Group Tours

$99 per person


3 hours – minimum 6 maximum 20

New Zealand may have been the last land to be inhabited, but it has a long history. The Hakikino Conservation Reserve is ancestral land in Waimarama and it has been set aside and protected because it is here that people lived more than 800 years ago. This history, the rich traditions and significance of the area is being conserved. The bush has been planted and regenerated by the family with more than 150,000 natives over the last 12 years.  It is intentionally left undeveloped and natural to better appreciate the beauty of the area and magnificent landscape. You’ll be guided through the area where people once lived and the native bush and there will be time to learn about local customs and traditions that are still being kept alive today.

Continue on to the sites natural wetland habitat where you will see the endangered Native eel in their distinctive environment. We will finish off with a visit to the celestial disc (the Matai Whetu)- a place high on a hill where we can enjoy 360 degree views of the surrounding area and landscapes. This is relaxed and personal way to discover the ways of Māori people.

There is some low-medium steep terrain that is navigated on our tours and does require a minimum level of fitness and comfortable walking shoes. We will always do our best to accommodate any individual needs, but the site is not wheelchair friendly. An alternative venue will be used in wet weather situations.

  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable clothing, outdoor footwear, hat and warm jacket if the weather dictates

Tour Location

As you approach the coastal village of Waimarama, the dramatic coastal landscape appears with breath-taking views of Motu O Kura in the Pacific Ocean. During the hour-long drive, your guide will entertain you with stories and legends of how their ancestors came to this land over 700 years ago.
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