Maori Tours Kaikoura is the first Maori cultural experience to be offered in Kaikoura. The business was set up by Maurice and Heather Manawatu and has been operating since January 2002.
Maurice is from the hapu (sub-tribe) Ngati Kuri, and the iwi (main tribe) is Ngai Tahu. Heather is of mainly Scots and Irish descent. Many of their whanau (extended family) are involved in the business and have been from the beginning.
Our family have worked in tourism for a long time, the combined experience of Heather and Maurice alone spans more than 50 years.
They say “Hosting visitors, making them feel welcome and creating new friendships comes naturally – we can’t imagine doing anything else.”