15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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Pre & Post Touring

The World Indigenous Tourism Summit encourages you to delve further into New Zealand and explore the beautiful country that is Aotearoa. We recommend you take a look at the following areas regional websites and use the contact information provided to find out more information on local tourism operators.

To find Māori tourism experiences throughout New Zealand, please refer to NZ Māori Tourism's website here.



Northland - Te Tai Tokerau


In Northland, you'll gain an insight into the coming together of two peoples, Māori and Pakeha. Northland is renowned for its spectacular coastlines, marine reserves and kauri forests. The natural landscape is a specialty, full of amazing opportunities to connect with the land, sea and forest. Northland attracts visitors for its pristine white sandy beaches, maritime sports and a relaxed pace, authentic Māori culture, natural wonders, and stories about the heritage and people. 

To read more: Northland I-Site



Northland Tours

The following tours are being offered to all delegates attending the Summit. All tours will start and finish at the Copthorne Bay of Islands & Resorts reception. Please indicate which tours you would like to attend when registering. If you have already registered and would like to register for a tour, please email olivia@conference.nz

1. Tu Tika Tours
Become a part of our whanau and learn about New Zealand's beautiful Maori culture directly from knowledgeable and passionate descendants of the land. Experience the warmth of true Maori hospitality with an extravaganza of traditional Maori tikanga practices including art, kai/food, and history sharing. Meeting our iconic Kiwi and Tuatara at our Kiwi House will be a highlight.

Dates: Thursday 19 April (full day) & Friday 20 April (full day)
Time: Pick up 8:00am | Drop off 4:00pm
Cost: $325pp NZD (incl. GST)

2. Whispering Trails

Lunch included 
Dates: Saturday 14 April (full day), Thursday 19 April (half day) & Friday 20 April (half day)
Time: Pick up 7:15am | drop off 3:30pm | Pick up 5:45am | drop off 1:00pm
Option 1: $220pp NZD (incl. GST)
Option 2: $400pp NZD (incl. GST)

3. Papatuanuku Earth Mother Tours
You'll be picked up from your accommodation and visit the Oromahoe Kauri Forest (a 20 minute drive from Paihia). You'll be taken on a one hour guided tour of the forest and how traditional Maori used the natural world to live, to heal and to nourish and support their families. After the forest walk you drive 30 minutes to the Kawiti Glow-worm Caves. Light refreshments will be served and you'll be taken on a historical guided tour through the caves by Tangata Whenua (the people of the land). Once completed you'll be taken back to your accommodation.

Date: Sunday 15 April (half day) & Wednesday 18 April (half day)
Time: Sunday - Pick up 9:00am | drop off 12:30pm | Wednesday - Pick up 1:00am | drop off 4:30pm
Cost: $100pp NZD (incl. GST)

4. Stay Native Tours
Join local Maori for an overnight marae stay where we will pick you up and immerse you in a rich cultural experience. We will share with you bits of our culture through a range of tours of the local land, as well as a range of interactive workshops and activities all under the roof of our sacred whare or meeting house. The experience includes transportation, food and accommodation for the duration of your stay with us. Nau mai, haere mai.

Date: Wednesday 18 April (overnight), Thursday 19 April (overnight), Friday 20 April (overnight)
Time: Pick up: 1:00pm | drop off 1:00pm following day

Cost: $165pp NZD (incl GST)



The Waikato is well known for its nature-based tourism, underground wonders, Middle Earth movie magic and iconic Waikato River. Explore Hamilton (Kirikiriroa) City's urban attractions, the stunning black sand beaches of Raglan, and ancient bush-clad mountains. The region is home to the iconic Waitomo Caves and Hamilton Gardens while parkland and mountain ranges offer fantastic walking, hiking and cycling trails.

To read more: Hamilton I-Site





Experience a volcanic wonderland where the land steams, mud and water bubble and geysers erupt into the air. A place where the Earth's crust is thin and the history dense, surrounded by sparkling lakes and thousands of hectares of native forest. A nature lover's playground where you can experienāce Mori culture and satisfy your inner adrenalin junkie, all while exploring a geothermal wonderland and beautiful beaches.

To read more: Rotorua I-Site




Wellington - Te Whanganui a-Tara

Called the world's 'coolest little capital' Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class cafe and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital city with the warmth and personality of a village. Spectacular coastlines, big skies, wide valleys and colonial townships make up the Wairarapa, one of the country's top wine and food destinations, with the surrounding lands covered in vineyards, olive groves and beef, sheep and dairy farms.

To read more: Wellington I-Site




Christchurch - Ōtautahi

Christchurch offers visitors one of the worlds most unique destinations. Urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flow through the city with new restaurants and bars, street art and inspirational transitional projects, all the while staying true to its heritage.

To read more: Christchurch I-Site



Kaikōura boasts an astonishing variety of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals and albatross, and provides an unforgettable location throughout the region.

To read more: Kaikoura I-Site


15-18 April 2018, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, Northland AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

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