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Maori Celebration in New Zealand

01 Feb 2015, 06 June 2015

Tour type:
Signature Tours

Tour experience:
Indigenous People, The Most Exotic

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Maori Celebrations in New Zealand

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Join Cultural Crossroads on this extraordinary cultural adventure. We will participate in the Waitangi Day Ngapuhi celebrations, an authentic Maori tradition.

Waitangi Day marks the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the treaty) signed between Queen Victoria and Ngapuhi chiefs in 1840 at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands. The Treaty established a British Governor of New Zealand, recognized Maori ownership of their lands and other properties, and gave the Maori the rights of British subjects, thus forming the basis of modern New Zealand. Every year, Maori tribes from all over the country congregate at Waitangi to commemorate the treaty. It is probably the most significant date in the Maori calendar.

The Maori Celebrations Tour is new for Cultural Crossroads travelers for 2012 to coincide with the Waitangi Day and represents a unique cultural immersion experience. We will be part of all preparations and celebration of the Ngapuhi tribe, the most prominent Maori community in New Zealand. We will live, train, learn and celebrate together with the Maori people. Highlights of the tour include:

  • In-depth talks on Maori history, traditions and culture
  • Visit to the Auckland Museum
  • Waka (local canoe) lessons
  • 6 Days total cultural immersion with the Ngupuhi tribe
  • Visits to Paihia - the place where Captain Cook landed
  • Visit to Haruru Falls
  • Visit to the traditional hot spring pools at Ngawha
  • 2 nights in Aukland

Please note: this tour is priced for a minimum of 10 people. Check up our “Tips & Help” section for specific requirements regarding physical preparedness, and cultural immersion tips.


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