Arahura Greenstone Tours
Arahura Greenstone Tours
4.5
Cultural ToursNature & Wildlife Tours
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Arahura Greenstone Tours is a special Maori cultural experience. Your guides share legends on guided walks on the sacred Arahura River near Hokitika. We will help you find coveted treasure, POUNAMU (Greenstone), an internationally recognized symbol of New Zealand culture. Greenstone Tour options 2 hour tour 4 hour tour
Hokitika, New Zealand

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Avi
Sydney, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a wonderful experience spending the afternoon with Tangi learning more about Maori culture, the history and beliefs of the Arahura River iwi (tribe) and of course, immersing ourselves in the pounamu (greenstone) collecting, carving and process.

One reviewer below mentioned that time stopped when they were here and I can 100% relate to that/ we felt the same!

Tangi was patient; genuine, considerate, welcoming and very proud of his family and iwi’s heritage- it was an honour and a privilege to be invited into his world for awhile:

Logistics wise- I recommend emailing Tangi at the address listed on their website, he can call you to arrange a day and time to meet, sort out price based on how many adults/kids and away you go. We met him in the parking lot of the Regent Park old bridge next to the Arahura river a few km’s out of town and were met with a traditional greeting and explanation of what and why this is done. Our car did not suit the roads so we hopped in his car with him and his dog and parked by the river where we spent the afternoon: Definitely see the Marae (Maori meeting place) up the hill as well:

Cannot say enough good things about him and this experience. Also no drama bringing our stones back to Australia. Thanks Tangi!
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Written 18 January 2024
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Courtney B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had an amazing experience with Tangi and Tui this morning. It was wonderful to learn more about the Maori culture and specifically the Kati Waewae tribe. Their passion came through in the stories they told and it was so great to be able to ask them all of our questions and learn more about their culture, the importance of pounamu and the significance of the Aruhara River.
It was a definite highlight of our trip and we are so glad we were able to do this.
Written 15 November 2023
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Katherine B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An experience we’ll never forget. Spending a few hours with Tangi was truly an amazing journey. The knowledge and heartfelt passion he has for his country and culture was not lost on my partner and I. Being able to know the history of the greenstone and what it means to the people was a must for us and being able to take home a handmade necklace from a piece we had found ourselves meant everything. Would highly recommend, I would love to come back and do this again with my kids.
Written 7 September 2023
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Robbie McKenna
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
It was an experience that my partner and I will remember forever. We had a wonderful time getting to know Tangi and hearing his stories and those passed down to him. You can tell Tangi is very passionate about the area and the stories of pounamu, and we were very grateful to be invited to a space that is a part of his and the local iwi's home and private space. We came away from this experience with a story and a physical representation of it to pass on to our friends or family and their/our descendants.
Written 9 August 2023
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Carina
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
What an incredible experience! Thank you Tangi for sharing your knowledge with our group. We had a wonderful walk along your special river, and enjoyed the chance to find our own pounamu and turning it into a wonderful keepsake. Your insightful stories were a great addition to a fantasic afternoon.
Written 11 April 2023
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Auberjanine
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
What an AMAZINNNNG experience. These few hours with Tangi were so memorable. We enjoyed learning so much from Tangi and sharing stories. This felt relaxed, authentic, engaging, fun and sincere. Our priority in booking the tour was to have an authentic experience, whilst learning what we could about greenstone. Tangi offers a real gift by inviting us to his land and sharing his customs and knowledge.
We felt the tour was priced well, especially considering it's a private tour, as different group energy would affect the experience. Thank you Tangi!
Written 21 February 2023
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hal0we
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
We had a magical afternoon with Tangi! The tour was authentic and down to earth - definitely not a corporate flashy tour which made it more heartfelt & sincere. Our teenagers loved it and rate it as highly as the parents! The stories behind the pounamu was insightful and a huge part of the experience. A tour we will treasure!
Written 21 January 2023
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matzekern
napier24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
An excellent down to earth experience with a relaxed local. No polish, but very heartfelt. After spending the midday with him we felt super relaxed and happy we found this gem of an experience. Definitely a highlight of our trip!
Written 17 January 2023
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Bree D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Our family loved our Arahura Greenstone Tour with Tangi. What an amazing experience to taught by such a serene and knowledgeable man as Tangi. A gentle soul who shared the stories with grace and humour. We love finding our greenstones in the Arahura river and then being shown how to make them into a necklace each. It was a total delight, no showy touristy rubbish, just an authentic experience of sharing history and wisdom.
Written 5 January 2023
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Ruru-Clarke
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
The BEST tour ever! It was a spiritual awakening and I have sooo much appreciation and gratitude to Tangi for sharing his knowledge, whenua and pounamu with us. This is definitely a must do when visiting Hokitika. It was my first visit and definitely won't be my last. Arohanui
Written 14 December 2022
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