Traditional Māori Village in Wellsford

The one hour guided tour of our unique traditional 17th century Maori village: Prepare to step back in time 300 years. Experience a Māori village, traditional carvings and Paa site from this time.

The three hour Marae cultural package gives a great introduction to Māori Culture: The tour commences with a pōwhiri onto the Marae (traditional welcome) which comes with an explanation of Tikanga Marae (our Marae customs and protocols). This is followed by traditional marae meal. The tour concludes with a journey back in time to our traditional Māori 17th century Village.

The Overnight Marae Noho: This is a Māori cultural experience which has been treasured by many. This experience can be lengthened for a longer stay with activities, but the standard experience usually commences with a welcome onto the Marae at 4pm followed by a cup of tea. A wonderful hangi feast is provided at 6pm. A night tour of the beautiful traditional village is followed at 8pm. Breakfast is served at 8am, followed by a poroporaki (traditional farewell) at 9am.

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Please and thank you - A friendly reminder to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ lots for all the people who will be helping you during this experience.
  3. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  4. Make new friends - This is a group experience so go along prepared to start conversations and make some new friends :-)

Cultural Protocols

  1. Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
  2. Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
  3. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  4. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
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