Explore our unforgettable experiences and sacred sites
Be one with Maui, his people, land sea & sky. Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga the person who slowed down the sun, the person who brought us fire, the person who fished up Aotearoa from the sea, come and hear his story, come and see his lands, meet his people and feel his presence through his descendants, Ngati Porou.
Te Urunga-tu - sunrise tour
Greet the dawn, a world-first experience.
Meet your Ngati Porou kaitiaki (guide) at Ruatoria before sunrise, and be 4WD transported to the sacred site of the majestic Hikurangi Maunga (mountain) carvings. During the ascent an insight into the cultural splendour and magic of Hikurangi will be shared.
When the sunrise bubbles on the horizon, a hushed reverence is felt as the past snaps into the now and the nine pou (carvings) are bathed in the light of a brand new day.
HAraMAI - DAY tour
Sights of delight, on tour to sacred site.
Meet your Ngati Porou kaitiaki (guide) at Ruatoria at an agreed time and be 4WD transported to the sacred site of the majestic Hikurangi Maunga carvings.
During the ascent and at the site, authentic stories allowing an insight into the cultural splendour and magic of Hikurangi will be shared.
topa MAI - VIP helicopter tour
A Ngati Porou Tourism VIP Experience.
Be flown by helicopter to the summit of Maunga Hikurangi from one of our exclusive overnight accommodations. Along the way enjoy the glorious sights of our Maui nation: land, sea and sky.
NAU MAI - MARAE styles
Marae stay then world first sun rise.
Engage, embrace, experience – Ngati Porou culture, cuisine and hospitality as you enjoy a day and night on the marae.
We will arrange a meet at a local marae in Ruatoria where you will be traditionally welcomed and made a member of the marae stay whanau (family).
The land where the sun greets the world for the first time each day, it is the Ngati Porou lands and its people who are destined to see the dawning of new light.
Known as Te Tairawhiti – the coast upon which the sun shines across the water, stretching from the Raukumara Ranges, through a myriad of rivers including the great Waiapu flowing eastward to the sea.
The ancestral lands of Ngati Porou stretch from the lofty mountains of the Raukumara, caressed by meandering rivers that flow east to the sea. These mountains, lands, rivers and sea have sustained successive generations of Ngati Porou since the time of Maui, the arrival of the ancestors in their great canoes, to Paikea the Whale Rider and through the millennia to now. Ngati Porou’s mana (authority) spans the easternmost part of the North Island of New Zealand from Potikirua to Te Toka-a-Taiau.