Your journey will begin with a mihi whakatau (traditional Māori greeting) and an ancient karakia (prayer).
We will then take you to the sacred Arahura River, home of the treasured pounamu (jade/greenstone). Walk with us in the footsteps of our ancestors on the Arahura River bed.
Immerse yourself in the stories of our people and the history and legends surrounding pounamu.
Enjoy light refreshments consisting of traditional Māori style cuisine.
Included in your tour
- Complimentary pick up from your Hotel or the Hokitika i-Site,
- a sampling of our traditional Māori cuisine.
Need to know!
Suitable for all fitness levels, we travel at the pace of the group.
Dress for the outdoors and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking/tramping.
A sun-hat or raincoat, depending on the weather.
Our specialist guides provide tour commentary in English only
Allow 1 and a half hours. Tours begin daily at 9am. Pick up from Hokitika I-site at 8.45am. Tours operate all year round.
Cancellations within 24 hours of tour departure will incur a 100% charge.
Cancellations within 25-72 hours of tour departure will incur a 50% charge.
Cancellations more than 72 hours before tour departure will be refunded in full.
Hīkoi Waewae will cancel tours if weather conditions may put guest safety at risk – in this event, we will advise customers as early as possible and refund 100%. We accept no further liability for cancellations due to unsafe weather conditions.
Meet your guides
Your host Rauhine and her whānau trace their ancestry back to rivers and mountains of the West Coast.
Connect with the river and mountains as they have done for generations.