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Waimarama Maori Tours at Hakikino

Havelock North 4157, New Zealand
+64 210 570 935
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Owner description: Share our culture, get to know our people and feel the power of our sacred native landscapes. An intimate, personal and spiritual way to discover the ways of Maori people. Choose from one of our tours and we'll spend time together on our tribal lands at Hakikino in Waimarama, or at Te Mata Peak in Havelock North and at Civic Square in Hastings. Let one of our elders share with you these sacred sites as well as the bush lore, the folk lore and the hopes and aspirations of our people. We hope you will experience a connection with us and gain insights and knowledge about us as we learn about you.
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

When my fiance and I arrived in Napier we thought to ourselves, what are we going to do in this small town for the next 3 days! Little did we know that the next day, Robert would pick us up from our hotel and we would experience our favorite part of our 2 week vacation! We were welcomed into Roberts... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

So often we overlook what is in our own back yards - quick to be wooed by attractions in regions or countries outside of our own. To take a tour with Waimarama Maori Tours is to be invited into a time and events many never knew took place right on our own door step. Robert and Denise's warm, knowledgeable and... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The tour is like being shown a family history by two of your lifelong friends! Robert and Denise were the perfect guides - knowledgeable, passionate, humorous and vibrant. As locals, we knew nothing of the history, culture and stories right on our doorstep. What they are doing to keep this history alive is fantastic - especially the re-planting.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

From the moment we met Denise in the bus as we travelled through Napier from our cruise ship, we believed we were in for a good time. Denise spoke of different stories, cultural Maori history (brother Roberts newly painted green roof) and how her ancestors survived European invaders. Her warmth and love for her brother was infectious, as were the... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Went on the "Walk With The Ancestors" tour recently. It was fantastic discovering such a great piece of local history. The stories told by Robert and Adele, (our guides) really showed their genuine love and connection with the area. The trip is full of highlights, the talk about medicinal plants, trying kawa kawa tea, the story behind the Valley of... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Our visit to the Maori town was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. From the warm welcome to the demonstrations of song, dance, and warfare, the members of the community were clearly enjoyed sharing stories about their heritage and culture. Other cultures would do well to offer similar experiences.

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Homer Glen, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A very unique experience that was offered as one of our shore tours in Napier by the cruise ship. I originally opted for a tour of the Deco district in Napier and changed the tour a couple of days before our cruise started. It was the right tour to go on. We wanted this trip to New Zealand to see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Many thanks to Robert and Denise for sharing part of your culture and life with us. A real experience where we felt welcome and we gained an insight into genuine maori culture and history.

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Agoura Hills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This was the highlight of our cruise to New Zealand. We felt immersed in the culture and tradition of the Maori and learned so much by watching and experiencing things first-hand. Everyone made us feel so welcome and it was evident that these wonderful people were very proud of their culture and eager to share with us. Wonderful experience -... More

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Lady Lake, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This was by far the most memorable of our shore excursions during a 16-day cruise of six ports in New Zealand and four ports in Australia. At Hakikino were treated like extended family members, warmly welcomed and included. This tribe's concern with preserving their cultural heritage gives their tours a unique genuineness and an intimacy that is deeply meaningful. DJ,... More

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