Welcome to Tāmaki Hikoi, Auckland

From the spiritual base of Ōrākei Marae guests will get an understanding of what it takes for a people to live and thrive through extreme change and adversity. You will hear of the intrinsic connection of the tribe to their lands and water. You will see how their ancestors’ playgrounds became the current generation’s classrooms. Stand in the gateway of New Zealand’s largest Wharenui (meeting house) and take in the mighty views of the Waitematā Harbour, while contemplating the history of the landscape’s many volcanoes.

EXPERIENCES AT Ōrākei Marae

Rā Karakia

As the sun begins to rise, take part in a ceremony thousands of years old. You will be greeted by one of our Kaitiaki (guides) onto Takaparawhau. As the sun rises, the call from our Kaikaranga (female caller) and putatara (carved wooden horn) travels across the Waitematā harbour towards Tama-Nui-Te-Ra (the mighty sun). As this is happening, an ancient karakia (blessing) is performed to celebrate the start of the day.

Heaven to Earth

Begin at the dormant volcano of Maungawhau (Mt Eden), the site of a majestic pā (Māori strategic stronghold) where Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Mana Whenua (host tribe) of Auckland and have been Kaitiaki (guardians) of the area for three centuries. The isthmus of Auckland is known as ‘Tamaki Makaurau’ which translates to ‘Tamaki of 100 Admirers’. The name speaks of the fertile soil and the isthmus’ easy access to the east and west coasts via the Otahuhu portage.

Home Fires of Tāmaki

Experience the cultural heart of Auckland, on our 2 hour Home Fires of Tāmaki (Auckland) tour. A short trip from the hustle of the central city, this magnificent whenua (land) is one of Auckland’s most tranquil locations.