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Arahura Greenstone Tours

Hokitika, New Zealand
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About Arahura Greenstone Tours
Arahura Greenstone Tours is a special Maori cultural experience. Your guides share legends on guided walks on the sacred Arahura River near Hokitika. We will help you find coveted treasure, POUNAMU (Greenstone), an internationally recognized symbol of New Zealand culture. Greenstone Tour options 2 hour tour 4 hour tour
Closes in 7 min
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Our Maori guides will share ancient legends and help you find New Zealand's most coveted treasure, Greenstone, on a guided walk along the sacred Arahura river.

Your local guides have a unique connection to the Arahura river known as one of the richest sources of Pounamu and the local area that goes back many generations, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of Te tai o Poutini (West Coast) and the Arahura river.

You will be able to find small pieces of Pounamu (greenstone) on our 2-hour tour, and learn to carve this precious stone into a taonga (treasure) to cherish forever.

Our Arahura Greenstone tours operate all year round, weather permitting.
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Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

Be aware that this tour is unsafe for you and your family. There was a drug deal that happened right infront of us as the tour guide purchase a bag of weed. I’m also sure that the tour guide Tangi was stoned which breaches the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank michaelbronson58
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Amazing trip with Tangi. Coolest guy ever. Learn something about Maori, learn something about greenstone. Find your own greenstone and make it to a necklace. You will get wet feet.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank schnipps_mac
Reviewed August 12, 2018

I wanted to see real greenstone and see where it really comes from. I had Tangi as my guide - a real character and a very salt of the earth kind of guy. He is the owner and the one who has set up the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kylie H
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Tanni gave my husband and I one of the most amazing tours of our trip. Finding our greenstone on the river banks. Making our own necklace. Having coffee and biscuits and talking about Maori culture. Tanni even gave us Maori names He made us so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joanne B
Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

This trip was included in a NZ round tour booked by our travel agency. Therefore we didn't know the prize. The provided knowledge about Maori culture wasn't much and should have been more detailed. Like other tours, commented before, the guide pitched in for his...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank torsmey
Reviewed March 15, 2018

I knew more about maori culture than the guide. He was filling in for his uncle, didn't even know what percentage maori he himself was. Said he had just gotten out of rehab and hadn't really prepared for the tours yet. Paid $1000 and just...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Jacob W
Reviewed January 12, 2018

Our crew of seven, over 50 years of age, freedom campers wanted to learn why Greenstone aka pounamu or jade, was so significant to the Maori people and others to follow that they would cross Arthur's Pass in search of it. So, we hired a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2017

Tangi Weepu, our Maori guide, is a beautiful soul and a living manifestation of Maori beliefs, culture, and spirituality. Even if we hadn’t had the thrilling experience of the Aruhura River gifting us several gorgeous pieces of Pounamu and being taught by a master how...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank lebeau2017
Reviewed January 23, 2017

We are a family of 5 that has been to many places. We have never had a day like this one, in a good way! We followed Tangi's directions to a small park along the roadside, using an abandoned bridge on a pedestal as the...More

Date of experience: December 2016
5  Thank EZ7continents
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

New Zealand is as amazing as everyone says -- the landscapes and the people are really special. The day we spent with Tangi's nephew Katene (COT-eh-nay) however was the highlight of our three week trip. After a mixup on our meeting time (it's a good...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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