Take a guided walk through Auckland’s magnificent volcanic landscape with a guide from the local Māori tribe, Ngāti Whātua.
Your guide will share a wealth of customary knowledge that will connect you to the iconic Auckland landscape through stories and songs.
This unique way to experience Auckland’s city is ideal to incorporate into either a partner programme or delegate activity and can be customised to suit small to large groups.
Walking attire is recommended.
- Walking distance to nearest parking: Parking available
- Distance from CBD: 10km
Choose from 3 different options:
The Heaven To Earth Hikoi (starts at Mt Eden)
This walk begins at the dormant volcano Maungawhau (Mt Eden), the site of a majestic pā (Māori strategic stronghold). You will walk past iconic Auckland landmarks, stopping along the way at places of historical significance to Ngāti Whātua. Your guide brings Auckland’s unique landscape alive through storytelling, song and customs. Your journey will come to an end with light refreshments (with a New Zealand flavour) at the Auckland Domain, home of the Auckland Museum. We are able to time your arrival so that you can experience the Museum’s Māori cultural performance and / or gallery tour (please note that payment for these is separate).
Puke Hill (starts at Auckland Museum)
Find out the story of Pukekawa – the Māori name for one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks in the Auckland Domain. Situated near the city centre, the Domain is a dormant volcanic crater. It was once the residence of the first Māori King, and is currently home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Expert guides from Ngāti Whātua will interpret for you the cultural and natural landscape of this historic place. We are able to time your tour so that you may experience the Museum’s Māori cultural performance and / or gallery tour should you wish (please note that payment for these is separate).
Whenua Rangatira Hikoi (starts at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial)
Walk the land of Ngāti Whātua alongside our carved meeting house at Ōrākei and peaceful Takaparawhau (Bastion Pt) which overlooks the beautiful Waitematā Harbour. Only a few decades ago, this land was the scene of occupation and protest by members of Ngāti Whātua, who were opposed to the taking of our ancestral land by government. Learn the history of the passive resistance at Takaparawhau which was a significant part of the renaissance of Māori pride, identity and culture. Hear testimonials by those who were part of the historic protest; stories of struggle and loss, but ultimately, revitalisation. The Whenua Rangatira Hikoi is the story of an indigenous peoples success.
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