Bringing New Zealand to life through the oral tradition of sharing stories.

While travelling around New Zealand your clients will see some spectacular scenery, but one of our favourite things about this country is its culture of storytelling.  The stunning landscapes are made even more special when you learn the stories behind them and the local guides will often share these stories with visitors, inviting them to share in their culture.

Māori stories tell us that everything in the world is alive, related and descended from Ranginui (Rangi) the sky father and Papatūānuku (Papa) the earth mother. Through these stories we learn how the earliest Māori ancestors shaped the world, taking on forms within it, like our islands, oceans, lakes, mountains and volcanos. From love stories to the creation of the land and sky, these stories have been passed down from generation to generation, forming an oral history of New Zealand.

The earliest stories tell of creation, then the epic voyages made by ancestors from the homeland of Hawaiki to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and how they created the land formations we see today.

Later stories tell of their descendant’s adventures, deeds, battles, rivalries and love stories and your guide will show you how these adventures can be seen in the landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand. So everywhere you look there is a story to be told, bringing the scenery to life.

With over a thousand years of history, everywhere your clients travel within New Zealand they will hear these stories being shared by local guides, and different regions of the country will often have their own version of the stories dependent on their ancestry. The guides enjoy sharing these stories with visitors and new generations and in doing so they keep the oral tradition of Māori storytelling alive.

Our Trade Ambassadors heard a lot of stories on their own journey, and we’ve collected a few of their favourites here for you as a taste of what your clients can expect.

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