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Part of what makes New Zealand so unique is its indigenous Māori culture. Māori history, legends, language and traditions are central to New Zealand’s identity.
Māori people came to New Zealand 800 years ago, naming it Aotearoa, which translates to Land of the Long White Cloud. The Māori people are traditionally deeply connected to the natural world and aspects of Māori culture are integrated into daily life in New Zealand.
We can organise for you to get a deeper insight by organising visits to Māori villages where you’ll be entertained by song, the world-famous haka, and be treated to a traditional Māori hangi meal. You may also choose to experience an overnight stay at a marae (tribal meeting grounds), where you will learn about the Māori concept of maanakitanga – hospitality and respectful care for others.
Although the country is comparatively young, it is rich in Māori legend and you’ll encounter many tales of the Māori people as you travel through the inspiring landscape. Our tour guides will share important aspects of Māori history, culture and protocol on your tour. They will also give you information about the sacred spots in each region you visit and the significance they hold to the Māori culture.
There are many ways where you can get a hands-on and authentic cultural experience: carve your own pounamu (greenstone) pendant, learn to paddle a Māori canoe or learn to weave flax.