Māori Cultural Experiences Around Aotearoa New Zealand

Created in partnership with Tourism New Zealand

Take your family on a journey into Te Ao Māori, the Māori world where you can enjoy stories about the beginning of our nation’s history.

Throughout Aotearoa there are a number of experiences where you can deepen your understanding of Māori customs and their connection to the natural and spiritual world.

Te Tai Tokerau – Northland

Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museums

Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. Explore the two new contemporary museums, the carving studio, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga (Carved Meeting House), traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes) and enjoy a full programme of tours and cultural performances.

Waitangi Family Pass: Discover all that Waitangi has to offer with the whole family.

  • $50 for two adults, children under 18 are FREE, valid for 2 days

Manea Footprints of Kupe

Footprints of Kupe is a 75-minute multi-sensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction, and the splendour of Hokianga’s natural surroundings. The descendants of Kupe welcome you, as do the spirits of their ancestors.

Hokianga Culture Combo: Package includes one night accommodation at The Heads Hokianga, a visit to Manea Footprints of Kupe followed by a Twilight Tour to Tane Mahuta by Footprints Waipoua.

  • From $570 per family, T&Cs apply, book now

Tāmaki-makau-rau – Auckland

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Explore the Māori galleries, He Taonga Māori (Māori Court) and Te Ao Tūroa (Māori Natural History Gallery) while learning more about the rich and diverse history. Taonga on display include a number of original full-size buildings, e Toki ā Tāpiri, the last great war canoe, and a host of everyday objects used for living, hunting and fishing.

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Te Haerenga o Ngai Tai ki Tamaki

A one day guided walking tour on Auckland’s iconic Rangitoto Island and an introduction to neighbouring Motutapu Island. Knowledgeable guides will share with you traditional and contemporary stories linked to these beautiful islands and give you an insight into Māori culture and the local Ngāi Tai people.



The legacy and home of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people, who have been sharing their unique way of life with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years. Choose from a guided village tour, geothermal nature trails, nature walks, and cultural experiences.

Whakarewarewa Family Passes: Save on the self-guided geothermal trail walk or the Living Māori Village guided tour.

  • For 2 adults and up to 4 children, $65 (self-guided) or $92.50 (guided).

Tamaki Māori Village

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with Tamaki Māori Village, the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Enjoy the day time experience or immerse yourself in the Māori way of life with an overnight stay beneath the shelter of an ancient tawa forest.

Māori Cultural Evening Experience: Interactive twilight dinner experience, with traditional pastime, Kapa Haka, dessert by firelight and more.

  • Under 4s go free

Te Puia

Sharing outstanding taonga (treasures) with visitors for over 170 years. See the powerful Pōhutu geyser and other geothermal wonders, then seek out Aotearoa’s national treasure in the Kiwi Conservation Centre. Learn about Māori history and culture as you watch master carvers and weavers from the NZ Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Te Puia Family Day Pass: Save with a family day pass that gives everyone double the adventure!

  • For 2 adults and up to 3 kids, valid for two consecutive days


Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings

Take a kayak or boat tour around the scenic Western Bays of Lake Taupō to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay. The main carving is over 10 metres high and took the carver Matahi four summers to complete.

Chris Jolly Outdoors: Cruise to Mine Bay and save with a range of special deals and packages.

Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Wellington

Māori Highlights Tour – Te Papa Museum

Discover New Zealand’s rich history and cultures through Te Papa’s world-leading exhibitions and treasures. Beginning over one hundred million years ago, join your guide on a journey through New Zealand’s rich history and cultures. Hear stories of Aotearoa’s adaptive wildlife, the resilience of the Māori people, and artistic interpretations of life in the South Pacific.

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ko Tāne

The South Island’s premier Māori cultural experience with a hāngī dinner, set in native bush surroundings. Ko Tāne will include a pōwhiri, kapahaka and a hāngī dinner as well as being introduced to a traditional way of life.

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Written by Kidspot New Zealand for Tourism New Zealand.

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