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Te Ara Whakatipu

September 29, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Te Ara Whakatipu

The path of discovery: 30th September – 7th October

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This is a Ngāi Tahu journey never forgotten. Consider this epic hike into the most untouched and pristine of landscapes. Meet a legendary facilitation crew, explore waterfalls and coastlines, listen to our iwi leaders – it’s all part of Te Ara Whakatipu (the pathway to discovery).  Nau mai haere mai, enrol and join this mission of a lifetime!

When:     Sunday 30th September – Sunday 7th October, 2018
Where:   Whakatipu Waitai/Hollyford Valley
What:     Six day haerenga + 2 days travel (8 days all up)
Who:      13 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi between the ages of 15 and 18 years

What’s it about?

This seven-day adventure is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to explore their connection to Ngāi Tahutanga, connection to the natural environment, and connection to themselves (self-identity/leadership/values).

Delivered by a combination of Ngāi Tahu leaders, professional guides, experienced Hollyford Track staff and tangata whenua, this programme weaves rangatahi outdoor leadership with Ngāi Tahutanga. It was developed by Kara Edwards (Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio member) and is funded by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in conjunction with Ngāi Tahu Tourism business The Hollyford Track, which generously offers their luxury lodge, jet boat, staff and expertise to this kaupapa, and the hīkoi.

The programme includes a 21km walk (each way), outdoor bush skills, Te Reo Māori, waiata/haka, whanaungatanga and learning in a remote area of significant cultural value and absolute beauty.

This seven-day hīkoi includes one day travelling south (to the start of hīkoi, in Te Anau) and one day travelling home. The other five days are spent immersed in the beauty of Whakatipu Waitai/ The Hollyford Valley – a very important traditional pounamu trail linking Te Tai Poutini with Ōtākou and Murihiku.

Te Ara Whakatipu acknowledges the manawhenua of both Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and Ōraka-Aparima Rūnanga.


September 29, 2018
October 7, 2018


Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
+64 3 366 4344
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