Walk with the Ancestors

  • E-Ticket
  • Private Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • Live Guide
  • 2 hr

The preservation of this culturally important and archaeologically significant site, Hakikino is a fascinating mix of old world wisdom and new world innovations. Embracing all that is available today, we have established a native plant nursery and created the Hakikino Conservation Reserve. Let one of our family members share with you these sacred sites: the bush lore, the folk lore, the culture and the language: all of which continue to shape the hopes and aspirations of the people today. This tour provides you with an insider’s perspective on being Maori and relates historical and contemporary Maori culture from a unique and personal point of view in our home village of Waimarama. It’s a friendly and relaxed encounter.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Waimarama Beach

We start our tour where our story begins: on the shores of Waimarama beach where the great migration canoe Takitimu was dragged ashore to make repairs over 800 years ago. See for yourself why they stayed on and established the great fortress of Hakikino, deep in the surrounding hills. From the coast we visit the remnant of Hakikino on our family’s Conservation Reserve. As you walk the pathways and experience the remaining pockets of native plants, native forests and wetland areas, you will gain insight as to how these ancient people lived here and appreciate why this fortress settlement would dominate this coastline for over 300 years.

Duration: 2 hour