"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."
"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."
"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. Tamaki Hikoi also arranged to pick us up at our hotel and driver Casey was able to add more local colour of the city before dropping us off for lunch at Orbit 360 at the Sky Tower. Will definitely recommend to future clients"
"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!"
"Our Maori guide was Graeme. He was very professional, friendly and informative. We are both teachers and know a good pro when we see one! Superb views of Auckland; we learnt so much of the History and Geography of the area, as well as excellent insights into the Maori culture. Thanks again! Everyone should do this tour!"
"Amazing way to learn about the history of Auckland and see the city from above. A big thanks to our guide Jaime who was knowledgeable and friendly who answered all our question."
"Really interesting. We had Tom, our Maori guide, all to ourselves for this walk. The most challenging thing was to find the museum in the park where the walk was to start. Signage isn't a strong point in New Zealand. Having met up with Tom, 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. Unfortunately we didn't leave ourselves enough time to visit the museum but from the small bit we did see it would be worth a visit."
"Excellent and highly informative We were extremely pleased with our time with Jamie on this tour. He is Maori and therefore could share with us his personal history and experiences, We knew we would be having only a short time in Aukland before embarking on a two week tour of New Zealand. We wanted to be sure to learn something about the Maori people and therefore had booked this tour. It was extremely helpful, informative and inspiring. We highly recommend this for anyone who wants to learn and appreciate the history of the Maori."
"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."
"Wonderful Jamie, our guide was extremely informative, passionate and knowledgeable. We were told about the history and culture of the Maori, some of their hardships, their struggles, and how they are preparing for the future. This tour is highly recommended."
"We did the sunrise experience and we are so glad for it! We learned about Maori culture, their past and present, we planted a tree and then enjoyed a delicious breakfast. Everyone was kind and friendly and we felt as if we were among family. This is an experience that every visitor to New Zealand should try!"
"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."
"It's an amazing tour! great way to experience and understand the Maori culture. They have the best view of the mission bay. The Maori people in the tribe were very nice and good looking.^^ The sound of Maori music instrument plus the beautiful sunrise there will just make it the most memorable moments in NZ. A must see tour!"
"There were lots of people on Mount Eden and you can certainly walk to the top yourself and have gorgeous views of Auckland. But to have a local guide is even better. Rebecca was our guide for the afternoon and she was delightful. From giving us the history of the Maori tribes, the names and meanings of the mountain and other volcanoes in the area, the native trees and their historical uses, information about Auckland today, stories about growing up in Auckland, it is so worth it to hire a guide. We stopped several times as she pointed out deep depressions in the ground and explained their significance. We wouldn’t have even noticed otherwise. We took the city bus, #27 from our hotel to Mount Eden. It was a bit of a steep hike to get to the kiosk to meet Rebecca especially after getting lost. There don’t seem to be any signs in the park and we had to ask many people where the tea house/kiosk was. Most people didn’t know. In hind sight we should have taken a taxi as there is a parking lot right at the kiosk. Highly recommend this tour."