The Pillars of Knowledge Tour
$325 per person
(3 hours, $325 per person in Waimārama.)
On this sunrise tour you will visit Te Kōripitanga o Tama-nui-te-Ra – the place where the stars and the sun emerge from the waters of the great Lake of Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean. It is a celestial disc that looms large over the cultural landscape of the Waimārama people. Stone sentinels ring the disc. They are the guardians, the keepers of knowledge. It is a place of power.
People gather here to remember the past and make plans for the future. Stars in the firmament remind us of loved ones lost; others track the trail of discovery that bought the first ancestors to this land. The guardians tell of the of the lore of the land; of battles won and blood spilt. People come to consult the maramataka, the lunar calendar. There is a time for all things. To plant, to harvest, to rest, to celebrate, to fear and to mourn. Entry in to this sacred and spiritual place is not guaranteed. There are customs and protocols that must be adhered to.
The guides for this tour are all members of the local Waimārama Tribe, and they will clear our way. This is their sacred knowledge and we are privileged that they are willing to share it with us. The site visit ends with a moving greeting to the new day. As is the custom of the tribe we will conclude the tour by sharing food together. Return to a family home and enjoy a cup of medicinal kawakawa tea, and time with the family, and have a light breakfast.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable clothing, outdoor footwear, hat and warm jacket if weather dictates.