T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network

Te Ara Puāwai o Te Hēnui, Historical Maori Walkway Tour

This tour begins at the mouth of Te Hānui river. The tour gives an insight into the world of the ancient Māori people - when ‘tapu’ or the sacred laws of man and his environment were never broken, when ‘pa’ or great fortresses were built to protect the people, and when ‘utu’ or the act of revenge, was resolved through war. This is our story, the story of our ancestors. It takes place between the early part of the 18th century through to the mid-part of the 19th century. As we journey along Te Henui River you will be shown locations of some of the old pa sites and you will listen to some of the stories about these sites. From the river mouth of Te Henui to approximately 2kms inland there was seven pa.

These seven pa were occupied by the local sub-tribe of this area which is Ngāti Tūparikino. The main tribe or Iwi in this region is Te Atiawa.

Cost: $45 per person (please book in advance)
Times: 11.30am and 3.30pm
Contact: +64 6 758 7003 or +64 21 270 1502
Note: There will be no tours on game days during the Rugby World Cup.

Below is a brochure on the tour