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Whakatane

Sitting on the East Coast, Whakatane often boasts the highest number of sunshine hours of any other location in New Zealand and combined with its golden sand beaches (around 56km of them!) its a haven for beachgoers and surfers. It also claims to have one of the oldest Pa Sites (Maori fortification) in the country with dates estimated as far back as 1150 making this area a significant landmark in New Zealand's history.
One of the region's most unique attractions is White Island, one of the world's few accessible active volcanoes and is clearly visible from the mainland. This continuously active volcano, where sulphur-lipped fumaroles and roaring steam vents create a stark wonderland amidst the mud and ash-soaked crater, which almost bisects White Island. The acid lake in the island's depths offers an unforgettable insight into nature's primal creativity.
Other activities in the region range from deep sea fishing, kayaking, dolphin and whale viewing, mountain biking plus within the town are some great museums. Art also features with local creative trails available for visitors to follow.

Know Mataatua Cultural Immersion Experience

Know Mataatua Cultural Immersion Experience

Distinctively different from the conventional ‘hāngi and show’, Know Mataatua has been custom-tailored for visitors who would rather live the culture, than have it performed to them.
In the sacred setting of the house that came home, you are introduced to the history, the customs, the culture and the Māori people of Mataatua. In the house of the greatest ancestors, you are invited to participate in a range of ancient rituals and important customary practices that define the Ngāti Awa Māori tribe of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Discover, become familiar with and participate in genuine Māori culture in a warm and welcoming environment, guided every step of the way by your Pou Arahi, who will make sure you understand enough to experience the magic and significance of each moment. Following a guided tour and interactive cultural workshops, the experience in Mataatua Wharenui concludes with Hiko: Legends Carved in Light, before you are invited to into the wharekai (dining hall) for a sumptuous feast, comprising a selection of local delicacies and indigenous cuisine.
Poroporoaki (ritual of farewell) is the final act of the experience, where you are presented with a small tāonga (gift) in acknowledgement of the honour you have bestowed on the tribe by travelling great distances to visit their sacred house.

New Zealand touring ideas

A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip.  After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand allows you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, GPS and APP guidance plus local support mean you are in safe hands. See self drive ideas here

If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour or a private guided tour might be for you. Our range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. These tours limit the number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See our small group tours here. 

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