Volcanic/Geothermal
  • Rainforest Experiences New Zealand

    The rainforests of the world are natures pinnacle of achievement, matched only by their importance as the richest storehouses of plant and animal communities on Earth.

    • Location Surrounding Area
    • Activity Guided Walks Maori Culture Walking & Hiking
  • Native Xperience

    Welcome to Native Xperience on the shores of Lake Taupo. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as our packages are hands on and are limited to small groups from a guided fishing tour, a fun packed day of Maori Arts & Crafts or our Mahi Kai package.

    • Price $199 - $700
    • Location Waitahanui
    • Activity Arts, Culture and Heritage Fishing Guides Maori Culture
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