Learn about Maori life at the remnant of the once great Maori fortress of Hakikino.
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Walk with the Ancestors Tour

A private 2 hour Hawke's Bay Maori tour

Available daily between Sunrise and Sunset

Waimarama Based

Tour Description:

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, folklore we visit the remnant of Hakikino. 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.

The preservation of this culturally important and archaeologically significant site is a fascinating mix of old-world wisdom and new world innovations.  Embracing all that is available today, a native plant nursery was established and the Hakikino Conservation Reserve was created.

This mix of old and new is highlighted once again as we return to the coast, almost to where things began.  We will visit the present day Marae reservation where the cultural heartbeat of the people still beats strongly today.

Let one of our elders share with you these sacred sites: the bush folklore, 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. A friendly and relaxed encounter.

A moderate level of fitness is required. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes.

This is a private tour and is available at the time of the day that suits you.


Effective 1 September 2018 - 1 September 2020

$150 per person (minimum of 2 people) 

Transportation for up to 4 people can be provided from

Havelock North & Hastings $90

Napier $115

Rural Surcharge $50


We are happy to spend more time with you at an additional charge of  $95 per hour.


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