Testimonials

“This tour and presentation gives you an opportunity to hear a Maori leader talk about Maori history and about modern life in New Zealand. You'll hear the Maori language and see formal ceremonies if you're lucky. You'll be able to ask questions. It is a very different experience from the large cultural performances that you might see - which are nice too. If you want highly polished, regalia clad, scripted speakers, this might not be your thing. This experience gets a little more to the heart of every day modern Maori life and how that relates to the past. Whatever you think - please be respectful of everything you see and hear.”Foodie Lover

“Must do for visitors to NZ and locals alike. Stunning way to welcome the day. Learned a lot about local Maori culture, past and present, incredibly friendly and knowledgeable hosts, given a gift, planted a tree and had breakfast - all within a couple of hours of day break.”Visitor, Auckland

“From the minute we met Annette, she engaged our group of 6 with her warm and authentic Maori spirit. Visiting the sacred site and learning many details about its history was a perfect introduction to the beginning of our New Zealand arrival. Will definitely recommend to future clients.”Visitor, Florida

“My experience was a treasure trove of Maori culture and history, from the earliest tribes until contemporary Maori people and culture in real time today. I experienced the spiritual essence of the community right along with everyday people going about their work. Folks were hospitable and kind enough to stop their work to offer coffee and scones, share their experiences and history. It was like walking into the future while looking backwards, as a Maori saying goes. If you want an authentic Maori experience with real people who are kind, generous and professional, this is the tour for you. You will not be disappointed!”Kay, New York

“Really interesting. We had Tom, our Maori guide, all to ourselves for this walk. We had a couple of hours with him explaining some of his culture and the use of the various plants. He was lovely. It seems that every plant has several uses. There are some magnificent specimens of plants and trees.”Flora, Auckland

“Our Maori guide was passionate about sharing information and interested in answering all of our questions. My husband and I felt very honored to be able to learn about the history, vibrant living culture, and beautiful land of Tamaki Hikoi. We would recommend this to anyone (couple, family, etc.) traveling to the area.”Visitor, Iowa, USA

“We booked last minute and were fortunate to be a part of a fantastic learning experience. We participated in the Heaven and Earth Tour atop Maungawhau (Mt Eden). Jaime was our guide, and gave us a history of his Maori people in Auckland and their relationship to their lands.”Visitor, Oregon

“On our first day in New Zealand we chose to go on a two hour guided walk “Heaven to Earth on Mount Eden” offered by Tamaki Hikoi. It turned out to be one of the most interesting, uplifting and entertaining things we did on our trip around New Zealand. Our experience with Tamaki Hikoi was the real thing.”Thoughtful Traveler, Wisconsin USA