Cultural Daytime Walk
12.00pm to 2.00pm
Group bookings only (Minimum 10 people)
$70.00 per person.
At the beginning of the pathway there will be a Karakia - blessing and welcome; then the Putatara call - blowing of the Conch - sounds out, letting home people further up the hill know the Manuhiri are coming. A Karanga calls out an invitation to carry on, our guide will call back letting them know who is coming. The Karanga will echo back through the bush telling us to carry on.
Talks will range from bush Kai - food and Rongoa - medicines of the bush which are still used today and the history of the Māori - how they settled here and why.
There are resting places along the way and a tree of interest to discuss.
Upon reaching the summit's platform there will be refreshments, stories about what happened in this area, the history of our Kaitiaki - guardians. A telescope will give you an amzing view of the Bay.
Head sets are available for you to hear the commentary of the bush and history of our home.
Image DGBIT Dark Sky Licenced Photos from Mark Russell © 2018
Cultural Dark Sky Tour
5.00pm to 10.00pm
Group bookings only (Minimum 20 people)
$170.00 per person.
A Traditional welcome to the Whenua o Ngati Wai ki Aotea, the land of the Ngatiwai ki Aotea people, we are the indigenous peoples of Aotea - Great Barrier Island - this is our home.
You will be greeted at the Waharoa by one of the tribal women elders, she will guide you and join you on your journey as you become one with the people of this land.
Listen to the ancient call of the Putatara - the blowing of the conch shell; this let's the people of the tribe know that someone is coming.
Immerse yourself in the cloak of Aroha - love as the first karanga - call of welcome - a sound of ancient times, cut's the still air, start your walk into the world of Tapu - you are now sacred.
Your tribal elder will return the call to let the people of the land know who you are and that you come in peace as visitors.
Hold your breath it is not over, the calls continues into the Whare - house - sometimes referred to as the 'womb of a woman".
You will be shown through the Whare to pay respects to our ancestors - those that have passed over to the other side.
Your Taumatu - heads of the tribe who are usually kaumatua elders - will then proceed with a Korero of welcome and then a Waiata Tautoko - a song - will be sung to support the speaker.)
Your turn now, as we support your group with a person, who will reply to our Taumata on your behalf and then sing the Waiata - a short song - for you. We will have a printed piece of 3 lines to be sung as a sign of acceptance and thank you for the welcome.
On conclusion of the Mihi - greeting - you will be shown how to rub noses, shake hands with one hand on shoulder or arm and lean into the Hongi which joins the sense of two people. This is an ancient ritual, which you will feel deep in your belly and is a wonderful part of this ceremony. You know you are truly part of the people as they have your breath and you have theirs.
The last part of this journey in bringing us together as one is to eat and drink together; this what we call lifting the Tapu.
We are now one.
We will then watch and take part in a presentation of the night sky by one of our night sky ambassadors before you depart on your journey back home.