• Haramai
    Day Tour Experience

Experience a unique and intimate cultural exploration

 Standing at 1,754 metres tall above the rural town of Ruatoria in the Waiapu Valley, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you on an in-depth journey of local history, culture and customs.

Bask in the warm welcome as you venture to the top of Maunga Hikurangi on a 4WD adventure from its base in Ruatoria. With helmets on and seatbelts fastened, discover the stunning terrain of rural Tairawhiti as you climb towards the highest non-volcanic peak on the North Island.

Traversing through the historic Pakihiroa Station, this scenic day tour is a spectacular cultural adventure for couples as well as families.

 

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Haramai – Day Tour Experience

Price from $260.00

Immerse yourself in the world of Maori, back to when the demigod Maui fished up the North Island and Maunga Hikurangi was the first point to emerge from the sea.

Come face to face with nine larger than life carved pou (free standing sculptures) stand guard atop Maunga Hikurangi and watch the stories and legends of the local Ngati Porou people come to life.

“E, I aha tera e! Ko te wero-hanga a Porourangi i te Ika a Maui, E takoto nei!”

“So nature bears witness that Porourangi had pierced the great fish of Maui, which lies beneath us!” – from Kura Tiwaka Taua, traditional Ngāti Porou Haka.

Tour includes:

  • Inspiring 4WD adventure to and from Maunga Hikurangi
  • Discover the history of the nine legendary Māori carvings
  • In-depth cultural tour with expert Ngati Porou guide
  • Panoramic photo opportunities at the highest non-volcanic peak of the North Island
  • Native seedling to plant as part of eco-project
  • Participation in a karakia (traditional Māori blessing)
  • Gift from the Ngati Porou tribe
  • Light lunch atop Maunga Hikurangi all locally sourced
  • Intimate tour with max nine people
  • Duration 4 hours (approx)
  • Bookings essential
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Plan Your Trip

 

Self Drive

Make your way to Ruatoria via a stunning coastal drive up along the iconic State Highway 35. Pass stunning beachside communities, epic surf and rural countryside with the vast Pacific Ocean hugging the pristine coastline.

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Helicopter

Journey to Maunga Hikurangi across land, sea and sky with our Helicopter experience. This fully customisable, once in a lifetime experience can be designed to suit your travel requirements including transfers.

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Accommodation

With so many great places to overnight on State Highway 35, take some time to explore the beautiful coastal route and hidden gems of Tairawhiti.

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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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