Māori culture
Māori culture
The tangata whenua have shaped Aotearoa for more than 1000 years: their history, culture, myths, legends, language and cuisine are intrinsic to the national identity. Deepen your understanding of Māori culture by visiting a marae, watching a kapa haka performance, or taking a tour with a Māori guide.

Auckland's Motutapu Island to host new festival

Māori culture

Darkness lets you see Te Puia's geysers in a new light

The sounds seem amplified without the day's noise pollution. The experience is heightened, more personal and the pools take on their own personality.

Pou Tiaki

Sir Peter Buck's memorial a site of reverence

A Taranaki iwi have reminded people visiting the memorial of an important kaumatua of the region that the site is a place of reverence, and not a tourist spot.

West Coast

Ghost towns and shipwrecks: Why every Kiwi should tour the West Coast

When it comes to heritage, the West Coast has plenty of iconic hot spots and hidden gems that await discovery.


Seeing Whangārei through local eyes


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Hiking holidays

I feared prejudice at a remote DOC hut because I'm gay. Instead, I found paradise

Road trips

The Kiwi families who've fallen for campervanning during the pandemic

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Māori culture

Urban storytelling tour offers up another side of Christchurch

This fabulous kai safari combines history with some top-class food and drink.


Why have so many Kiwis never visited the 'birthplace' of the nation?

It's one of our most significant historic sites, but more than half of NZers have never visited the treaty grounds.

NZ Travel

Six events to check out this Waitangi weekend

The long weekends keep on coming, and there’s a huge amount on over the Waitangi weekend to choose from.

Pou Tiaki

Parihaka research was a game-changer

Hazel Riseborough endured unfavourable reviews, but remained unfazed.


The hidden hot pools of Lake Rotoiti

These pools are the oldest commercially operated hot springs in New Zealand.

Family holidays

Cardboard boats, wakas and Pacific beats: Events to keep kids occupied this weekend

As the school holidays begin to wind down, probably much to the relief of some parents, here are five events to keep the little darlings entertained.


Secret NZ: Marsden Cross takes claim as birthplace of nation

Years before Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed, an important service marked the coming together of Māori and Pākehā - but not many know its story.


Voyaging on Gisborne's Waka Hourua

Kiwis have the opportunity to share a taste of our ancestors’ sailing experience.