Glorious Bay of Plenty: Rich Land, Rich Culture


Approximately 4 hours
Easy Activity  Snack  Limited Capacity

This tour explores the incredible abundance and productivity of the land in the aptly-named Bay of Plenty.

You will meet a Maori family who are descendants of the migrants who arrived on the first ocean-going canoes from central Polynesia, more than 650 years ago. Hear their stories and enjoy their songs and dances as they trace their family history through the generations.

Walk under the green and gold kiwifruit vines with your guide and marvel at the extraordinary volume and quality of fruit produced here. Almost all of New Zealand's immense and world-famous kiwifruit crop is grown on this small pocket of land.

A freshly-prepared morning tea will be served; then, you'll have an opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs at the small market place.

Enjoy an exclusive visit (not open to the general public) to the stunning coastal headland site of a centuries-old Maori fortification (pa) with its stunning, 360-degree panoramic views and its strategic location that has been so prized and so ardently contested by neighboring Maori tribes.

Notes:

This excursion is led in English