Points of Interest

 All areas
Copthorne Hotel Grand Central
Go Kiwi Hotel Pass
Stewart Island Lodge
 Activity or tour
18 Day Pacific Escapade
Air Safaris
Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park
Air New Zealand Flights
Tranz Scenic Rail
Real Journeys - Stewart Island
Airport Gateway Hotel Auckland
Best Western President Hotel
Cherry Court Motor Lodge
Citylife Auckland
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Crowne Plaza Auckland
Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport
Heritage Auckland
Hilton Hotel Auckland
Hotel DeBrett
Hotel Pullman Auckland
Oaks iStay Residences
Quay West Suites Auckland
Rendezvous Hotel Auckland
Rydges Auckland
Rydges Harbourview Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
SKYCITY Hotel Auckland
Stafford Villa Auckland
The Langham
The Quadrant
The Sebel Suites
 Activity or tour
AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping, Auckland
Ananda Tours
Auckland America's Cup Sailing ...
Bush and Beach
Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via 90 ...
Great Sights - Auckland
Kelly Tarltons Underwater World
Mohio Tours
Pride of Auckland
Salt Air
TIME Unlimited Tours
 Bay of Islands
Peppers Carrington Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of ...
The Lodge at Kauri Cliff
Paihia Pacific Resort
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
 Activity or tour
Adventure Puketi
Bay of Islands Dolphin/Sail Combo
Culture North
Otehei Bay
Waitangi Golf Club
Bay Of Islands Dolphin Cruises ...
Great Sights Tours - Overnight ...
Sailing & Dolphins, Bay of Islands
 Bay of Plenty
 Activity or tour
Kiwi 360
Spring Loaded Adventures
 Activity or tour
Explore Marlborough Tour
Marlborough Wine Tours
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Antonio's Motor Lodge
Chateau on the Park
Heritage Christchurch
Holiday Inn City Central ...
Holiday Inn on Avon Christchurch
Huntley Lodge
Ibis Christchurch
Otahuna Lodge
Peppers Clearwater Resort ...
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rydges Christchurch
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Terra Vive Luxury Motor Lodge
The George
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass
Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
 Activity or tour
Air Force Museum Christchurch
Alpine Horse Safari
Arthur's Pass National Park
Canterbury Leisure Tours
Christchurch - Canterbury
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Kiwi Encounter
Great Sights - Christchurch
HELiPRO Christchurch
Hot Air Balloon Ride in ...
International Antarctic Centre ...
New Zealand Skydiving School
Nimbus Paragliding
Orana Wildlife Park
Russley Golf Club, Christchurch
Southern Encounter Aquarium ...
Waimak Jet Boat Tour
Welcome Aboard Christchurch
 Hunting and fishing
Lilydale Wilderness Area
Pure New Zealand Hunting
Black Cat Cruises
Fletcher Lodge
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
 Activity or tour
Elm Wildlife Tours
Larnach Castle
Marine Studies Centre
Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Nature Guides Otago
Otago Museum
Penguin Place
Royal Albatross Colony
Speight's Gold Medal Ale
 Franz Josef/Fox Glacier
Bella Vista Motel: Franz Joesph ...
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
High Peaks Hotel Fox Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Wanaka Springs Lodge
Westwood Lodge
 Activity or tour
Fox Glacier Guiding
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Glacier Helicopters Scenic ...
Glacier Hot Pools
Helicopter Line
Hollyford Track
Mount Cook Ski Planes
Scenic Flights Alpine Adventures
Ocean Beach Motor Lodge
Ashley Hotel Greymouth
 Activity or tour
Kea Heritage Tours
New Zealand Discovery Adventures
Ballinor Motor Inn
Le Grand Boutique Hotel
 Activity or tour
The Legendary Black Water Rafting ...
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Fyffe Country Lodge, Kaikoura
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
 Activity or tour
Canterbury Trails - Kaikoura
Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura
Kaikoura Kayaks
Seal Swim
Whale Watch
Wings Over Whales
 Lake Hawea
Lake Hawea Holiday Park
 Hunting and fishing
Glen Dene
 Activity or tour
Aoraki Balloon Safaris
 Naiper/Hawkes Bay/Martinborough
Peppers Parehua Martinborough
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
The County Hotel Napier
The Crown Hotel Napier
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Nautilus
Travelodge Palmerston North
 Activity or tour
Art Deco Trust
Bay Tours & Charters
Grape Escape
Long Island Guides of Hawke's Bay
Mission Estate Winery
National Aquarium of New Zealand
New Zealand Wine Centre
Takaro Trails
Heartland Hotel Marlborough
Old St Marys Convent
Raetihi Lodge
Sherborne Villa Nelson
The Portage Resort Hotel
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco
 Activity or tour
Abel Tasman Air
Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
Bay Tours Nelson
Happy Valley Adventures
Helipro Helicopter Adventures
Marlborough Travel
Simply Wild
The Resurgence
Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park
World of Wearable Art & Classic ...
Azur Lodge
Blanket Bay
Copthorne Hotel & Resort ...
Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Distinction Te Anau Hotel
Eichardts Hotel Queenstown
Glenorchy Lake House
Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Heritage Queenstown
Millenium Hotel Queenstown
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Oaks Shores Resort
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
Scenic Suites Queenstown
Sofitel Queenstown
Hotel St Moritz
Te Anau Distinction Luxmore
 Activity or tour
Air Fiordland the Friendly Scenic ...
AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping, ...
Appellation Central Wine Tours
Bularangi Motorbikes
Dart River Jet Safaris
Double Decker Bus Tour
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Frogz White Water Sledging
G Force Paragliding
Gibbston Valley Winery
Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters
Hollyford Track
Kawarau Jet
Miford Sound
Milford Track
Nomad Safaris
Queenstown Rafting
Queenstown Sea Kayaks
Queenstown Wine Trail
Shotover Jet
Skyline Queenstown
Southern Discoveries
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Trail Jouneys
TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High ...
Air Milford
Real Journeys - Milford Sound
Armitage Hotel Tauranga
Distinction Rotorua
Hotel Ibis Rotorua
Koura Lodge Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Pepper on the Point
Regent of Rotorua Hotel
Rydges Rotorua
Silver Fern Motor Inn
Sudima Hotel Rotorua
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
 Activity or tour
Agrodome the Unique NZ Experience
Elite Adventures
HeliPro Rotorua
Hells Gate Waiora Spa
Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences
Nature Connection
New Zealand Riverjet
Off Road NZ
Paradise Valley Springs
Polynesian Spa
Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park
Rotorua Duck Tours
Rotorua Museum of Art & History
Skyline Rotorua
Tamaki Maori Village
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
River Rats Rafting & Kayaking
Bayview Chateau Tongariro
Bayview Wairakei Resort Hotel ...
Beechtree Motel
Hilton Lake Taupo
Huka Lodge
Lakeland Resort Taupo
The Point Villas
 Activity or tour
Chris Jolly Outdoors
Huka Falls
Huka Falls Jet
Huka Falls River Cruise
Huka Prawn Park
Paradise Tours
Taupo Bungy
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo Tandem Skydiving
Wairakei Terraces
Whirinake Rainforest Experiences
Kiwi River Safaris
Rapid Sensations
 Hunting and fishing
Chris Jolly Outdoors
Fly Fish Taupo
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Peppers Bluewater Resort
 Activity or tour
Earth and Sky
Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking
Tekapo Helicopters
Edgewater Resort
Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort
Mackenzie Country Inn Twizel
 Activity or tour
Aspiring Air
Aspiring Helicopters
Classic Flights, Vintage Tiger ...
Eco Wanaka Adventures
New Zealand Scenic Flights
Ridgeline Adventures
Wanaka Flightseeing
Wanaka River Journeys
Wanaka U-Fly
Wilkin River Jets
Amora Hotel Wellington
Bay Plaza Hotel Wellington
CityLife Wellington
Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
Hermitage Mount Cook
Rydges Wellington
Intercontinental Wellington
Museum Hotel
Wharekauhau Country Estate
 Activity or tour
Flat Earth
Hammonds Scenic Tours
HELiPRO Wellington
Zest Food Tours

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Mohio Tours

Urban Maori Experience

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Urban Maori Experience - Mohio Tours.

An unhurried & deep exploration of a living breathing culture.

Maximum group size = 8
10am to 6pm
Urban Landscapes, Local Culture, Native Rainforest & Black Sand Beaches

The 'Urban Maori Experience' is the unique Mõhio version of an 'Auckland Orientation Trip'. We've combined the best parts of this harbour-side city; our ancient Maori culture, history and protocols; Auckland's love of café culture; one of the city's 48 volcanoes; urban Polynesian influences; lush native rainforest & some spectacular black sand coastline. We mixed this eclectic concoction together, took care to discard the 'touristy bits', distilled the mixture over the last six years of touring, then added a smart, flexible, knowledgeable Maori guide to serve it up to you with their own personal style.

The result is the Urban Maori Experience & we guarantee that if you are looking for a tour with a difference that has substance, beauty & a true insiders' perspective – then this it.

The detailed itinerary:
Firstly we visit an extinct volcano, named Maungakiekie – also known as One Tree Hill. It was originally the site of the paramount Auckland Maori fortified village. See stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City and Rangitoto Island. You can see the harbours coming in from the East Coast (Pacific Ocean) & the West Coast (Tasman Sea) from this spot, which is one of the highest points in the city.

As we sit with you on Maungakiekie we will explain to you about the traditional history of this sacred mountain and point out evidence of the 5,000 member Maori community who lived in this area, tell stories about the reason why this hill is so significant to local Maori & explain about the controversial history of more recent times.

Next we drive out to a boutique village in a gentrifying trendy little local neighborhood. There you can buy your lunch at an excellent cafe, & we can enjoy mixing with the locals over a tasty lunch & some great espresso coffee (your guide will point out the unique NZ options on the menu). We will also take time to view some authentic Maori and NZ made arts & crafts in a contemporary Maori design store & art gallery.

After lunch we set off for the West Coast, driving through a few suburbs to illustrate the different architectural styles of the city. However most of the drive is on 'Scenic Drive', through the beautiful native rainforest. We will stop for a photo opportunity overlooking the rainforest. As we drive we will tell you the origin of our company name & related stories about the exploits of Maui Potiki. Plus we share a few of our own personal experiences of growing up Maori, our unique sense of place in New Zealand, the Maori education system etc.

Our next stop will be a bush walk in the rainforest. Here you will be able to walk amongst the plants & trees & learn some of our ancestral knowledge of the traditional Maori medicinal & practical uses for them. Hopefully we will spot some of the variety of birdlife that live in the valley – for example the enormous native Kereru (wood pigeon), Tui, Fantails etc. Learn about the Maori Creation stories & Tane Mahuta - the God of the Forest. We choose different walks to suit the group we have on the day, to ensure a great experience for everyone.

We finish the day in the realm of Tangaroa God of the Sea with a walk along the velvety sands of one of Auckland's famous black sand surf beaches. There will be time to take plenty of photographs of the beautiful scenery, & your guide will be with you to take photos of you & explain what you are seeing.

Throughout the day we will use personal anecdotes to help explain contemporary Maori culture & it's unique place as a valued part of New Zealand culture.

This is a brilliant tour to start your exploration as it will give a context for many things you will see & hear, & help you to see things you may otherwise miss. If however you only manage to fit us in at the end, then hopefully it will help you to make sense of many of the things you have seen & experienced during your travels around our country!


Mõhio Tours are tourism award-winning specialists in Auckland sightseeing, with an indigenous twist.

We offer small group and private tours. Our tours range from introductions to contemporary Maori culture and beautiful local landscapes right through to specialist art tours and insider guide city tours.

You will gain a unique perspective as we introduce 'our Auckland and our Aotearoa (New Zealand)' through local eyes. We specialize in showcasing Maori culture as alive, vibrant, evolving and relevant in mainstream society.

Auckland has stunning scenery including lush coastal rainforest, wild West Coast black sand surf beaches, pristine East Coast marine reserves, former Maori fortified villages, a protected bird colony and two beautiful harbours. Put this alongside an edgy, world class arts scene, great local food, wine and coffee, weave in Pacific and Maori cultures – then add a knowledgeable local guide and you have the recipe for a great time!

Tom Smith Travel
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Tom Smith
Tom Smith Travel

P.O. Box 28134
Portland, OR 97228 US
Office:   503-477-5341
Cell:   503-410-1517