The first people to call New Zealand home were Maori who settled the country sometime before the 14th century. They had travelled from Polynesia to New Zealand and then through a period of isolation developed their own distinctive and rich culture.
In better understanding Maori culture, you will better understand what it is to be a New Zealander.
These tours have dedicated Maori cultural experiences included in their itineraries.
Accommodated tours which overnight in Rotorua will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you can discover and learn more about Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions. Sit down to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) with your Maori hosts (minimum numbers apply refer Notes).
Camping tours enjoy a Maori concert and Haka – the famous Maori dance – in the evening at the Bay of Islands overnight stop.
Hop on hop off tours have compulsory overnight stops. One of these is at the village of Mourea, near Rotorua on the North Island. Select hop on hop off tours stop here. It's a unique and special cultural overnight stay. This is an immersion into indigenous Maori culture and so much more than a show. You will learn about Maori traditions, history and culture and become fully interactive with Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance). An unforgettable, genuine and educational night!
Find more about our visit to Mourea here.
Accommodated Tours from Auckland
A perfect way to get a taste of New Zealand by exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands in three days and two nights. These sub-tropical islands, 140 in total are a taste of New Zealand nature and culture for those who only have a short time to travel in New Zealand.
This tour starts and finishes in Auckland, New Zealand, and travels around the North Island all the way to Wellington seeing all the sights in between including the Coromandel coast, Rotorua cultural night, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk and stays on a working farm.more >
Spend 10 days and 9 nights exploring the North Island including the famous surf beach of Raglan, Maori cultural sites, Tongariro National Park, a stunning conservation farm and the nation's capital of Wellington. On this New Zealand tour spend eight days and seven nights exploring the North Island including famous surf beach of Raglan, Maori cultural sites, a stunning conservation farm, hike volcanic craters, discover the emerald and blue crater lakes of Tongariro and traverse Mount Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe). You'll travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and experience hot water beach, the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, Lake Taupo: a crater lake caused by the biggest eruption New Zealand has ever seen and the nation's capital of Wellingtonmore >
This tour starts and finishes in Auckland, New Zealand and travels north to the Bay of Islands before seeing the other sights of the North Island including the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, a working farm stop, the Tongariro Crossing and Wellington. Unlike the 6 day Best Of the North tour, you will also travel to the Bay Of Islands north of Auckland.more >
Discover the highlights of the diverse North Island from its beaches and islands to its famous mountains and rich Maori culture. Visit the Bay of Islands, Raglan, Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Whakahoro and Wellington on this 13 day adventure starting and finishing in Auckland.more >
This tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Auckland. While it doesn't include the Bay of Islands it does allow you to see all the highlights New Zealand has to offer including Rotorua maori culture, Abel Tasman National Park, Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, Queenstown and much more.more >
This tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch and allows you to see all the highlights New Zealand has to offer including the Bay of Islands, Rotorua maori culture, Abel Tasman National Park, Doubtful Sound overnight cruise and Queenstown and much more. Travel top to toe in New Zealand and see the whole country! Leave no stone unturned: discover unique places and all the places New Zealand is famous for. Travel with a great guide, meet locals as well as other travellers from all over the world! Accommodation & top-rated activities included!more >
This tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Auckland. It allows you to cover every part of the touring itineraries on offer including the Bay of Islands, Māori culture, Abel Tasman National Park, Doubtful Sound overnight cruise and Queenstown and much more.more >
Overland Tours from Auckland
This camping tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Wellington. After visiting the Bay Of Islands, north of Auckland, travel to the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Taupo, and onward to Wellington.more >
This camping tour takes in all the routes on offer to create a comprehensive itinerary that starts and finishes in Auckland and travels all over New Zealand. If you want to do it all then this is the tour for you.more >
Overland Tours from Queenstown
This camping tour starts in Queenstown and ends in Auckland, New Zealand. Travel up the West Coast of the South Island and then to the North Island including travel to the Bay of Islands.more >
Hop On Hop Off Tours from Auckland
You can start and finish in Auckland, Christchurch or any other place around the circuit. You need about 4 weeks and it's an excellent way to really get to see and experience all of what NZ has to offer - the North of the North to the deep South! As always the longer you have the better so you can get off at your favourite places for a few more days (or weeks!).more >
This is the most popular pass to see almost everything in NZ. You'll need a few weeks to make the most of it. Start where you like and finish where you started.
Over 30% Off + Free Bay of Islands more >
This pass allows you start in Auckland and finish in Christchurch to avoid any backtracking but still allowing you to see most of New Zealand if you have at least three weeks.more >
If you have at least seven days to visit the North Island of New Zealand then this pass will suit you. Start in Auckland and travel down as far as Wellington before returning to Auckland.
BAY OF ISLANDS FREE more >
Overland Tours from Christchurch
This tour starts in Christchurch with an express connection to Queenstown before you start your journey up the west coast of the South Island to the North Island before finishing in Auckland.more >