This guided walking tour with a Māori Guide is based in The Rocks where Māori have lived, loved, visited, worked and traded for over 225 years. Meeting at the harbours edge at Campbells Cove, the tour begins with an Māori welcome (mihi) and acknowledgement of traditional owners. With stunning harbour views as a back drop, you'll hear the story of the first (recorded) visit of Māori to Sydney in 1793. As we move through the historic precinct of The Rocks, you'll hear more stories of early Māori in Sydney - visiting Māori chiefs, whalers, traders, sailors, Wahine Toa (Māori women) and more. We'll visit The Rocks Discovery Museum to see greenstone treasured objects that were revealed on an archeological dig site in The Rocks - and visit the archeological dig site too. We'll also walk down Māori Lane and you'll get hands-on with cultural objects through-out the tour, which ends with waiata - song.
I'm a tour guide with Kotahi Tourism and run award-winning Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney. Originally from New Zealand (where I worked as a tour guide in the North Island), I've been living in Sydney for over 20 years. I'm Māori - Ngā Puhi, and passionate about my Culture and heritage. A proud father, I have 3 children ages 8-10. I'm also the founder and Director of the Māori Business Network and co-founder (with my wife Rika) of the Aotearoa Film Festival, which is held annually in Sydney.
- Campbells Cove with stunning views of Sydney harbour, the bridge and opera house (great place for taking photo's!). We meet under under a big fig tree by Campbells Cove jetty. - The Rocks Discovery Museum is housed in a heritage listed building and has 4 permanent exhibitions that tell the stories of The Rocks. - Hidden laneways of The Rocks - many of them are cobble-stoned. - An archeological dig site where Māori objects have been revealed.
Sunscreen, sunhat and water if hot; umbrella and wet weather gear if it's raining or looks like it will rain; suitable footwear for walking (there's some uneven surfaces and stairs); a camera.
There are some stairs and uneven surfaces so please wear sensible footwear.
Māori guided tour in The Rocks