3. Auckland: Maori Cultural Experience Tour
Your half-day tour through Auckland’s indigenous culture begins with morning pickup from Auckland CBD. The first stop on your tour of New Zealand’s most bustling city is Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, more commonly known as Bastion Point, the site of significant Maori protests against intrusion onto their land by European settlers.
Afterwards, head off towards the volcanic vistas of One Tree Hill, which has significance as a Maori memorial site, and to the Wintergardens, a complex of heated gardens which date back over 100 years. Your sightseeing caps off with a visit to the Mt. Eden Volcano, the city’s most significant volcanic cone, where you’ll get unmatched views of the city and harbor.
All the while, your guide will help you to understand Maori history, even teaching you some Maori sayings along the way. The last stop of your tour is at the Auckland Museum, where you’ll see a famous Haka, or traditional Maori war dance, and even get the opportunity to try a Maori temporary tattoo. Learn about traditional Maori games and instruments before heading back to your accommodation.