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Waimarama Maori Tours

Havelock North, New Zealand
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About Waimarama Maori Tours
Discover the real New Zealand on one of our award-winning private tours or our exclusive Cruise Ship Tour. We offer Māori cultural tours where we share our culture, provide an opportunity to get to know our people and explore the history of our ancestors. We created the 62 hectare Hakikino Conservation Reserve on the family farm to protect and share the historical birthplace of our tribe. Our tours are an intimate, intellectual and spiritual way to discover the ways of Māori . We offer unfettered access to the world of Māori rarely seen by outsiders and help visitors gain insights about us as Māori people both past and present. All you'll need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Find out why our tours are one of the most memorable experiences you'll have in New Zealand.
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Overview
The preservation of this culturally important and archaeologically significant site, Hakikino is a fascinating mix of old world wisdom and new world innovations. Embracing all that is available today, we have established a native plant nursery and created the Hakikino Conservation Reserve.

Let one of our family members share with you these sacred sites: the bush lore, the folk lore, the culture and the language: all of which continue to shape the hopes and aspirations of the people today.

This tour provides you with an insider’s perspective on being Maori and relates historical and contemporary Maori culture from a unique and personal point of view in our home village of Waimarama. It’s a friendly and relaxed encounter.
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KaG wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
We choose this tour as a substitute for another Maori experience we could not attend. Fortune smiled - it was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Authentic, warm, spiritual, and educational, we were drawn in to the enveloping lifestyle and balance of this beautiful culture. It was a privilege to meet this wonderful family who shared openly and inclusively. The best part is that it was impossible to leave without taking the aura along. It is with us still - hopefully, forever.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Brett H wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions4 helpful votes
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A great day was had by all at the arch of the ancestors Maori experience. If you like an intimate family oriented look into the beginnings of the Maori culture, this tour is for you. With the friendly Ike as our main guide we experienced many facets of Maori culture from music to the popular traditional dancing by one of the most energetic and precise young performers I have witnessed so far. His beautiful family , especially his gorgeous 6 mth old daughter added the family atmosphere we enjoyed. The whole area is gradually being restored to its original native state through the efforts of the land owners with the help of the Maori community. My wife and I thoroughly recommend this experience to everyone traveling through this wonderful historic area.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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GibsonsNZ wrote a review Jan 2020
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Highly recommend! We had a great afternoon, very personal tour and learnt so much. Kids enjoyed it too.
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Response from Waimarama M, General Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thanks for your review Nicki! It was an absolute pleasure sharing our conservation site and our shared history with your family. We wish you and your whānau all the best with your own native plantings!
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Pat P wrote a review Jan 2020
Greensboro, North Carolina6 contributions4 helpful votes
We visited the Waimarama Maori as part of a Tauck Tour of the North and South islands. This was one of the most moving and enjoyable experiences. The humor expressed by Ike and his family was so much fun, even when they were explaining some very sad times.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Waimarama M, General Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Kia Ora Pat, thank you for such a kind review! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your time with our family. It was truly our pleasure. If you're ever visiting the area again, we hope you will get in touch!
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DiannW wrote a review Jan 2020
Portland, Oregon4 contributions8 helpful votes
The Arch of the Ancestors was the highlight of our New Zealand cruise experience. The Maori people were so welcoming and made us feel like we were with family, not the tourists that we were. My husband was chosen to be our group's 'champion' and we experienced Maori custom for greeting visitors first hand. Yes, there were the songs, dances and famous Haka demonstrations, but what was really meaningful to us was the chance to ask questions and get to know the hearts of these lovely people. I especially loved the custom of saying goodbye by pressing noses and sharing the 'breath of life' with our Maori hosts. We both had tears in our eyes when we left and will never forget our time with these warm, generous and deeply spiritual people.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Waimarama M, General Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Thank you Diann for such a heart warming review! It is truly rewarding to read about your experience with our family and we are so thrilled that you and your husband felt welcome. As mentioned in our farewell, you are a part of us now, you are our family and we look forward to your return.
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