"A new Maori Experience on the Styx River" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

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At the start of November 2007 a new Maori venture has been launched. Katoro Maori Tours offer tours in a waka, a Maori canoe that seats up to 14 people. The waka travels on the Styx River to historical Maori sites. You can learn a lot about the history of Ngai Tahu, the South Island's biggest Maori tribe, and learn about traditional fishing techniques and harvesting.

You are picked up by a Maori story teller, then transported to old Maori sites (pa), and the Styx River - Paharakeke in the Maori language Te Reo. This river is in the northern suburbs of Christchurch, and the waka are located at the lakes at the eastern end of the Styx river.

After a prayer (karakia) the training of the paddlers - you! - will begin, and after that the newly formed team will start its journey down the river. The guides explain Maori values and culture, give information about the history and ecosystem. You will see native plants and learn about the wildlife you see along the way.

If you want you can add a visit to the Willowbank, my favourite wildlife park in NZ, to your programme. There you can see kiwi in a night house, and you can attend the Kotane Maori show.

Morning sailings start at 9am, and you will be back in the city by 1pm. Pick-up for the optional programme at the Willowbank is at 4.30pm on Cathedral Square.
Afternoon departure at 2pm

Costs (as Feb. 2008)

Waka tour NZ$ 95
Waka tour plus Kiwi Wildlife Tour at the Willowbank NZ$ 116
Waka tour, wildlife tour plus Maori show Kotane NZ$ 140

othercontact: dave.brennan@paradise.net.nz
Phone: (03) 388 6375, (0800) 528 676
Website: http://www.katoro.co.nz/tours.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 11, 2008
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