Continue on to Whakatane to experience the ‘Real Nativ Maori Marae’ stay. Along the way, stop in the “Kiwi Capital of the World” and learn about the kiwi fruit that New Zealand is famous for. Arrive at the Marae and learn how to prepare and lay a hangi (an underground meal), meet the tribal elders, and learn more about the local people and their land from the living chiefs themselves. Set off on the Awa Korero River Walk to visit some of the most sacred ancestral sites as the Maori bring their stories to life. After returning to the marae, reveal the steaming hāngi from the ground before feasting together. Watch the Maori perform dances and songs of their area before a visit to a sacred healing hot pool, a treat for body and mind.