Dianne Sharma-Winter who has spent the past twenty years taking bespoke tours extensively throughout India has created this special Aotearoa, New Zealand tour package as she has now returned home to her own land, in the magical Bay of Plenty.
He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pa he taura waka e motu Unlike a canoe rope, a human bond cannot be severed
This is not a tour but a travel plan, the idea is to begin our travel in Auckland and finish in Wellington. Our itinerary is relatively flexible and will be set in part by the weather and the day and the mood of the group. The group size is limited to 6 beautiful people who want a meaningful experience of Aotearoa NZ. I want to give you the kind of experience I give my friends when they come over to visit me. There is time for you to relax and engage with nature. We stay in iconic Kiwi baches (holiday homes), our meals are cooked by local Māori women or myself. We cater for vegan and vegetarian sensibilities.
Day 1. Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland): The land of a thousand lovers. Dawn is when all new ventures are blessed and welcomed in Te Ao Marama (the world of light and understanding) so it will be a formal welcome for you at dawn on the sacred grounds of Takaparawhau (Bastion Point). After breakfast at the marae, we cruise to Waiheke Island in the beautiful Waitemata Harbour for a full day exploring. Expect White Sand Beaches, Stunning Landscapes, Guided Native Bush Walk, Traditional Māori Musical Instruments, Local Cafe Culture, Local Vineyard, Weaving Demonstration, Indigenous Māori Perspective. Stay in Auckland overnight.
Day 2: Auckland to Waitomo Caves (204km) to Rotorua (138k)
Its a bit of a travel day to reach the Bay of Plenty we will take a slight detour for a bit of bling with glow worms, lunch and other stops along the way.
He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure
Day 3: Rotorua Spend the day with a Māori tohunga (healer or expert in their field) as you explore Rotorua from a unique Māori perspective. Dinner on the deck of our Lakefront house before star gazing.
Day 4: Whakatane (100km) Whakatane is the first home of the people of the Mataatua waka, home also to the active volcano Whakaari. Tonight we take a look at the stories of arrival of the Māori in Aotearoa and what happened since.
Day 5: Take a heli-hike (optional) to Whakaari (also known as White Island) or a leisurely boat trip (optional). There is also options of picnics in secluded beaches and a hike over the hills.
Day 6 Ohiwa Harbour Are you ready to hang up your towel and laze on the beach? Our iconic Kiwi Bach awaits us in a secluded harbour front location. Perhaps you will join in a moonlight kayak in the Ohiwa harbour, a resource and a treasure shared by three tribes descended from the Mataatua waka.
Day 7: Ohiwa Harbour Depending on the tide, we could stop for a bit of food foraging (gathering kai moana or sea food). Cycling the Motu Trails before a barbeque with a few local musicians in the evening.
Day 8: Ohiwa Harbour Explore the connection between art and activism, health and wellness and visit a unique art gallery and eco building. Maybe tonight we can cook a shared meal at out holiday hideaway.
Day 9 :Ohiwa to Rotorua (drive) to Wellington by flight. Time to get your city slicks on because we are heading to the coolest little capital city! Free afternoon and evening to explore.
Day 10 pōneke (Wellington) Te Matatini is the biggest event in Te Ao Māori. A cultural festival held every two years, Te Matatini is a celebration of our culture, our people, songs and dance held one spectacular week. You will have free time to wander the many markets and stalls selling Māori art and kai (food), to hang out and show off your language skills and to share in the general feeling of aroha (goodwill). Tour ends here.
Accommodation and Auckland airport pick up prior to tour is an extra cost.
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