Ma nga tapuwae o mua nga tapuwae o muri e tohua ai. Past footprints lead future steps.
The Arahura River is the only privately owned river in New Zealand. It is revered by Maori throughout Aotearoa as the spiritual homeland of the treasured pounamu (greenstone)
By booking this tour with Hikoi Waewae Cultural and Heritage Guided Walks, you will be privledged to enjoy exclusive access, with our knowledgeable Ngati Waewae guide.
Learn about pounamu and how it's discovery changed the course of history for early Maori. Hear how it is still relevant and continues to shape our identity today.
Learn purakau (legends), pakiwaitara (history), and whakapapa (genealogy) including how Te Tai Poutini (West Coast) got its name. Enjoy a hike in the magnificent Arawhataraki valley. Take in the spectacular vista of the second gorge on the sacred Arahura River. Experience the thrill of crossing one of the narrow swing bridges located in the upper reaches of this beautiful crystal clear river. Photo opportunities abound in this natural wonderland, rarely seen by most travellers. On the return, spend some lesurely time rock hopping the magnificent boulder strewn river bed, while looking for a precious taonga kohatu (treasured stone) to take with you as a reminder of your time with us.
The taonga kohatu from the Arahura River are known for their qualities of healing and peace.
This is our koha (gift) to you. We hope you accept it in good faith and share healing and peace wherever you are in the world.
As part of this tour, you will also get to visit the tranquil Lake Kaniere and learn how the lake and the Arahura River were essential sites for early Maori.
This is a full day tour, around 5-6 hours duration, including travel there and back. It is recommended you bring a packed lunch and suitable snacks.

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  • alarm Duration: 300
  • person Age: All Ages
  • people Group Size: Min 2 Max 6

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  • Packages start from NZ$360.00pp

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