We can't say enough good things about Maurice and his Maori Tour in Kaikoura; this tour is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the native Maori culture on NZ's South Island! Maori Tours proved helpful and flexible from the first time we called, helping us schedule an appropriate day/time, describing what to expect, and even picking my wife and I up from our hotel the day of. The tour itself was a total departure from the large-scale tourist-machine "culture tour" you see other places and instead was an intimate journey around sacred and special Maori locations in Kaikoura. Maurice's familiarity with 800 years of Maori history and culture was more than enough to answer our group's multitude of questions, and his preparedness for any situation made a flash rain-storm mid-tour a non-issue when he provided everyone umbrellas, hot tea, and snacks! My wife and I lean toward adventure and excitement on our vacations, and our choosing to tour with Maori Tour was a bit of an afterthought. BUT, after seeing how professional and personal Maurice and his Wife were (the tour is a two-person business!), we absolutely had to recommend it to others. Expect a 3.5 hour outing with a private van and a group of 10 or less. We spent no more than 1 hour driving from place to place. The vast majority of our time was spent at scenic historic locations and on a stunning walk (easy graveled walk, about 1km) of a nearby medicinal forest. Thank you to Maori Tours Kaikoura for helping to make our NZ vacation more than memorable!