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Tu Tika Tours - A unique cultural experience with a local Maori family provided by Tu Tika Tours

Tu Tika Tours - A unique cultural experience with a local Maori family

Tu Tika Tours - A unique cultural experience with a local Maori family
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    8
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Looking for a genuine connection with a local Maori family? We welcome you to step off the tourist trail and come join us for a personal and meaningful life-time experience. Embrace the warmth of true Maori culture through our family. You will immediately feel welcomed and at ease with your hosts as you experience our culture, land, nature, amazing stories and food on this unforgettable experience. Sure to create friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 74644P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Snacks
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Tarewa Park 92 Otaika Road, Raumanga, Whangārei 0110, New Zealand Entrance to the Whangarei i-site visitor centre
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Snacks
Departure details
  • Tarewa Park 92 Otaika Road, Raumanga, Whangārei 0110, New Zealand Entrance to the Whangarei i-site visitor centre
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Mar 2021
A note from Tu Tika Tours - A unique cultural experience with a local Maori family
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Tarewa Park
    Tarewa Park 92 Otaika Road, Raumanga, Whangārei 0110, New Zealand
    Entrance to the Whangarei i-site visitor centre
    See address & details
  • 1
    Whangarei i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Whangarei Falls
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    AH Reed Kauri Park
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Mount Parihaka War Memorial
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

5.0
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HelenOberg
Brisbane, Australia25 contributions
We came to Whangarei just to have this experience and we were not disappointed. Mervyn and Rangimarie welcomed us into their home to share their food and their deep connections to their Maori Culture. From Mervyn’s traditional welcome to their family farewell this was an unforgettable day. I don’t want to give away too many “spoilers”. I recommend this tour so you can experience this gem for yourself. Definitely a 10 out of 10 for Tu Tika Tours.
Written 10 February 2020
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Kia ora whanau! Thank you so much for travelling to Whangarei especially to spend time with us. Words cannot express how much we appreciate the time and effort you have made to be with us. Thank you so much for your awesome review, always in our hearts.
Written 14 February 2020
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Nerea Y
Gold Coast, Australia7 contributions
Jul 2018
We loved the Tu Tika tour, Mervin and Rengimarie are truly exceptional, you will learn a lot about the Maori culture and traditions. It's a way of visiting Whangarei knowing what every place means to them and what everything represents. They make you feel part of their family and take you back in time to when their ancestors first arrived there. We truly loved it and we'll remember this experience for time to come.
Written 20 July 2018
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Kia ora, thank you so much really pleased you enjoyed our time together.
Written 22 July 2018
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Nerea Y
Gold Coast, Australia7 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We loved the Tu Tiki tour, Mervin and Rengimarie are truly exceptional, you will learn a lot about the Maori culture and traditions. It's a way of visiting Whangarei knowing what every place means to them and what everything represents. They make you feel part of their family and take you back in time to when their ancestors first arrived there. We truly loved it and we'll remember this experience for time to come.
Written 20 July 2018
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Kia ora😉
Written 22 July 2018
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Claire_bis
23 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
I spend a beautiful morning with Rangimarie, Mervyn and two of their daughters.
This tour is great to have a insight of maori culture in only 5 hours (mythology, believes, history, food...) I learn so many things and it gave me a better understanding of maori culture and the Whangarei area.

If you're looking to live a unique tailored made maori experience, Tu Tika tour is perfect for you. It's great to be able to spend time with passionated people who love to share their culture with travelers (+ great ukulele music ;D

Thank you for your manaakitanga :)
Written 19 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Such a blessing to meet you our putiputi ataahua - beautiful flower and thank you for sharing your day with us.
Written 20 March 2018
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Jesse
Calgary, Canada8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
My family of five absolutely loved this tour. It was fun for my husband and I and our three kids (aged 5,4, and 1). Merv and Rangimarie are very knowledgable about the history and culture of the Maori people as they clearly embrace their heritage. At the same time, they made it really fun to learn about the Maori language and traditions for the kids including cultural songs, dances and chants. The tour was a really fun way to spend part of the day. If I were to do it again, I would probably choose the full day experience as well. I’m glad we did this tour early in our trip in New Zealand because now I feel that I have more insight into the culture which will benefit as for the rest of the trip. Highly recommend!!!!
Written 7 December 2019
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Rangimarie H
We were blessed to meet your whanau and share our home and culture with you. So pleased you enjoyed our time together and thank you for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it.
Written 7 December 2019
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Pitty604
Queensland, Australia202 contributions
Oct 2019
We were treated to the Tu Tika Tours Cultural Tour with Mervyn and Rangiamarie. Having visited NZ quite a few times over the years we can simply say this is probably one of, if not the best cultural tour we have been on. Our hosts were simply brilliant and not only did we laugh and enjoy ourselves a little bit silly, we also learnt heaps and a new song to take home. I could not recommend this tour enough. We saw beautiful country side and heard in an extremely relevant and respectful way so much of the local and rich history of the Maori people. Will certainly be looking to book another tour with them on our next visit.
Written 30 November 2019
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Rangimarie H
So glad you both enjoyed our time together and thank you very much for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it. Look forward to connecting with you in the future.
Written 7 December 2019
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Uli
Berlin, Germany2 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Definitely a great experience! Murhyn and Rangimarie have been welcoming us very warm and friendly. The "encounter" was very private and personal. We had a really grat day including a close contact to the family and kids. They take their Maori heritage seriuos, in a very open, friendly but informative atmosphere. Singing the AEIOU-Song is so much fun! Thumbs up!
Hiu-wei-a-hey :-)
Written 22 May 2019
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Thank you so much, glad you had a great day.....Hi Aue Hi!
Written 22 May 2019
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Ragan
Danville, United States3 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
The moment we met this engaging couple, it felt like we were being greeted by family. From the welcoming ceremony to the explanations of Maori culture, we felt more and more connected to New Zealand and it’s native culture. For the rest of our weeks here in NZ we found connections to our time with them. It truly enhanced our whole vacation. We would highly recommend taking this tour, even if there’s only time for the short version. To our Maori whanau, Kia Ora!
Written 1 April 2019
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Such a pleasure to meet y'all and thank you very much your feedback. Nga mihi Rangimarie and Mervyn
Written 25 April 2019
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EllenSeeS
Emmeloord, The Netherlands1 contribution
Dec 2018 • Couples
First of all if you want a great experience while learning about Maori culture: GO ON THIS TOUR!

We got a very warm welcome from Mervyn, Rangimarie and the rest of their family in their home. They provided us with great insights in Maori culture as it was in the old days as well as in present day New Zealand. They showed us around their town providing us with a lot of historical information and showing us they have a lot of love and respect for the land and it's inhabitans. Afterwards we had a lovely meal sharing stories and we even learned a song!
Overall we were really glad that we saved learning about Maori culture for this last part of our honeymoon because we felt like we got to see the real deal (not some touristy mimick).
Written 22 March 2019
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Thank you for your feedback, we really appreciate it:)
Written 26 March 2019
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SanDiegoLovesSnow
San Diego, CA131 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was our 3rd visit to NZ in 4 years. On the advice of our B&B hosts in Ngunguru (Melva and Hilton), we signed up for a day with Tu Tika Tours. We had a truly wonderful, fun, tasty, and informative experience.

On our first NZ trip , we'd attended one of the big Maori cultural shows/hangi dinners in Rotorua, and while that was fun and a good experience, this was far more personal and meaningful. Mervyn and Rangimarie don't book too many visitors at once (we were the only two that day!) so you really have a chance to chat. Part of the tour is at their lovely home (they have a very nice veggie garden, by the way - I'm envious of their rain in NZ!). The children were at home and it was great fun having them be part of our visit. We also visited several sites which are not only beautiful but of great historical and present-day significance to the Maoris. Tu Tika Tours allows you not only to learn more about Maori culture, but also to share experiences of other cultures around the world.

Mervyn is truly a master storyteller - he tells the Maori origin story (or one version of it, as he says) in a way that I'll remember for a long time! Rangimarie's warmth and her care for her guests made us comfortable and relaxed, even while learning to weave flax flowers, and singing a song in Maori and English. Alas, my husband and I had more enthusiasm than musical skill, I fear!)

The hangi meal was wonderful - we admired the modern gas-fired version of a roasting pit! We also enjoyed the delicious bread and kina (sea urchin), which I'd never tried before but found delicious.

I won't repeat all the details of our visit, since other reviewers have covered a lot of what I could say, but If you're looking for an authentic experience and a chance to learn more about Maori culture from a delightful family, you really should schedule a day with Tu Tika Tours and become part of their whanau.
Written 17 November 2018
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We're so pleased to have met you both and thank you for taking Melva and Hiltons advice. Very humbled by your comments xo
Written 20 November 2018
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Axelcarey
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Best tour in New Zealand!
Whether you have one day or weeks in Whangarei, this is the single best day tour available. It is like nothing else
HeleneVoglreiter
HeleneVoglreiter
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Awesome authentic Maori experience
Mervyn and Rangimarie were incredibly nice and gave us deep insight into the Maori culture and their local history
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An amazing cultural experience! Do not miss this!
We have travelled all around New Zealand a few times, but this tour was literally the highlight of our combined tri
AnaruPP
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Parihaka History Tour
Absolutely fantastic insights into the history of Parihaka maunga and the surrounding area. 60 plus kids were capti
ijoymama
ijoymama
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Incredibly moving powhiri and kapa haka!
Thank you Tu Tika Tours for offering such a moving powhiri and kapa haka in celebration of the grand opening of Kow
f16addict
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Do this first
As one reviewer already said, this should be the first item on your list to do in New Zealand. You will learn abou
Sandra B
Sandra B
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Cultural experience
Fantastic authentic Maori cultural experience at Te Perenga Paraoa Marae. Real whanau welcome Launch of Whangarei
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Amazing insight in Maori cultur
Do it! Go there! We sit back now as we are now a part of an amazing Maori family. Rangimarie picked us up. We had a
Ke H
Ke H
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Do it!
Such an amazing Tour! Rangimarie and Mervin shared their history, traditions and the wonderful places at Whangarei
Ozwald90
Ozwald90
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Dont miss this if you are in Whangarei
A fantastic day with the Hardings and a great introduction to Maori culture. If you travelling through Northland th
Arnolds K
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Arnold, Latvia
I traveled through NZ with my mom for 6 days and visited many places and enjoyed bouty of nature but most exiting t
Deborah A
Deborah A
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Don't miss this!
This was a great introduction to Maori culture and history. Mervyn and Rangimarie greated us as new friends and we
Robert m
Robert m
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5 hrs Tu Tika tour
Extraordinary tour of Maori history and culture throught the best story teller I have met. Great hospitality which
jlightstone
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Personal, warm, fascinating introduction to Maori culture in Whangarei
So much better than the canned (tinned?) typical "cultural" show, this in personal and you get a real oral history
Julie A
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Amazing
It was amazing to discover the Maori culture because of you, thank's you for this moment that we won't forget. I re
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