Inspirational and informative stories from our adventures experiencing Māori tourism in New Zealand. Contact details and where the experiences are located are included in each blog.
Rugby, still a culture worth celebrating
Guest blog by Manaaki Rugby Tours
Visiting American Indian Almost Reduced To Tears By His Welcome
New Zealand has beautiful landscapes but what almost reduced American Indian Ben Sherman to tears was his interaction with Māori people.
AirBnB Experiences An Opportunity for Māori?
When AirBnB announced that they were bringing their Experiences product to New Zealand, our interest was piqued.
A First Timer's Quad Bike Adventure
Christmas time is usually quite busy for most of us, but Rich and Tabitha McKenzie decided to make it even more so, when they took over Kāpiti Fourx4 Adventures a week before Christmas 2015.
Manaakitanga with Sakamoto San
Manaakitanga. It's a word you'll often heard said in New Zealand. There are many ways to define what it is, but my favourite meaning is that it's taking care of people they way you'd take care of your family (and sometimes, even better!)
Te Ao Māori in Taupō
Taupō has been a town that I have driven through many a time, but never actually stopped to spend much time in.
After this weekend, all I can say to that is more fool me.
Porangahau – A Great Escape
Earlier this year, a chance meeting in a Wellington café led to a trip up to Porangahau to discuss tourism opportunities in the area. Eight months later we were invited back to attend the launch of ‘Destination Porangahau’.
A day with a Waimarama Māori Elder
Growing up in Hawke’s Bay, I’ve been privileged to have spent many summer holidays at Waimarama Beach – memories of body surfing the waves, walking along the beach to see how far we could get (I still haven’t quite done the whole length – it’s long!), ice cream cones dripping down my hands faster
Queenstown – More Than Adrenaline
There’s an infamous saying that I’m going to edit slightly for this blog – when you get tired of looking at the view on the flight into Queenstown, you’re tired of life.
A Trip Up The Forgotten Highway
The drive from Wellington to Taranaki is a beautiful one. The moment you spot the maunga in the distance, you can’t take your eyes off it as it ducks in and out in the distance. The day we arrived was a stunning one – clear blue skies and visbility for miles.
Kiwi and Kaka on Kapiti Island
There’s only one situation where you don’t mind your alarm going off while it’s still dark outside – and that’s when you’ve got the promise of a day on Kapiti Island ahead of you!
Tea and Trout on the Ngaruroro
Pulling into Puketitiri Lodge, the home of One Cast Fly Fishing Adventures, after a five hour drive from Wellington to a warm, welcoming hug from our host and guide Marlene was exactly what was needed. That, and walking in to the kitchen to smell the delicious aroma of dinner bubbling away!
24 Hours in Porangahau
A Malaysian, a Korean and an Indonesian meet two New Zealanders at 4pm on a Monday in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, but was in fact a Guiness World Record holding location.