Kia Ora

Māori tourism offers you a unique insight into our world that has been shaped by our ancestors, our culture, our traditions, and our environment.

At the heart of it all is manaaki manuhiri - care and respect for all people, from all places. We share with you our stories, our people, our place.

You may arrive as a stranger, but you will leave Aotearoa New Zealand as members of our whānau (family).

Nā reira, nau mai, haere mai!


Rich in history, Tairāwhiti Gisborne played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand's origins. It’s where the Māori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and Māori culture is evident in every settlement you see. There are carved meeting houses, beautifully painted Māori churches, and conversations in Te Reo (Māori Language). North of Wairoa and deep in the misty Te Urewera Ranges, descendants of the ‘Children of the Mist’, the ancient Tuhoe tribe, still live in harmony with the forest around the village of Ruatahuna. Te Urewera is the largest untouched native forest area remaining in the North Island. Find out more at

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