Māori Culture Tour

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Hana Sky

Your Host

My name is Hana Sky Walker and I am the creative director of Tipuna Tours. I come from a family that values our culture, language and identity very much. Tipuna translated in Māori means ancestor. Growing up in Uawa – Tolaga Bay, my siblings and I were exposed to so many rich and magical learning experiences throughout the East Coast.

Throughout the years I watched Aunty Anne, my parents, uncles and aunties share our tribal stories about our place with visitors from near and far.

In our spare time, you will catch me up the hill or in the rockpools down at the beach with my husband Liam and two little ones or out with friends wining and dining at some of our fine local hot spots.

We look forward to welcoming you here!

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Experience the rich culture with a local guide

Experience a 3.5 hour authentic Māori Culture tour spanning from Tairāwhiti Gisborne to Uawa – Tolaga Bay and retrace the pivotal moments of first encounters between Māori and European in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Visit a traditional Māori Courtyard (Marae) and unravel the customs and culture of the Tangata Whenua (indigenous people of the land).

Enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Tolaga Bay wharf – New Zealand’s longest wharf at 660 metres long and stroll along the beautiful bay before your return to Gisborne.

- Tour Highlights
- Guests collected from hotel accommodation in Gisborne
- Guided tour begins in Gisborne continuing along State Highway 35
- Enjoy a 45-minute scenic coastal drive to Uawa – Tolaga Bay
- Visit authentic Māori Courtyard (Marae)
- Experience traditional Māori welcome and ceremony
- Guided tour of marae with local iwi including storytelling
- Tour of historic Tolaga Bay wharf with impressive views of the bay
- Guests escorted back to Gisborne