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Explore Auckland and its surroundings through the eyes of a Maori guide on this full-day tour that includes a cultural performance and picnic lunch. Take a walk through the ancient forest of Tiriwa, discovering native flora and fauna and their significance to the indigenous Maori worldview. You’ll visit west coast beaches and learn about a rich cultural heritage as you watch the Haka dance performed at the Auckland Museum. This small-group tour is limited to a maximum of ten participants for a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Explore Auckland's sites through the eyes of a Maori guide
  • See a live performance of a world-famous Haka War Dance
  • See the surrounding country-side, including Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa (the ancient forest of Tiriwa) in the famous Waitakere Ranges
  • Intimate small group tour includes a picnic lunch

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What You Can Expect

Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance

Auckland Maori Tour

Start your Maori-led tour of Auckland with pickup from your hotel. You’ll see Auckland — aka Tamaki Makaurau — from a Maori perspective as you’re immersed in New Zealand’s indigenous tikanga (culture) with your knowledgeable Maori guide. Your full-day sightseeing tour includes snacks, beverages and a picnic lunch.

Explore the city and its surroundings, including a forest walk through Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa, where your guide points out flora and fauna native to this region of the North Island. You’re driven along the rugged western coastline to stroll black sand beaches nestled below wind-chiseled cliffs. 

On a visit to Mt Victoria, learn about the Maori leaders that helped shape New Zealand (Aotearoa — translated as ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’). See the final resting place of Patuone, one of the chief negotiators and signatories of the Treaty of Waitangi, the British Crown’s founding document, signed in the the Bay of Islands in 1840.

Return to Auckland proper via scenic Tamaki Drive, a coastal road that skims Waitemata Harbour. You’ll finish at the Auckland Museum, where you’ll watch a Maori cultural performance that includes the Haka war dance. Your small-group tour ends with hotel drop-off. 

Customer Reviews

monika.lamprecht

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I would not like to miss it. Got lot of information within one very interesting day. Got lot of wonderfull impressions about sourrounding of Auckland.
THANK Kristi for patience, flexibility and for sharing knowledge about Maori culture as well as New Zealand as a country.
Thanks to Edi for his patience!!

Victoria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing, amazing, amazing!! Would definitely recommend this tour!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating!! 5 STARS!!

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide was excellent and we spent the entire day all around Auckland getting a great overview of the city and surrounding territory. The Cultural Performance was in the Memorial Hall which we had visited the previous day.

Chloe k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was the best tour ever, the tour guide was extremely lovely and nice. Very informative. I would strongly recommend it to whoever going to visit NewZealand. Honestly this is a must join tour !:)

1JaziDoc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Its one of the most personal tours I have EVER had....and I have been on hundreds! If you are visiting Auckland, do yourself a favor and sign up for this tour...ASAP!

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Absolutely amazing. Tour guide was very informed. Felt a true bond to New Zealand after doing this tour!

fletcher h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We had a great trip. Our guide was outstanding and so was her assistant. The guide drove well, got us to places on time, chatted about the most interesting aspects of things we were seeing and gave us persepctive on Maori life in New Zealand. Thanks very much .
We give you five stars.

Fletcher Hodges

Margaret H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

I could not of asked for a better tour with a Maori guide and she was excellent.

Kimberly W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

It was a wonderful day!

Delbert M

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Our Maori guide was extremely informative, although I felt like I got a little too much information about the Maori people. I really didn't want to get a PHD in Maori culture but rather an understanding of the people in relation to the history of NZ. Unfortunately as for myself, I couldn't get a word in edgewise or get a question answered during her dialogue. At the museum, which was great by the way, we stood in one area for 15 minutes while she explained more stuff instead of traveling around inside the museum and giving brief explanations of all the interesting stuff we were seeing. My husband and I were so disappointed that we were not able to see more of the museum and would have preferred to hear less of the culture there and see more of the exhibits. At the beginning of the tour, the guide did not even give the tourists time to introduce themselves before the lessons began. A simple balance of dialogue is suggested to the tour company Time Unlimited. Other than this aspect, the tour itself took us to some very beautiful areas and we had a wonderful lunch at Devonport. If you want to learn about the Maori people and their culture, then this is definitely the tour to take. They also gave us a very nice set of coasters at the end of the day which we appreciated. The Maori dance and song portion at the museum was very enjoyable. The stroll on the western beach at the end of the day was also nice.

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