New Zealand Culture
Immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. Walk through a sub-tropical rainforest with magnificent 800-year-old kauri trees, and visit the historically important towns of Kerikeri, and Waitangi, the birthplace of our Nation. Be hosted by a Kaumatua (Maori elder) with old family connections who will recount first-hand stories of the rich history of Maori and European engagement in this historical area. Experience the magic of Aoteroa, from the far Northland to the bottom of the South Island.
Some of the most popular destinations for New Zealand culture are :
- Experience the world-renowned thermal areas in the Rotorua and Taupo region, see spectacular falls, gain an appreciation of Maori culture and our unique native flora. Rotorua is the ancestral home of the Te Arawa iwi, and the area has a significant natural thermal spring with authentic Maori cultural interaction - taking you on a fascinating journey into the world of the Maori people alive with stories and history. A visit to Taupo would not be complete without seeing the spectacular Huka Falls, the main outlet for Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in Australasia.
- The historic town of Russell is steeped in the early history of New Zealand - an early Maori settlement, European whaling port and where New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between Maori chiefs and the British Crown.It was in this region where the Maori Chief Hone Hika first welcomed missionaries in 1819 resulting in the establishment of a Church Mission Settlement. This interaction set up the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society. Visit New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22), and a historic stone store (1832), walk through a significant reserve of native forest in Northland and view kauri, podocarp and other hardwood trees encompassing a rich diversity of plant species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.