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.

Kiwi Holiday Club - like Chriscos but for holidays

With the country closed to international tourists and the call for Kiwis to get out and about to experience the beauty of Aotearoa and its people, the old adage of don’t leave home until you’ve seen the county is ringing out loud and clear.

Waka brings together all walks of life

Māori tourism operators Lee-Ann and Todd Jago run waka tours off the golden sandy beaches of Kaiteriteri. The couple reflect back on their past season, and what lays ahead.


Tuia 250 in Mahia

Last month saw the final destination for the three waka hourua as they arrived in Mahia with an official welcome from local iwi Rongomaiwahine.

Tourism and education - the recipe for Northland's Kupe Waka Centre

Northland’s new Kupe Waka Centre is pulling together tourism, education and business smarts to ensure it is a year-round sustainable and resilient business.

The Kupe Waka Centre, located in Aurere in the southern end of Doubtless Bay, is set to open for tourism in early 2021.

No stone unturned for Manea Footprints of Kupe opening 2020

The site is prepped, building is well underway, and connections are being forged in time for the opening of Opononi’s new Manea Footprints of Kupe.

The multi-million-dollar visitor attraction, located on 5 acres in the Hokianga, is set to open its doors to tourists late October.

Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal tours a leading light for tourism and community

Seven years ago, Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours was but a dream for Nadine and Karl Toetoe.

Rangatiratanga recognition reminds whanau-run business to keep doing what they're doing

A whānau-run Māori tourism business is finishing the year on a high after being recognised for rangatiratanga in two separate awards in 2019.

Lightning strikes Stay Native

Three months ago, Stay Native’s Te Ara Armstrong packed his bags, said goodbye to his wife and business partner Chanelle Armstrong, kissed their six tamariki goodbye, and went on a venture from the sunny white sands of Northland to the crispy southern air of Ōtautahi.

Leave the 'tangas', take the tangata

“Don’t look to take the 'tangas', take the tangata”, was one of the key messages that came out of a panel discussion at TIA’s Summit in Wellington on Tuesday.

Tūwharetoa invests in region

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board announced its partnership with premier outdoor experience operator Chris Jolly Outdoors, in a move it says further bolsters its strong commercial and tourism presence on Lake Taupō.

Dragons' Den more than an event

NZ Māori Tourism hosted the second ever Māori tourism Dragons' Den in Ōtautahi in August, 2019. We reflect back on the wonderful event that saw $70,000 invested into the Māori tourism sector. By Amy Hodgkinson.

All you need to know about NZBN

Having your primary business data available through the NZBN register means you won’t have to keep repeating your business details every time you deal with a new business, writes NZBN staff.


Opening doors to Moriori culture and hospo


A refurbished lodge on the remote Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) is providing its manuhiri with insights into Moriori culture and hospitality.

All in Good Time - how to transform a mimi-stop into a tourism hub

Starting a small Māori tourism business in a place that is only seen as a mimi (pee) stop on the way through to the Bay of Islands is no easy feat.  We are breaking new ground in an industry that is unheard of in Whangarei, Tu Tika Tours Rangimarie Harding reflects.

The Greening of Superyachts

In these challenging times when our Pacific Islands face the very real threat of climate change, there is still reason to be optimistic in the yachting community, Managing Director of New Zealand Luxury Experiences John Panoho writes.


Halal hangi on the tourism horizon?

Shoot your game the halal way and cook it in a hangi?

It’s a vision proposed by MAZE Chief Executive Andre Taylor, who is keen for Māori business operators to take a slice of booming Halal tourism market.

World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018

NZ Māori Tourism hosted the World Indigenous Tourism Summit in Waitangi, Northland in April 2018, in association with WINTA.

Journalists discover Northland

Guest post by Koro Carman, Footprints Waipoua

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.

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