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“Great introduction to a rich culture”

Maori Tours Kaikoura
Ranked #12 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura
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Owner description: A real insight into Maori people and our way of life. Join our family for a half day tour that combines stories of our ancestors, laughter and learning with weaving and a bushwalk to discover how we use plants. Throughout the journey you'll be involved and you can ask questions about the things you really want to know about. Awarded Best Cultural Experience in NZ 4 times following traveller reviews - Let us show you why.
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great introduction to a rich culture”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Disappointed last trip to New Zealand that we didn't get a lot of exposure to the Maori culture and we were really pleased to join Morris' small tour on afternoon a few weeks back.

They are great for the whole family and the engagement is positive, friendly and very welcoming.

Price was good value and entertaining, thanks to Morris and his family! A highlight of our two weeks.

Visited January 2014
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Kaikkiwi, Owner at Maori Tours Kaikoura, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Pleased you enjoyed your time with us and thanks for posting such a great review!
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Southern Finland, Finland
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Excellent hospitality”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Fantastic tour explains what it is to be a maori and life of maori both in the past and today. Maurice is an excellent host and whole of his family greets you warmly. Tour to local maori places is well organized and you also have a possibility to become a firend of a maori family. Cant enough thank you for this possibility. Rima, sister of Iwa from Finland

Visited January 2014
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Kaikkiwi, Owner at Maori Tours Kaikoura, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
It was our pleasure to meet you this time - don't forget to call in when you next visit NZ or we'll be in touch if we ever get to Finland - thanks for writing this lovely review.
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Warm and personalised”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Kaikoura Maori Tour seemed quite expensive, but turned out to be a really good decision. We piled into our guide, Maurice’s mini-bus and picked up the only other two guests, a couple from England. With Maurice was his 10 year old grandson who sang a traditional song as we approached the remains of the historic pa. The site was dedicated by Maurice’s grandfather to the people of Kaikoura, Maori and paheka. The tour also included a forest walk, weaving with flax, learning a song written by a family member for the tours, and morning tea at Maurice and Heather’s home. We drank tea made from the Kowa Kowa plant, which we saw growing on the forest walk, along with ancient totara and rimu trees. We tasted the tips of the supplejack vine, a flavour very similar to green beans. We really felt culturally inducted and it helped us with the rest of our stay to know proctocols such as hongi (pressing noses ).

Visited January 2014
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Kaikkiwi, Owner at Maori Tours Kaikoura, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Appreciate the review Zela - you sure took loads in and we really appreciate you sharing on Tripadvisor - say hi to Glenn and take care.
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Highlight of our Honeymoon to New Zealand”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

This tour was incredible. We traveled to Kaikora for the whales, but loved it for this tour. If you are looking for an authentic, educational, personal Maori experience, this tour is for you. Maurice and his family are incredibly welcoming and so knowledgeable. There are no gimmicks or costumes - just a true experience in the Maori culture both as it is today, and as it once was. It literally brings tears to my eyes when I think how wonderful the tour and Maurice and his family was. It is a very, very special experience that should not be missed.

Visited November 2013
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Kaikkiwi, Owner at Maori Tours Kaikoura, responded to this review, 19 December 2013
This is a lovely review Beth - thanks so much for taking the time to write it. Wishing you both much joy in your journey of marriage and remember to stand in the heart of the day!
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Vernon, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Do not miss this tour”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

To get right to the point, out of everything we experienced on a great holiday to Australia and New Zealand, this was the best. My wife felt ill the day of the tour, and couldn't make it. But my son and I went. We drove up from Christchurch and returned the same day just for this tour. it was well worth it. Maurice, his wife and niece made this a day to cherish. It was a small group, just three of us the day of the tour. Maurice met us, and was full of warmth, and made us feel at once welcome. I would say the tour was divided into four parts. First to a sacred location where he taught us the Maori greeting, history of this location, gave us a song which we would sing many times, and gave us Maori names. Then off to another location where we learned how to weave from flax, and were told how this location was preserved so that returning Maori would always have a home to return to. We then went to Maurice's home where we met his wonderful wife, Heather who provided tea and light snacks. The tea made from local plants was just wonderful, wish I could have procured some. Then off for a bushwalk, where Maurice instructed us on traditional uses of the local flora. Again, we sang our song many times. He complimented our singing, which is a true act of kindness as anyone who has heard my "singing" will attest.
His warmth, patience, and eagerness to share his people's stories knows no bounds. He ended presenting us a gift to remember the day by.
As I write this review, I remember something I had forgotten to do. That is purchase a local plant in the "Trees for Travelers" program in Kaikoura. A great program, which had slipped my memory. Will do it as soon as I finish this. A small way to give thanks for a great day, in a great country. Hope to return. Thanks Maurice!

Visited September 2013
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Kaikkiwi, Owner at Maori Tours Kaikoura, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
WOW - awesome review and much appreciated by us all. It was a shame Roberta was ill and couldn't make it. We think it means you must return again. Thanks again and take care - Heather, Maurice and Ani.
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