Ngā mihi nui to Hikoi Waewae team for the one unforgettable experience! We decided to take the cultural, historical, nature tour by the Arahura River as we wanted to learn more about the land of Aotearoa and their people. It was such a blessing for us to have this opportunity to walk on the spiritual land of pounamu (green stones); learn about the purakau (legends), pakiwaitara (history), and the whakapapa (genealogy) from the knowledgeable guide, Ruhine and her family.
From the moment we set off, she spoke of her ancestors and taught us of the land we were travelling in great detail.
The nature itself was...wow what a peaceful and stunning place to be standing in.
We missed the opportunity to take the full tour, however! There was so much to take back from what we had experienced.
I highly recommend the tour to anyone who is interested in the Maori culture.
The experience was magnificent, spiritually beautiful and was a mind opener.
We would be back to take the full tour next time!
A tour not to be missed if you are travelling the South Island of Aotearoa for sure!!