Tane Mahuta - God of the Forest
1 day trek
The Tane Mahuta - God of the Forest experience will take you on a physical, spiritual and meta-physical journey through magnificent native forest as well as help us to restore native indigenous trees to areas previously stripped by native logging. Be introduced to the rainforest of Te Urewera and Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane and develop your Kaitiakitanga (environmental guardianship) to the next level.
The day starts at Whakatau Rainforest Retreat in Te Urewera, where you will be greeted with a traditional welcome and a cup of tea. After getting to know one another we spend the first part of the morning learning about Tane, the God of the Forest and his family - the birds, trees, flora and fauna to name a few. Then it's on to planting natives to increase the forest habitat and building a personal connection with nature. For lunch, it's onwards to the magical Whirinaki Forest, to eat and walk under fully mature native trees, planted by nature hundreds of years a go. Your guide will share the wisdom and observation of the native maori people from the area and how they co-evolved with the environment around them.
This experience has many cultural and environmental elements to it, from the traditional welcome, whakawhanungatanga (getting to know each other), practising nature communication, etc. It would suit people who want to form a deeper connection to the natural world and their own inner self.
This experience is available between October - April of the following year, weather dependent. During the hotter months of the year, the experience will change a bit. Please enquire for booking and availability
Fitness level needed: average to good
Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate
Track terrain: Undulating
Price (subject to change): NZ$390 adults, NZ$260 children (8-15 years)
children under 8 koha (donation)
Group size: 2 – 8
Driving time to Whakatau Rainforest Retreat -from Rotorua 1hr 15min, Whakatane 1hr 30min, Taupo 1 hr 35 min