Haere Mai - Welcome
New Zealand is justly famous for its indigenous Maori culture.
Increasingly, travellers to New Zealand are seeking out more "authentic" experiences than those provided by the packaged tours.
What makes Aotearoa-New Zealand unique in the world of travel is its Maori culture. Other tourist destinations have spectacular natural features and landscapes and similar climates, but it is the Maori culture that gives this country its special flavour. And while other previously colonised countries have indigenous populations, the Maori, in New Zealand continue to exert the robust influence on everyday life and to hold to their cultural traditions more than probably anywhere else.
In addition, the recent dramatic interest in issues of sustainability, and environmental care dovetails perfectly with traditional Maori values of kaitiakitaga (Guardianship). Cultural tourism by its very nature, allows guests to interact with our natural and man-made environments, while encouraging the care and protection of those environments. As the one-time Minister of Tourism has noted:
"It strikes the right balance between the economic benefits of tourism and the guardianship of our people, cultures, and landscapes. It is a key component to a truly sustainable tourism market"
(Hon. Dover Samuels, 2004).
An experience of Maori culture is an essential component of any visit to Aotearoa (the Maori word for New Zealand meaning "Land of the Long White Cloud").
These experiences can come at several different levels - from the Hotel Maori Cultural Performance involving traditional waiata (songs) and haka (dances) owned and operated by non-Maori, down to the small hapu tourism operation which can involve staying on a Marae, and listening to local stories and Maori descriptions of the landscape and the natural world.
Our desire is to enhance and strengthen Maori Tourism by supporting Maori Tourism ventures - particularly small, whanau and hapu-based tourism businesses
- and in so doing, supporting the local Maori economies in which they operate.
In this way we support the growth of Maori tourism at a grassroots level, and in so doing to authenticate the life experiences of Maori tourism providers and to establish a truthful representation of Maori for the discerning tourist.
For a more detailed explanation of our philosophy click here.
For a glossary of Maori words and phrases click here.
MAORI CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
Myths & Legends Ecotours
Pete Beech, 316A Waikawa Rd Picton
Ecotours in the Marlborough Sounds,
New Zealand from Myths and Legends Eco-Tours. Birdwatching, wildlife and Maori culture whilst cruising on the classic launch, the Tutanekai.
Maori Tours Kaikoura
Maurice Manawatu, Kaikoura
Join our family for a mixture of laughter and learning, full of the spirit of age old knowledge, yet entirely of today. You will sense the warmest welcome and a refreshing perspective where you are part of a real cultural exchange.
Footprints Waipoua Cultural Tour
Koro Carman, 29 State Highway 12, Opononi, Hokianga, Northland
The spiritual environment of the Waipoua Forest
provides a natural stage for an unforgettable encounter with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. 'Step into our World' and let our local guides take you on a memorable journey through nature's stages of evolution, whilst providing a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest.
Waimarama Maori Tourism
Denise Prentice, Hawke's Bay
Two Maori Cultural Tours
located in and near Napier in the Hawke's Bay. The cultural tours are a unique and fresh way to discover the rich traditions and history of the Maori people with knowledgeable local Maori guides.