Authentic Māori Experience

On the land of our ancestors you are greeted by a Maori warrior, ambassador and guide who will lead you into the world of Maori.  Your Maori cultural guide from customs and ceremonies, history and legends, performance and visual art,  traditional spiritual and medicinal practices through to real life challenges and successes of Māori today.

The Maoritanga Package is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and have a deeply authentic Māori experience in an amazing setting.

THE cultural ESCAPE

Perfect for individuals and small groups looking for an authentic in-depth indigenous cultural experience who value privacy and comfort.

This package includes a fully-catered and hosted exclusive stay at Te Whare Ruruhau, with gorgeous bedding, a glass bedroom, outdoor bath for two, extensive decking, full kitchen and toilet facilities set in 4,000 acres all to yourself.


Our host prepares a seasonal menu focused on Māori and/or local New Zealand ingredients, cooking methods and stories. We have two menu themes from which your group can choose:

Wild and Native – for the more adventurous palate, this selection features wild and native ingredients such as wild venison, wild pig, trout, eel, kumara (NZ sweet potato) and locally foraged native edible plants.


Farm to Table – for the more conventional palate, this selection often features local grass-fed organic beef, lamb, chicken and pork as well as seasonal local vegetables and fruit.

Each menu is prepared to accommodate guests’ stated dietary restrictions and includes:

  • Continental & cooked breakfast
  • Morning & Afternoon tea/snacks
  • Lunch (suitable for taking on a picnic if you so desire)
  • Four course dinner

Guests are welcome to bring along any alcohol which they may wish to consume during their stay.


Owhaoko ancestral land is over 16,000 private acres of pristine native bush accessible only by helicopter.

As Kaitiaki (caretakers) of the land for our future generations, the Owhaoko Trust works in partnership with ecological experts to ensure the future of the endangered plant and animal species unique to our land have increased chance of success through invasive weed control and predator management.  We encourage guests at Te Whare Ruruhau to get involved in helping our endangered species by contributing to the tracking and identification of species found during your stay.


Te Whare Ruruhau starts with an open-plan central living space with kitchen, dining and lounge areas opening onto the covered porch and spacious decks. On either side of the living space are the two double bedrooms, with every room positioned to take advantage of the amazing views and vistas.

Nga Whetu Piata (The shining star) room: Surrounded by glass on two walls and the ceiling, perfect for  watching the stars and the sunrise over the native bush.

Ahuru (warm) room: Cozy double bedroom with private deck to watch the sunset.

The full bathroom features continuous hot water, flush toilet, vanity, shower and luxurious towels, then take a short stroll along the decking to bathe surrounded by the native bush and enjoy the view and exquisite privacy from the extra large bathtub.


1-2 guests NZ$8950 for 2 nights

Additional nights NZ$2800

Additional guests NZ$250 per night

minimum stay 2 nights


Helicopter Transport Options:

Airbus AS350BA ‘Squirrel’
(4-5 passengers plus pilot. Maximum combined guests and luggage weight: 580kg):

  • Taupō Airport $3,220 return
  • Helisika Base (45 minute drive from Taupo) $1,860 return

Hughes 500
(3-4 passengers plus pilot. Maximum combined guests and luggage weight: 400kg):

  • Taupō Airport $2,360 return
  • Helisika Base (45 minute drive from Taupo) $1,380 return