Welcome to our sacred place in the sun

Stand before nine magnificent whakairo (carvings) – each larger than life, each holding a story you can see, hear and touch on top of a sacred maunga (mountain).

Te Urunga (The Sunrise Experience)

A world-first experience, the Te Urunga-Tu Sunrise Experience is a unique and unforgettable experience to greet the dawn in the land of the first light. Start your journey at the base of Maunga Hikurangi in Ruatoria, under a dark, star-lit night as you ascend by 4WD to the first point of mainland New Zealand to see the sunrise each day. Surrounded by sacred cultural treasures of the Maori and Ngati Porou people, open your eyes and hearts to the wonders of Maunga Hikurangi.

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Haramai (The Day Experience)

The Haramai Day Experience begins with a stunning 4WD journey from the base of Maunga Hikurangi to the first point of mainland New Zealand to see the sun rise each day. See the changing landscape unfold before your eyes as you journey to the treasured peaks of this sacred mountain. Standing before nine traditional carvings that guard the stories of this land and of the Ngati Porou people, this is a meaningful and memorable experience you won’t ever forget.

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  • My husband and I have just done the early morning sunrise tour. It was a very special experience for us and we would highly recommend it to everyone.

    WendyG84
    Whakatane, New Zealand

  • He gave us an informative and interesting talk about the carvings, and the history of Ngati Porou - both distant and recent. Everyone in the group was very impressed.

    8Hazel8
    Auckland, New Zealand

  • At the site of the phenomenal carvings, Monty shared the stories of Ngati Porou - just fascinating. The picnic was delicious and elegantly presented. A most excellent adventure for visitors from far and near.

    Elisabeth E
    Auckland, New Zealand

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@kaupoi_adventurer was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the world to experience the sunrise of a new day with the rangatahi programs.#tairawhitigisborne #repost #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Watch the world awaken on the highest non-volcanic peak on the North Island, amongst the sacred cultural treasures of the Ngāti Porou people. ⛰☀️#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Check out @eruera.walker perfectly capturing the clouds hugging our Maunga Hikurangi! ☁️⛰#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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These are our guardians of the first light. The 9 carvings at the top of Maunga Hikurangi depict Māui and his whānau.
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Mōrena from our guide Monty, as we welcome in the new day in the land of the first light! ☀️#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
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Our main guide Monty sharing a little insight into what a tour up Maunga Hikurangi could look like for you.  As he mentions, this place is sacred to him and his family. Monty has many historical and cultural stories to share with you. Repost thanks to 🎥 @purenewzealand and our friends at @tairawhitigisbornenz
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The second to last carving! This one is named Mātāwaka and refers to all waka and waka traditions representing ancestors of iwi and hapū of Te Tairāwhiti — Horouta, Mangārara, Nukutere, Te Ikaroa-a-Rauru, Tauira-mai-tawhiti, Tohorā, Tereanini, Takitimu, tāmira, Hotutāihirangi, Tai-o-puapua, Te Rarotuamāheni, raiteuru and others. Nukutaimemeha, however, being the principal waka.#nagtiporou #destinationsnz #mustdonz #nzmustdo #newzealand #newzealandvacations #gisbornenz #sunriseoftheday #beautifulnature #newzealandvacations #tairawhiti #firstlightnz #tairawhitigisbornenz
Te Hiku-o-te-Ika: Is “the barb of the stingray” and refers to the tail-end of the fish, establishing a connection to the people of the north, the tailend of the stingray.
This carving also incorporates Hinenui-tepō and “Te tatau o te pō — the gateway to the spirit world”, which is accessed through Te Hiku-o-te-ika at a place called Te Rerenga Wairua, more commonly known now as Cape Reinga in Northland.
Also featured here, a magnificent view from the maunga!
Irawhaaki was Māui’s father who played a key part in Māui's extraordinary feats. This intriguing story and others are told by our guides up the maunga as part of our experiences!#nagtiporou #destinationsnz #mustdonz #nzmustdo #newzealand #newzealandvacations  #gisbornenz #sunriseoftheday #beautifulnature #newzealandvacations #tairawhiti #firstlightnz #tairawhitigisbornenz
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