Taupo¯’s cul­ture on dis­play

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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.

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