Taupo¯’s culture on display
A Taupo¯ business is embracing Ma¯ori culture by adding a cultural cruise on Lake Taupo¯ .
On Thursday Chris Jolly Outdoors’ launched their new initiative - the Taurikua Ma¯ ori Cultural Scenic Cruise which educates passengers about the Ma¯ ori Kaupapa of the area.
‘‘The unique Taurikura Maori Cultural Experience is the first of its kind in Great Lake Taupo¯ and a great outing for the entire family as there are plenty of activities to keep the little - and not so little - ones entertained,’’ Katie Jolly, Chris Jolly Outdoors Director, said.
‘‘It is an entertaining, educational experience showcasing the traditions of Tuwharetoa.’’
Jolly said they realised that there was a gap in the market for visitors wanting to experience Maori culture in the Great Lake Taupo¯ region.
‘‘Working with the local Te Kura Kaupapa facility and its community, we are delighted to offer this interactive cultural experience on board Cruise Cat,’’ she said.
‘‘We wanted something that would touch people’s hearts with the culture of Tuwharetoa, and Taurikura has achieved this.’’
Visitors are welcomed with a powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) as they board the boat. As Cruise Cat sails across the Lake towards the Maori Rock Carvings, visitors enjoy waiata (Maori songs), kapa haka and stories of the Tuwharetoa district.
As it is an interactive show, the opportunities to participate are an exciting opportunity for guests.
They can choose to participate in traditional Maori stick game, learn to work the poi or get their own washable traditional moko tattoo.
‘‘The experience allows visitors to learn about Maori culture and the rich history of the Tuwharetoa region in an intimate environment,’’ Jolly said.
‘‘There are plenty of photo opportunities with the group in traditional Maori costumes, especially when visitors are learning to work the poi or learn to greet each other with a hongi (traditional Maori greeting).
Alongside the unique Taurikura Maori cultural experience, visitors are treated to the spectacular views of Lake Taupo¯ and the majestic mountains of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park.
The new cultural cruise embraces the Ma¯ori culture.