Te Urewera Treks is committed to operating sustainably - environmentally, culturally, socially, and financially.
We commit a large amount of time, much of it on a voluntary basis, to a range of community organisations and projects. These include Te Urewera Rainforest Route, Tuhoe Tourism Federation, Te Manawa a Hiwi Trust, Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust and The Manawaru Tribal Economic Portfolio. We are also in the process of setting up a new trust that will focus on the restoration of indigenous rainforest in Te Urewera - Rainforest Restoration Charitable Trust. To date, in partnership with Dutch tour wholesaler TravelEssence, we have planted over 8,000 native trees and raised almost NZ$10,000 towards their ongoing maintenance, as part of this rainforest restoration project.
We are committed to continuously improving the way we operate to ensure you have the best possible trekking experience with us.
Our operational principles are underpinned by the Maori concepts of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga.
The basic meaning for the term ‘tiaki’ is ‘to guard’ but it has other closely related meanings depending upon the context. Tiaki may therefore also mean, to keep, to preserve, to conserve, to foster, to protect, to shelter, to keep watch over.
The prefix ‘kai’ with a verb denotes the agent of the act. A ‘kaitiaki’ is a guardian, keeper, preserver, conservator, foster-parent, protector.
The suffix ‘tanga’ added to the noun makes it active and means guardianship, preservation, conservation, fostering, protecting, sheltering.
The basic meaning for the term 'manaaki' is 'to care for' and is mainly used to refer to looking after people.
The suffix ‘tanga’ added to the noun makes it active and means hospitality, caring for, welcoming, looking after.