What you'll do
Experience the cultural heart of Auckland, on a 2-hour Home Fires of Tāmaki (Auckland) tour in Ōrākei. A short trip from the hustle of the central city, this magnificent whenua (land) is one of Auckland’s most tranquil locations. Meet me, your kaiarahi (guide) at the Michael J Savage Memorial, overlooking the spectacular Waitematā harbour. As ahikaa (keepers of the home fire of Auckland), I will provide a first-hand experience of the rich history of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei (local tribe), how we practise our cultural traditions and village life in modern day society. Soak in picturesque 360° views towards Orākei Marae (traditional meeting house), looking across the harbour to Rangitoto Island, Auckland City and beyond. The photo opportunities are limitless. Explore abandoned barracks and native bush, as you walk through our award-winning regeneration project “Ko Te Pūkākī”, while your experienced kaiarahi shares history and cultural tales of our tribe and Auckland. Finish the tour at Takaparawhau, a significant location in our history with the opportunity to sit with me, your guide and ask questions, or use the time to take more spectacular pictures.
Kia Ora (hello), Ko Māhuhu ki te rangi te waka Ko Maungakiekie te maunga Ko Waitematā te moana Ko Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tōku iwi Ko Ngā oho, Te Tāōū, Te Uringutu ōku hapū Ko Tuperiri te tangata Ko Te Hoa Cole (Maihi) tōku māmā Ko Alan Cole tōku pāpā Ko Tui-kay Cole ahau This is my pepeha (my story) in my native language Māori of how I am here today. My canoe, my mountain, my ocean, my tribe, my sub tribe, my descendant, and my mum and dad who had me. I have traveled the world, I have seen amazing places and I have learnt a lot about different nationalities and cultures. Now I want to share my culture - the Maori culture with visitors to Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland). My iwi (tribe) is Ngati Whatua Orakei and with me, you will hear our stories.
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Where you'll be
We will walk across Takaparawhau or Bastion Point in Orakei. The views from this site take in the Auckland CBD and the magestic Rangitoto that sits proudly in the Waitemata Harbour. You will see our marae or meeting house and learn about the flora and fauna on our land.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests ages 8 and up can attend. If you have a group larger than 4 please contact us via email.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Please carry a raincoat and umbrella and wear comfortable walking shoes. Some days the grass can get quite wet so waterproof walking shoes are perfect! The walking is pretty easy and we go slow so lots of time to stop and take in the views. Bring your camera!
Maori Guided Walking Tour