This is not the place for formalities or trivial conversation. Experience a warm welcome as our guest, our manuhiri. Your journey with us will begin with a traditional Maori greeting, the hongi. This greeting signifies that you are no longer a mere visitor — you are a respected guest, a person of the land akin to family.
New Zealand is renowned for the fascinating Maori culture. To the untrained eye, Auckland is merely a city. Locals is a haven for Maori cultural experiences, with unique pockets of history only uncovered in Auckland.
Uncover the visually stunning blend of old colonial mansions, ancient native trees and Maori carvings. Journey along Tamaki Drive waterfront, one of the world’s most beautiful city drives. Marvel at several ancient volcanoes in the Auckland volcanic field.
The second half of your cultural immersion sees you journeying to Auckland’s West Coast and Waitakere Ranges. Walk among unique indigenous trees and plants while learning their Maori names and their importance as both food and medicine. Immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa the ancient forest of Tiriwa, all while your guide enriches you with lore and legends of the bush.
Journey on to the most stunning of all the black sand beaches on Auckland’s famous West Coast.