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NATIVConnectioNZ:Real Maori Experiences- Day Tours

Whakatane, New Zealand
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About NATIVConnectioNZ:Real Maori Experiences- Day Tours
Authentic immersions into the heart of New Zealand's indigenous culture. Get Real, Get Nativ and get deep into Māori New Zealand!
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Jenny1234907 wrote a review Jan 2015
New Plymouth, New Zealand14 contributions2 helpful votes
The highlight of our holiday at Mt Maunganui was the NativConnection guided tour and hangi at a homestead in Whakatane. Everything felt authentic, from the friendliness and sense of fun to the perspective on history and flavour of the hangi-cooked kai. Everything was presented in a generous spirit. Highly recommended for New Zealanders as well as overseas visitors.
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Date of experience: January 2015
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MaweraK wrote a review Jan 2015
Katikati, New Zealand67 contributions22 helpful votes
Excellent hosting and very informative. A most enjoyable experience that is enjoyed by all the people I know who have done the walking tour.
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Date of experience: January 2015
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450maria2014 wrote a review Jun 2014
Tauranga, New Zealand2 contributions8 helpful votes
On the 18th May 2014 a group including my wife, married friends with their young toddler and I were lucky enough to be guided around the Whakatane District/ sights by William from Nativ Connections. This tour was to show us the sights of the area from the perspective of a local who knows first-hand of significant areas and the Maori Culture & History of the area. The tour started with the group assisting William set a hangi. Having had numerous hangis’ before, you knew this hangi was going to be good/ different as the Nativ Connections hangi setup was something I had never seen before and with the assistance of a specially modified gas blower which made an event that would normally take nearly half a day to prepare take 20-30 minutes tops. Once the hangi was set we began our tour with William giving live commentary as we headed towards the beautiful Whakatane hill/ lookout, Ohope beach and the Whakatane Heads. I personally found the tour very informative, being a 6th Generation New Zealander from the Far North this tour was hands down more educational/ moving than any Waitangi or Rotorua visit that I had experienced. At times you felt first-hand how special/ spiritual the sights were and on entering the sacred caves after William had given a pray to his ancestors everyone felt spirituality connected. Overall Nativ Connections provided a tour that helped our group view the beautiful scenery of the Whakatane Coastal Area while providing a first-hand experience of Maori Culture & History from the past and to the present by a knowledgeable local guide, finished off by a beautifully cooked hangi. I personally recommend it to both domestic and international tourists who are interested in obtaining & increasing their knowledge of Maori Culture/ History from a local guide who can relate to the area and keen on having an awesome hangi.
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Date of experience: May 2014
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Diana1408 wrote a review May 2014
Kerikeri, New Zealand1 contribution
William is a wonderful host with incredible knowledge of the area, showcasing a great range of sights. There is something of interest for everyone. The tour is suitable for all ages and William makes sure everyone feels welcome. After the trip I felt very connected with the area and it gave me a great insight into Maori culture in a relaxed and open way. I will be telling all visitors to that part of New Zealand that this is a ‘must do’! I feel very lucky to have been part of such a cool experience.
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Date of experience: May 2014
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daveburnett wrote a review Sep 2013
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
These guys are the real deal! If you are looking to experience the local Maori culture and unprecedented hospitality of the Whakatane community NATIVCnnectionNZ has your best interest. I will forever remember the time I spent with William and the rest of the guys. One highlight for me included an authentic hangi feast followed by karaoke night with the local community - unreal. I know I'll be back one day!
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Date of experience: October 2012
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