Waiheke Island: Maori Experience Full Day Tour
- 6 Hours
- 6 Hours
- On request
Spend a day with your local guide exploring Waiheke Island from a Maori perspective. First is an orientation around Waiheke taking in stunning sea views of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City and the Pacific Ocean. You will visit pristine white sand beaches and hear stories relating to Tangaroa the god of the sea. During a guided walk through native bush your guide will explain the traditional and medicinal Maori uses of native plants. The walk will take you to the summit of a historical paa site where you will see archaeological remains of kumara pits, shell middens and defensive terraces. The native birds tui, kereru and tirairaka can also be seen. You will be introduced to a variety of traditional Maori musical instruments (taonga puoro). Lunch is at a local cafe (at own expense) before visiting a top Waiheke vineyard. To end the day you will be shown the harakeke (flax) plant and hear about its many uses with a weaving demonstration and the opportunity to weave your own souvenir to take home with you.
Duration: 6 Hours
Departs: 10 a.m. - Returns: 4 p.m.
From: Waiheke Island