• 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

FOLLOW US

Wow – ever wondered what it would feel like to stand on the very top of our Maunga when dusted in snow? Epic photo from LWimages featured on Epic Trails ⛰🧗‍♂️#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
Standing sentinel before the dawn…our whakairo (carvings) are first to see the sun every day. What will your day bring today?#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
On our sacred maunga, it’s a special experience to stand before nine magnificent whakairo (carvings) – each larger than life, each holding a story you can see, hear and touch 😮#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
Home is where the heart is! The town of Ruatoria, 25km from the foot of Maunga Hikurangi, is a central location of our iwi, Ngati Porou. It's home to the famous Ruatoria Pies, Kai Kart and our tour pickup point, the Hati Nati Café!We look forward to welcoming you here before we take you on one of our tours 🤗#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #ruatoria #ngatiporou
#gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
Bundled up with helmets on, traversing the mountain slope in 4WD under a starry sky 🌠 – to marvel at otherworldly carvings. This is what you get to experience at dawn with our Te Urunga-Tu Sunrise Experience.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #ruatoria #ngatiporou
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Awe-inspiring! In this shot you can really take in the presence of our neighbouring Maunga Wharekia, standing 1106m tall and proud here on the East Cape, as the clouds race behind it (taken from Maunga Hikurangi which stands at 1754m) ☁️⛰#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #ruatoria
#gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
Take a look at @jesswawatai 's incredible shot during her recent sunrise tour!#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight #gisborne #repost
Did you know the carvers of our spectacular whakairo (carvings) were taught by Sir Derek Lardelli?A Gisborne local, Lardellli is a man of many talents. He’s one of Aotearoa’s finest tā moko artists, and composed Kapa-o-pango, the new All Black haka.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
#gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
Epic contemplative sunrise photo from @east.az – who described our tour as an “unreal, authentic Maori experience.” Kia ora!📷: @east.az#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
#gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa #repost
Under the dark Southern skies and a blanket of brilliant stars, the Te Urunga-Tu Sunrise Experience is an adventure like no other – come discover it with us.#tairawhitigisborne #maungahikurangi #firstlight
#gisborne #sunrise #aotearoa
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