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The Seventh Generation

Akaroa, New Zealand
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About The Seventh Generation
Unique, one of a kind tours and personalized private guiding with a Seventh Generation local, storyteller, ecologist and historian. Gain a unique perspective that only an expert local guide can give. Marie is a wonderful guide with outstanding knowledge in a wide range of topics including the local Maori and European history, nature conservation and natural history, geology and the unique local flora and fauna. Marie's reviews say it all, if you want to connect to the real people and stories of New Zealand with a relaxed and fun individual then look no further. Marie is able to weave together the historic stories and the natural environment in ways that create clear images that allows you a deeper sense of connection to this beautiful place that is Akaroa. You will gain an understanding not only of some of the most remarkable historic stories but how these events have shaped New Zealand. And how local characters such as Marie are working toward world leading nature conservation.
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Jim S wrote a review Dec 2021
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We joined Marie’s tour after a chance meeting with her at the Benmore Dam lookout earlier this year. And what a tour. We had a warm welcome outside of the old post office on the main drag. Here she outlined where she would be taking us and the focus for the tour. Then off we set travelling beyond the wharf along the coast road to learn about some of the Maori history of the area and it’s significance in the overall NZ context. We then moved on to European history in Akaroa in which her family history played a significant part. Some yummy scones for morning tea in the reserve overlooking the town provide the transition from the history to the nature aspect of the tour. Background on native plant restoration on the peninsula was then followed with a trip over the hill to learn the story of Hugh Wilson’s efforts over decades to start and expand the Hinewai Reserve. Beautiful native bush supplanting the bare land and gorse to give a ‘summit to sea’ reserve. It adjoins farmland that has been in Marie’s family for generations. What sets this tour apart is the detail of information and Marie’s passion for the area. She interweaves her own family story and philosophy into the tour and the business name is intertwined into this. Thanks Marie
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Kiwi2NZ wrote a review Dec 2021
Blenheim, New Zealand44 contributions50 helpful votes
A very special experience with a “living treasure”,this is an excursion that should not be missed. Who better to recount the local history and stories but a 7th generation local. Respectful of the Māori narrative, Marie weaves human endeavour, geological activity and recent ecological initiatives into a feast of information that held us enthralled for the afternoon. We are planning a return trip to Akaroa, and hope she will have a Part 2 itinerary for us then.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from TheSeventhG, Owner at The Seventh Generation
Responded 12 Dec 2021
Thank you for your great review! It’s wonderful that you enjoyed the afternoon and certainly I would love to put together another itinerary for you, there is so much to see around Akaroa and Banks Peninsula! With kind regards, Marie
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Josie wrote a review Oct 2021
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We took our two kids with us on this tour with Marie.they are 12 and 14. Originally the tour was because I have a familial French connection to the Akaroa area. The kids were way more into it than I thought they would be and asked lots of questions which Marie answered willingly and with enthusiasm. I think the positivity that Marie maintains toward the future of the environment and the planet was catching and my children felt a flicker of hope to discover through the tour just how much some people are doing for the planet they love. Josie
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from TheSeventhG, Owner at The Seventh Generation
Responded 17 Oct 2021
Hi Josie, it makes me so happy to hear that your kids felt hope for the future from my tour, that is one of the main reasons I do these tours. I really hope that flicker becomes a flame! We all need hope and positive stories! I really loved all the intelligent questions, and that sense of enquiry! Come back to Akaroa again soon! Marie
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Simon and Sarah wrote a review Sep 2021
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
We enjoyed an excellent tour with Marie this afternoon. The tour certainly lived up to the high ratings of previous customers. We would recommend the three hour tour, which allows Marie full scope to set out her fascinating historical, cultural and ecological insights. Her storytelling begins with the geological origins of Banks Peninsula (26 million years ago) through to Maori settlement, the arrival of British and French settlers, the Treaty of Waitangi, farming practices (ecological decline and restoration), and much more. Marie herself is a seventh generation local family member, and this shows in both the passion and the realism she brings to her wide ranging tour. A delicious home made picnic at Akaroa Heritage Park, with stunning views of the Harbour, topped off a most memorable afternoon.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from TheSeventhG, Owner at The Seventh Generation
Responded 28 Sep 2021
Gosh thank you so much for your lovely review. What an enjoyable tour I had, it was so lovely to spend time with you both. I was incredibly touched to receive the book on Blanche Baughan from you in the mail today, I have never heard of her and I'm really excited to read about her life and connection to Akaroa. Will think of you having your 'Picnic' in the rose gardens! Stay in touch, Marie
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Philippa wrote a review Jul 2021
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My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic tour with Marie. Her knowledge of the history of Akaroa, and the wonderful way she shared it, made it a very special occasion. Marie is warm and friendly and the few hours with her were relaxed and entertaining but also very informative. The ecological aspects were also fascinating and all of it was delivered in a spectacularly beautiful corner of New Zealand.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from TheSeventhG, Owner at The Seventh Generation
Responded 18 Jul 2021
I so enjoyed sharing my corner of New Zealand with you and your husband. Each time I take a tour I am reminded how much I love to tell the stories and help people to make lasting connections to this place. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you.
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