Kia ora koutou! Our hearts and deep aroha (love) surround all the whānau (family) of everyone who has passed, or who is still recovering after the horrific Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Mosque tragedy. Kia Kaha koutou! (Be strong). As-Salāmu Alaykum, Kia tau te rangamārie, Peace Be Upon You.
Whether you are a manuhiri (visitor) from another country, a new New Zealander, or a real Kiwi, there is such a rich, indigenous culture here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Koru Enterprises has chosen three of its most popular Māori tours, that can be easily booked through our Fareharbor reservation booking software inside our website Koru Enterprises.
|TAHI (ONE) – EXPERIENCE ŌTAUTAHI|
|Experience Ōtautahi (Christchurch)’s brand new Māori cultural tour, proudly situated at New Zealand’s first national marae, “Ngā Hau e Whā”. “He Tāngata Cultural Tours” offers a range of Māori culture tours, from shorter one hour tours to this amazing three hour experience, incorporating modern technology to its natural history and culture through an electrifying light show, high-energy Kapa Haka (traditional Māori dance), plus a delicious kaimoana (seafood) feast! To make this an overall stress free tour, there’s a pick up and drop off available outside Christchurch Museum or Spitfire Shopping Centre at Christchurch airport at an extra cost. You can book online here .|
RUA (TWO) – FOREST BATHING
Have you ever heard of “forest-bathing”? This trendy new tourism key word is actually based on an ancient concept which indigenous cultures around the world have been practising for thousands of years! “Forest-bathing” is to be taken inside a rain-forest where you can be totally ONE with nature, to breathe deeply and be close to the spirit of the forest. In Koru Enterprises “Te Urewera Overnight Trek” tour, you will spend the night in a private bush camp setting, in the heart of the Ureweras.
A comfortable whare (accommodation) awaits you, equipped with proper beds and fresh linen are provided. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a traditional mihi whakatau (Māori welcome) and refreshments, including a BBQ dinner, accompanied with New Zealand wine & craft beer, followed by stories of the area, the Māori culture & the Tūhoe people. The next day, after a cooked or continental breakfast, your guide will collect you for the day trek of your choice either the Arohaki Lagoon or Whirinaki Loop, both walks require an average level of fitness. This unique Koru Enterprises package includes a traditional welcome, guided day trek, accommodation in a bush whare (glamping), dinner, light refreshments, plus a delicious homemade lunch for the following day trek. This romantic tour is perfect as a summer getaway to celebrate your wedding anniversary or just to have a peaceful and regenerative holiday! You can book online here .
TORU (THREE) – WAIMĀRAMA MĀORI TOUR
Experience real New Zealand Māori culture with a unique tour inside “A day in the life of a Māori elder”. Kaumātua are the elders in Māori society, and are respected for their knowledge of tribal history and traditions. They are the keepers of the accumulated history of Māori people. Their guidance is often sought on all manner of topics in daily life as well as ceremonial matters on Māori tradition. Waimārama Māori Tour guides are elders from a small coastal community of Waimārama in stunning Hawke’s Bay, where they all still live today. This very special tour gives visitors unfettered access to the world of Māori rarely seen by outsiders. The friendly guides are knowledgeable and articulate and interesting story tellers. With humour and grace they will share their personal insights with you. On the way to Waimārama, you will visit Ātea a Rangi (Celestial Compass) and learn how the ancestors journeyed from one side of the earth to the other using ancient navigational tools. Once in Waimārama, take a walk with your guides on the ancestral sacred lands of Hakikino where their people loved, fought and died over 700 years ago. You will also visit the native plant nursery where today the family strive to restore, conserve and protect remnant bush areas and return the voice to the forest. Understand the unique challenges of combining all of this in a contemporary and viable land based business, and pop into the local marae reservation and visit a family ancestral home built over one hundred years ago where you will share a meal together. The elders have an interesting and varied life and they enjoy meeting people and sharing their special stories. The tour is informal and relaxed and provides the visitor with an insider’s perspective on being Māori as they relate historical and contemporary New Zealand Māori culture from a unique and personal point of view. This 6 hour tour also includes a delicious Māori kai (lunch). Pick up/drop off from Napier i-site is provided at an additional cost. To book this bucket list tour, click here .
THE TIAKI PROMISE
Have you heard about the #tiakipromise hashtag? At the end of 2018, a group of prominent New Zealand companies and agencies, including, Maori Tourism, Pure NZand Air New Zealand,created a shared kaupapa (set of values and principles), by designing the Tiaki Promise.
Here’s an excerpt from their website: “New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home. Nau Mai, Haere Mai ki Aotearoa, Welcome to New Zealand.”