“Ko koutou kua whai i a Pania, kua haere mai no ngā tai ki uta ki te whenua ā Karitoki Nau mai, piki mai, kake mai.”
“So to you who have arrived here from over the seas, to you who have been lured like Pania from the sea tides to the lands of Karitoki,
Welcome, welcome and again a warm welcome.”
Napier was originally known as Te Whanganui a Orotū . Napier is now a vibrant New Zealand town, located in Hawke’s Bay, on the eastern coast of the North Island. Koru Enterprises has been busy curating our new “Napier Cultural Walking Tours”, highlighting the rich and fascinating Māori history and architecture within Napier’s CBD.
The tour starts outside iconic “Pania of the Reef” statue, and from there, we walk down to the Waiapu Cathedral, which houses the magnificent Māori Chapel (Aotearoa Chapel).
You will discover intricate cross-stitch tukutuku panels, elaborate carvings, and a beautiful example of modern architecture.
From here, we walk around the corner and view two historic buildings which have spectacular Māori kōwhaiwhai patterns. The mangopare (hammer-head shark) design is the traditional Māori symbol depicting
a sign of strength and courage, tenacity of life, unrelenting determination, vigour and wealth.
Enjoy listening to our knowledgeable guides as we walk towards the Soundshell, looking out beyond the sparkling ocean to Te Kauwae-ā-Māui (Cape Kidnappers). In Māori mythology, this represents the tip of the fish hook that Māui used to pull up the North Island (Te Ika-ā-Māui).
We finish the tour guiding you through a very special Karakia (prayer)….
Our walking tours are available Wednesday/Friday/Saturday at 10am. Private or group bookings also available on request.
These tours are mobility scooter, wheelchair, and pushchair friendly.
Book your spot online here: https://koruenterprises.net/product/napier-cultural-walking-tours/
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