Maori Cultural Experience

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Digging for shellfish Ripiro Beach

© Gareth Eyres

You have not truly visited Northland until you have had experienced some of our genuine cultural experiences – you will be touched by the generosity of spirit from your Maori/Ngapuhi Hosts, so take some extra time to get to know us a little better!

Te Pito Whenua at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Te Pito Whenua at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Northland Maori are fiercely proud of their Ngapuhi heritage. In this region, the experiences and opportunities to learn of the history, culture and people are truly authentic. The Northland region boasts the largest population of Maori and most of Northlands tourism experiences allow visitors to engage to some level with Ngapuhi culture.

Northland early European history is also hugely significant to the evolution of NZ and Northland culture as we know it today. Scattered about the region, evidence still exists of the early settlements of Nova Scotians in Waipu, Croations and Dalmations who came to dig the gum fields and fell giant Kauri trees in the Far North and West Coast, as well as the early Christian Missionaries. Proof of their holy pilgrimage to Northland can still be seen – our landscape is dotted with characteristic white and red churches, and classic historic buildings from the 1800’s.

Waipu Museum
Waipu Museum

Northland often referred to as The Birthplace of a Nation, is home to The Waitangi Treaty Grounds – it is here that the treaty of Waitangi – our nations bicultural founding document was signed in 1840. Today this place of enormous reverence receives NZ and international visitors daily, who spend time learning more of this place, the events that have taken place there and Maori Culture.

Other cultural offerings include Tours by Waka (Maori Canoe), Maori Guides on vessels, hosting by Maori families for lunch, guided tours into the bush, giant sandunes, 90 Mile Beach and glow worm caves, as well as cultural performances, guided fishing trips, traditional jewellery and basket making, and storytelling.

Proposed 5 day Self Drive Itinerary

Day One

Day Two / Day Three

Take your pick of half day or full day activities:

Half day

The Stone Store, Kerikeri
The Stone Store, Kerikeri

Full Day

Day Four

Day Five

Lord of the Forest - Tane Mahuta
Lord of the Forest - Tane Mahuta

Day Six

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