Te Urewera Treks was originally set up by husband and wife team Joe and Joanna Doherty.
Joe was born and brought up in Te Urewera with extensive knowledge of the region and its flora and fauna. He was of the local Ngai Tuhoe Maori tribe and trained our guides with his wealth of knowledge about traditional and contemporary Maori culture, as well as some fascinating stories about the region's histories and mysteries. Sadly Joe passed away in February 2014 but his legacy lives on through Te Urewera Treks, and much of his knowledge has been handed down to our guides, and to our new manager Hinewai McManus, Joe's niece.
Joanna is originally from England and has been living in New Zealand for over 25 years. Joanna works behind the scenes to ensure the treks run as smoothly as possible.
Our team of local guides bring you a unique dimension through our treks. As well as having an extensive knowledge of the forest and the wonderful variety of life within it, they will also share with you their knowledge about local Maori history and their own personal stories of life in and around the bush. In addition, all our guides are trained in first aid and general safety in the bush.
Hinewai McManus, Joe's niece, now manages Te Urewera Treks. Hinewai is Ngai Tuhoe and was brought up in Te Urewera. She is a fluent te reo speaker, has a wealth of knowledge about the local region, and about Tuhoe customs and practises. Hinewai comes from a background working in both conservation and tourism, and is passionate about the region, her culture and people.
Te Urewera Treks is committed to operating sustainably - environmentally, culturally, socially, and financially. Our staff commit a large amount of time, most of it on a voluntary basis, to a range of community organisations. In addition we belong to the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter and are committed to continuously improving the way we operate.
We operate our treks according to the Maori concept of kaitiakitanga which is handed down from the ancestors. It is about guardianship of the forest and the life within it so it is there for future generations to enjoy.
Manaakitanga - warm and welcoming hospitality - is something that the Tuhoe people are renowned for. At Te Urewera Treks we welcome you as our guests and hope you will leave as part of our whanau (family).