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.
NZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge. Explore a hidden waterfall (jump optional, weather permitting) & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.
23 September 2016 - 31 March 2017
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.
Our performances will touch your senses and stir your soul. Experience the spirit of our Maori culture here in Taupo. Storytelling, enticing (emotional) songs; powerful, vibrant haka about our tribal lands, mountains, lakes, rivers & people.
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.
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!
1 September 2016 - 31 July 2017
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.
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.
Silcia terraces, thermal bathing pools, massage therapy, Maori cultural experiences, geothermal tours.
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.