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Auckland City & West Coast Maori Cultural Tour - 'The Taupua Experience'

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Auckland City & West Coast Maori Cultural Tour - 'The Taupua Experience'

Not just a tour; A cultural experience. See all the highlights of Auckland City and sites of cultural significance to Maori with your hosts of 'The Taupua Experience' on this one day, fully guided, small group tour. Your hosts are direct descendants of the Maori Chiefs that helped established Tamaki Makaurau – the city of Auckland. As Ahikaa, or the home people of Auckland City, it is our role to host and care for our Manuhiri, our esteemed visitors - You! On this tour you will learn about the history of Auckland, view the city from an ancestral mountain, visit one of our traditional Maori communities and see ancient treasures. Our guides will share with you the history of Auckland from a Maori perspective that has been passed down by their ancestors. You will visit our lands, meet our people and participate in ancient customs that are still practiced in life today. You will leave the tour enriched with knowledge about our Maori culture that will truly enhance your visit to Auckland.

Duration

6 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Fully guided small group tour
    • Hotel pick up and drop off (selected hotels only)
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Maori Cultural Show (optional add on)
    • Entry/Admission - Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Britomart, Level 3 130 Quay Street Waitemata Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    Stop at Auckland's popular waterfront Britomart area and hear the cultural stories behind the Apihai Te Kawau Memorial.

    One day fully guided small group tour where you will see all the highlights of Auckland's City and West Coast, including sites of cultural significance to Maori with your hosts of 'The Taupua Experience', starting with a pick up from your hotel in our modern, comfortable minibus (specified hotels only).

    Your hosts are direct descendants of the Maori Chiefs that helped established Tamaki Makaurau – the city of Auckland. As Ahikaa, or the home people of Auckland City, it is our role to host and care for our Manuhiri, our esteemed visitors - You!

    The Taupua Experience is named after the Taupua, or the sentry bird. The Taupua takes you on a journey of cultural empowerment as you tour the sites of significance to Maori in Auckland.

    The Taupua takes you to all the highlights of Auckland City plus you will explore the beautiful wild west of Auckland with its volcanic sand beaches,
    ancient forests and community of artisan fine food and beverage producers. You will learn about the history, the people and the ancient Maori customs
    still being practiced in modern life today.

    Our guides will share with you the history of Auckland from a Maori perspective that has been passed down by their ancestors. You will visit our lands, meet our people and participate in ancient customs that are still practiced in modern life today. You will leave the tour enriched with knowledge about our Maori culture that will truly enhance your visit to Auckland.

    It is our hope that you will be enriched by joining this tour, through learning about the place we call home and our Maori culture, from the past to the present, through our values of Aroha and Manaakitanga. "Ko te pai te whai rawa o Tamaki ka kitea, ka rangona, ka whakakohukitia." - The goodness and richness of Tamaki will be seen, heard and felt.

    You will arrive as visitors and leave as Whanau, as part of our family.

    "Nga manaakitanga" - Welcome to the place we call home.

    At the end of the tour we will drop you back to your accommodation in Auckland (specified hotels only).

    Sites of cultural significance visited during the tour include:

    Auckland Waterfront (Apihai Te Kawau Memorial)
    Okahu Bay & Mission Bay
    Bastion Point (Takaparawhau)
    Achilles Point (Te Pane o Horoiwi)
    Mt Eden (Maungawhau)
    Auckland Domain (Pukekawa)
    Auckland Museum
    Queen Street
    Auckland Harbour Bridge
    Kumeu Wine region
    Muriwai Beach
    Muriwai Gannet Colony

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Tamaki Drive, Tamaki, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

    Learn about the history, present and future of Tamaki Drive from a Maori perspective. See the historic Parnell Baths, Whai Rawa land, Tararua Bay and Whakatakataka Bay.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Mission Bay Beach, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

    See stunning Mission Bay beach with it's cafes, bars, parks and famous fountain, and hear the stories and history of the area from your Maori Guides, passed down from their ancestors - Maori Chiefs that helped to establish Tamaki Makauru - the city of Auckland.

    Stop At: Bastion Point, Hapimana Street, Mission Bay, Auckland 1071 New Zealand

    Explore Bastion Point in Orakei, overlooking the Waitematā Harbour. The area is significant in New Zealand history as the site of protests by Māori against forced land alienation by pākehā in the late 1970s. Now the site of Kitemoana - a Maori Marae & Village, your hosts will guide you through the history and future of the land, people and stories.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Parnell Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052 New Zealand

    See the historical shopping village of Parnell with it’s many cafes, restaurants, Boutique Stores, Art Galleries, the Holy Trinity Cathedral and hear the cultural stories of the area.

    Stop At: Access off Hillside Crescent Mount Eden Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1024 New Zealand

    Take in the 360 views from Maungawhau, or Mt Eden - one of the tallest mountains in Auckland City, and enjoy an optional traditional Maori Hangi Lunch (additional cost - please add during booking process) up the mountain while you hear the stories of the mountain from your Maori Guide.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Auckland Domain, Park Road, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

    The Domain was formed by volcanic activity 140,000 years ago, and set aside in 1880 as a 200-acre public reserve. Now home to the Auckland Museum, the Winter Gardens, numerous native bush walking tracks, and stunning views over Auckland City, there is plenty of opportunity to explore and connect with nature and the history of the area during this stop.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Auckland War Memorial Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira (or simply the Auckland Museum) is one of New Zealand's most iconic landmarks and important museums and war memorials, offering panoramic views over the city of Auckland.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Muriwai Gannet Colony, 428 Motutara Rd Waitakere, Muriwai Beach, Auckland 0881 New Zealand

    Take a short walk from Muriwai Beach to see the amazing Gannet Colony perched on rocks above the wild west coast ocean.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Muriwai Beach, Auckland New Zealand

    One of Auckland's many wild west volcanic sand beaches.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up and tour. No refunds given for no show passengers. Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start timeSofitel Hotel Auckland.Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start timeAdina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, SO/ Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments.Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start timeAVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start timeCrowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, SKYCITY Hotel, SKYCITY Grand Hotel.Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Kiwi International Hotel, Waldorf St Martins Aparthotel, YHA Auckland City, VR Hotel.PortsPorts Of Auckland (Pick up from M Social Hotel)PortsPorts of Auckland (M Social Hotel)
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by The Taupua Experience

Activity ID: 179373P2

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