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Maori art and culture with Melissa with Melissa




Young, full of passion for her Maori heritage, gorgeous and bright. So much in just one person. Melissa is of Maori and Pakeha (European) heritage. Her iwi (tribe) is Nga Puhi and her hapu (sub tribes) are Ngati Kahu and Te Rarawa. Melissa's varied background includes working as a theatre producer, charity fundraiser, personnel consultant and educator. She grew up on a beach in the far north of New Zealand before moving to Auckland to study at the University of Auckland focusing on Maori art and traditional culture. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for Maori art is contagious. Consider yourself warned; you may become a Maori art enthusiast too by the end of this day trip.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pick up from your Auckland accommodation by your local guide
  • Visit West Auckland’s beautiful Waitakere Range’s rainforest and a wild black sand beach to learn of the Maori concepts of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the land and connection to the forest and the sea.
  • Hear the Maori creation stories of nature and how these themes are referenced in art and design during the rest of your day
  • Meet a very charismatic Maori master wood carver
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch with the artist in his home. Spend time getting to know him, sharing kai (food) and laughter whilst learning about carving, symbolism, moko (he has a traditional full facial tattoo), his life and how many forms of Maori art are incorporated into it.
  • Visit a selection of Maori art galleries, New Zealand and Maori design stores, ceramics and jewellery studios.
  • Indulge in Melissa’s passion and knowledge of Maori art, contemporary culture and Maori stories and history

Pricing and Inclusions

$1,188.00 NZD based on two passengers
Includes full day of private guiding and lunch with a Maori artist.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN AUCKLAND (not included in tour price)

Stafford Villa - Luxury Option

Stafford Villa, is a gracious historic double bay villa one of the original homes located in Birkenhead Point, lovingly restored in 1999. Close to the water and surrounded by tropical trees and shrubs. Guestrooms are exquisitely furnished, have king beds and offer all the little extras to make sure your stay is one to remember.
5 star Qualmark accredited

Scenic Circle Airedale Hotel  – Deluxe Option

Situated on the corner of Queen and Airedale Streets, you’ll appreciate the Hotel’s superb location that puts some of Auckland’s best attractions at your doorstep. The hotel is a leisurely walk to the  waterfront and downtown shopping area. This well-loved and historic landmark, formerly known as the MLC Building, has been completely refurbished and transformed.. The art deco charm of the 1950’s is reflected throughout the hotel’s architecture with beautifully presented areas . The guest rooms have a modern apartment style, yet carry the art deco theme through in the finer details.
3+ star Qualmark accredited




When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Melissa, a Donation  of $10.00
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Colwyn - Bay of Islands Exploration with Colwyn

Melissa - Maori art and culture with Melissa

Dee and Mike - Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Dee and Mike

Chad - Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Chad

Damian - Bush and Beaches with Damian - 2 Days / 3 Nights

Ben - It just has to be Ben!

Simon and Cath - Fishing and Fun with Simon and Cath 2 Days / 2 Nights

Geoff - Wine Indulgence with Geoff 1 Day / 2 Nights

Pete and Takutai - On the Water with Pete and Takutai - 1/1 1/2 & 2 Days / 2 Nights

Peg - Art and Design in Picton with Peg

Tony and Maree - The highlights of Christchurch with Tony and Marka

Mark - The Southern Alps by 4WD with Mark 1 - 2 day / 3 nights

Matt - West Coast Experience with Matt 3 Days / 2 Nights

Ron - Secrets of Fiordland

Brian - Wildlife Wonders with Brian 1-4 Days / 3 Nights






 
 
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