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Kia ora, like many other businesses at this time, we are temporarily closed for tours. It is a trying time for all people globally and we hope to see you again one day. Kia kaha, Kia maia, kia manawanui (be strong, be courageous, be determined in heart)

We are a collective of māori adventurers and entrepreneurs of Ngāi Tahu descent. Our goal is to share who we are, as Māori, with the world.

Our vision is of a collective of thriving indigenous businesses which benefit local communities, improve outcomes for whānau (families) and honor and respect our environment.

We are on a mission to nurture indigenous self-determination so we can contribute to that thriving tribal economy.

And the purpose of takiwā tourism is to connect manuhiri (visitors) to indigenous experiences and to support whānau (family) businesses to establish and thrive by providing the tools, sharing the insights and teaching the capabilities necessary for business development and growth.

We are an indigenous enterprise which means our business is driven by purpose rather than profit, so while it looks like we might just be a tourism business, at the heart of it, we’re actually in the business of producing positive social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes for indigenous whānau (families). And tourism just happens to be a vehicle that allows us to do just that!

 

Takiwā (noun);

The literal translation for takiwā refers to a tribal area, region or territory.

For us, we define takiwā as the specificity of place, which includes not only the boundaries of a region, but also the mountains, the seas, the rivers the lakes, the flora and fauna, the stories, the food, and of course the people that give heart and character to a place. Takiwā is everything that exists within a place that makes it special that gives it magic and meaning.

We hope that when you spend time with us, you will feel the essence of the takiwā you are in, you will feel like you have explored the depths our places and leave with a sense of connection to our people.

 

Experiences

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Tawanui Farm

Hurunui

1. A rural family farm stay
2. Mountain and ocean views
3. A boutique luxury camp site
4. Farm tour and animal feeding
5. Jet boat from river to ocean

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Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre

Timaru

1. A cultural and natural history museum
2. Introduction to Māori history and culture
3. Ancient artwork and artifacts
4. Visit the Māori rock art limestone caves
5. Explore an active archeological site

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Karitāne Māori Tours

Karitāne

1. Explore by traditional canoe
2. Paddle from river to coast
3. Golden beaches and epic wildlife
4. Visit a fortified village site
5. Rich Maori and European history

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Mana Charters

Awarua (Bluff)

1. Deep ocean fishing charter
2. Cruise the Southern Ocean
3. A master class in fishing
4. Traditional lobster boat
5. Highly experienced crew

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Ulva's Guided Walks

Rakiura (Stewart Island)

1. Stewart Island rare bird and plant safari
2. Discover a remote National Park
3. Track the elusive kiwi at night
4. See wildlife in a predator-free area
5. Explore with all your senses

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