Booking in advance is strongly suggested and waiting-list is on a first-come-first-served basis.
The half-day tour has been cancelled due to a lack of participation. The full-day Palliser Bay and marae tour on 10 July is nearly full. If you are interested in this tour exploring the history and culture of the Wellington region, you can book below until Sunday 7 July (NZT). Requests to join the tour at registration are possible, but dependent upon availability.
FULL DAY PALLISER BAY & WAIRARAPA VALLEY REGION TOUR
Wednesday 10 July – Off the Beaten Track with marae visit and traditional pōwhiri 8.5 hours
FEE based on a minimum of 25 pax: NZD $130
The tour begins at 8.30am from the Wellington i-SITE Get off the beaten track! Travel by coach around the Wellington Harbour through the Hutt Valley and over the Remutaka Pass to the Wairarapa. You will enjoy a very special welcome onto the Kohunui Marae and morning tea, enjoying a rare insight into Māori culture. The trustees of Kohunui Marae wish to extend a warm welcome to whānau (family), friends and visitors. This marae is the southernmost marae in the North Island and features the Tuhirangi meeting house which was opened in 1956. A pōwhiri (official welcome) will be performed. This includes the karanga (the visitors being called onto the marae), a speaker welcoming you in te reo Māori once you are inside and a waiata (song) after the welcoming speech, followed by morning tea and a tour of the internal features of the meeting house with a description and explanation of the carvings and tukutuku panels. Afterward, we will visit Lake Ferry and the fishing village of Ngawi with stunning views of the rugged Palliser Bay coastline, and enjoy a close encounter with the largest fur seal colony on the North Island and visit the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. The tour includes a stop at the Lake Ferry Hotel, famous for their fish and chips lunch! The tour concludes at approximately 5pm and the coach will drop off at the 4 hotel/stops.
Places visited for photo stops are: Marae welcome and morning tea, Remutaka Pass, Ngawi fishing village, the seal colony, Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Lake Ferry, and stunning scenery of the coast.
Hotel pick-ups depart: 8am Distinction Hotel. 8.10am Intercontinental Hotel. 8.20am Park Hotel (the Terrace Entrance). 8.30am Wellington i-SITE, Michael Fowler Centre, Cnr Wakefield and Cuba Street.