Join our local Māori guide for a walk on the sacred Arahura River. Learn about the unique culture of this area with a focus on the history and traditions associated with the treasured pounamu.
Hikoi Waewae Cultural and Heritage Experience Arahura River. Meet our local Maori guide at the Arahura River bridge on Kumara Junction Highway to begin your experience. Karakia (Maori blessing ), Mihi whakatau (introduction).See, handle and learn the names of the different v Hikoi arieties of pounamu (NZ jade, greenstone). Guided walk on the sacred Arahura River. History of pounamu. Rules and legalities explained around finding pounamu. The Legend of Poutini and Waitaiki. Hear and learn Maori waiata. The Maori world view. Karakia whakamutunga (blessing to finish).