Maori Culture Highlights

There's a scenic 30-minute drive from the port at Mount Maunganui to visit a local Ngati Ranginui Maori Marae, where you will spend two glorious hours soaking up New Zealand's rich heritage. You will be accompanied on this easy four-hour trip by your local guide as you tour this fascinating Marae, which is the local name for a religious or cultural center. The Marae's carved meeting house, Tamatekapua, is named after the captain of the famous Te Arawa canoe, which came to New Zealand from Polynesia in 1350 As you enter the gates of the Marae, you will be warmly greeted by the tangata whenua (local people) who will take you on a unique cultural journey through Maori heritage and early New Zealand life. The tour also includes morning or afternoon tea, the chance to view wonderful Maori arts and crafts, and a colorful Maori folklore performance. You will also have plenty of time to visit the gift shop and browse for souvenirs. After a memorable couple of hours, you will board the bus for the journey back to Tauranga, via the Minden Lookout for stunning views of the Bay of Plenty. This scenic route continues along the magnificent Matapihi and Maungatapu peninsulas, where you will pass the Maori War Canoe, Te Awanui, and the downtown waterfront, before returning to your ship.
  • Tour Code


  • Location


  • Activity Types

    Cultural Events

  • Experience Types

    Culture & History

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $109.99
    Children (12 & under) from $99.99

  • Snack included!

Photography may be restricted at the Marae, however photo opportunities of the Mount Maunganui Peninsula are a must.


Morning or afternoon tea at the Marae enhances your tour experience.
Tour order may vary. Photography may be restricted and passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies. To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bottled water.

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