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Awesome Adventures Hokianga

+64 9 405 8224

Take an adventure and step back in time!

Awesome Adventures Hokianga's experienced Māori Guides will take you back in time to 925AD, when Kupe, the great Polynesian explorer, landed right here in the Hokianga.

The historical significance of the area is unmatched by anywhere else in New Zealand, and is the only place that Kupe called home.

See and feel what life was like all those years ago. Your guide will share stories not typically found in history books – they have been passed down the generations.

We provide accommodation and a range of adventures, guided and self-guided, around the Hokianga to allow you to experience these rich, historical and cultural stories.

Take the kayaks, or go paddle boarding, hiking, cycling, kayak fishing, jetski fishing, rock fishing, jetski safaris, quadbike safaris, sandboarding on the dunes, seafood gathering and cooking classes, and more!

You choose what you want to do, but be warned, you can't fit it all in one day! Make sure you allow extra days to your stay.

We are passionate about telling the stories about our beautiful home. Awesome Adventures Hokianga has it all!

Ātea a Rangi/Star Compass

+64 21 168 7051

The Ātea a Rangi is a celestial star compass based on a traditional Pacific Island concept to  teach traditional navigation. The Ātea a Rangi Educational Trust (Ātea Trust) is a registered Charitable Trust. The Ātea Trust was established to run educational programmes, events and tours based on traditional Māori and environmental kaupapa. Our vision - to gather and pass on traditional  knowledge within Aotearoa and Te Moana nui a Kiwa. Contact us to learn more about the Ātea a Rangi from the team of navigators, waka sailors and carvers who designed, carved and completed the Atea a  Rangi/star compass site.

Tolaga Bay Inn

+64 6 862 6856

The Tolaga Bay Inn is your gateway to the East Coast and has been providing warm hospitality for over 130 years since 1881. As descendants of the coast we have a responsibility to restore and preserve our heritage for our next generations.  So we have created the Tolaga Bay Inn Charitable Trust to oversee the restoration of our historical Inn and help regenerate our community by fostering tourism and digital technology development.  We have an on-site café, bar, garden bar and upstairs accommodation for travellers. We are 10mins walk to the beach and have an information centre onsite to help with local advice and guidance.

Papatūānuku Earth Mother Tours

+64 22 128 5831

Experience an exclusive Māori cultural guided tour through an amazing native kauri forest, in the Bay of Islands. Learn how Māori traditionally used the trees, plants and birds of the forest to heal, protect, nourish, entertain and support their growing families. When you come with me, you will learn and gain knowlege of traditional trapping methods used to catch food; plants, trees and shrubs that were used to make clothing, medicines and other useful resources; and much more.

Kiko Guided Tours

+64 21 166 2759

Kiko personalised tours showcase special landscapes close to Auckland City. Connect with Māori culture, enjoy warm hospitality, learn about local histories, and take part in activities unique to the places you visit. Our tours offer diverse experiences of nature. Enjoy breath-taking views of native bush, magnificent kauri trees, wonderful wetlands and stunning waterfalls. Experience a rugged windswept West Coast surfing beach. Marvel gannet breeding colonies. Visit a colourful South Pacific garden home to more than 10,000 plants. Walk around an ancient volcanic mountain and discover archaeological features such as kumara pits, garden terraces and stone boundary walls. Kiko Guided Tours will introduce you to an authentic experience of te ao Māori (the Māori world) through tikanga (cultural ways), home-cooked kai (food), pūrākau (storytelling) and enriching kōrero (conversation). Our manuhiri (visitors) walk at their own pace on easy walking paths.

Auckland Virtual Tours

+64 21 146 9593

Auckland Virtual Tours first self guided tour has launched at Bastion Point – Takaparawhau. This virtual reality experience uses the latest technology to give life to the amazing culture, history and landscapes that this Auckland hotspot has to share, through your own smartphone. The app can be downloaded now from the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. Please note it is not currently available on all devices.

The Kauri Museum

+64 9 431 7417

The award winning Kauri Museum is famous for its hospitality and the legacy left behind by the ancient kauri trees which once covered northern New Zealand. The New Zealand Kauri  (Agathis australis) has cultural significance, to Māori and more recent settlers alike. Their prized timber and gum, formed the industries that shaped modern New Zealand. In addition to preserving our past, the Museum has a role to play in conserving their future, collaborating to “Save our Forests” by raising public awareness to control the spread of the Kauri Dieback disease and promote forest ecology.

Pure Taka

+64 21 901 469

At Pure Taka , we pride ourselves on providing a truly mesmerizing and unique experience involving a variety of trips and activities around New Zealand. Pure Taka has a team of passionate hunting and fishing professionals that can show you how to catch fish , shoot a trophy stag , go whitebaiting or even collect watercress for a hangi .We will give you the ultimate experience to live off the land and get down and dirty in the bush, or be treated like a rock star in a five star resort we can cater too all walks of life.

Chris Jolly Outdoors is introducing the first experience of its kind this summer on Lake Taupō! Taurikura Māori Cultural Experience aboard Cruise Cat is the creation of Atera and Henare Pitiroi, working together with the students of the local Te Kura Kaupapa. They have created an educational interactive cultural experience for guests to learn to work the poi, play traditional Māori games, sample Rewana bread and even get their own washable moko. As the boat cruises on Lake Taupō, guests will hear the songs and learn the history and stories of the Tūwharetoa people.

Napier Māori Tours

+64 21 077 0088

We are Hawke’s Bay’s Eco-Cultural tours. Fusing Hunter-Gathering and Contemporary Māori Cuisine and proud to be Qualmark Gold accredited. We provide an intimately unique and inspiring cultural experience, journeying through our ancestral mountains, lands, waters, and history. Our high end bespoke tours range from 3 hours to a full day journey. All our tour sites are ten minutes from the Napier City Centre. You will learn about our distinctive local Māori history while traversing through our 650-year-old village site, the largest and most outstanding fortified village in NZ, providing a spectacular 360 degree view. You will be excited in collecting the ‘catch’ for lunch. Our tours include the sharing in traditional Māori gathering practices, Māori musical instruments, and contemporary Māori culinary delights.

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