Sunday March 18: Arrive in Auckland. We will begin our journey with an evening gathering in our ‘hotel’ in Central Auckland. Check-in is from 2 pm.
Monday March 19: Powhiri — Maori ceremonial welcome and stay at a Marae. We will begin first with setting our intent with a Pipe ceremony in Nature. Travel to a Marae. Maori Elder, Makuini will orchestrate our ceremonial welcome and evening stay at a local Marae in or near Hamilton, south of Auckland.
Tuesday March 20: Drive to Waitomo caves. Extensive caves and glow worms. 30 million years ago the entire Waitomo region lay far beneath the sea. 2 nights in Waitomo.
Wednesday March 21: Waitomo activities. Multiple OPTIONAL activites for you to do — from the Black Abyss to Black Water Rafting or a relaxed cave touring.
Thursday March 22: Drive to the Taranaki coast, to the Maniaroa Marae near Mokau for a 4 night stay. Mihirangi's ancestral house. Powhiri ceremony, teachings and much more at Maniaroa marae and coastal beaches.
Friday March 23: Second night at Maniaroa Marae. Teachings and ceremony.
Saturday March 24: Third night at Maniaroa Marae. Teachings and ceremony.
Sunday March 25: Fourth night at Maniaroa Marae. Teachings and ceremony.
Monday March 26: Drive to Benneydale and 3 nights at Pureora Forest Lodge, 15 minutes down the road from the Temple of the Winds.
Tuesday March 27 : Pureora Forest, teachings and ceremony. 2nd night at Pureora Forest.
Wednesday March 28 : 3rd night at Pureora Forest.
Thursday March 29: Drive to Tongariro National Park. Stay 2 nights in a motel.
Friday March 30: Tongariro National Park: OPTIONAL activities. Depending on volcanic activity — Tongariro Alpine Crossing Walk, approx. 10 hours, the best one day walk on the planet OR other short easy walks in the district, even a plane ride over the volcano. Activities suitable for all levels of fitness and desires. NOTE: the Tongariro track is only open when conditions are safe. some of our group made this walk over Tongariro in 2010.
Saturday March 31: Drive to Rotorua for 3 nights. Via Lake Taupo, mud pools driving through incredible landscapes. We spend 3 nights in a great motel in Rotorua. Steam rises from the cracks, gardens, pathways and even residential streets. Minutes from the city center see geysers, boiling pools of mud, silica terraces, mud fumaroles and volcanoes.
Sunday April 1: Drive to Tapapa Marae: Teachings and Ceremony with Makuini and Hirini. 30 minutes from Rotorua, we will return to out motel in Rotorua at the end of the day.
Monday April 2: Rotorua exploration: shopping, restaurants, Thermal village and much more. Hot mineral pools, chill out, souvenirs, museums. Rotorua is known as the heartland of New Zealand’s maori culture.
Tuesday April 3: Drive to Ohui Retreat Center at one of the most exquisite secluded beaches on the east side of the Coromandel peninsula; relaxation, teachings and ceremony for 3 nights including blessing and awakening our our carved items.
Wednesday April 4: Ohui magic relaxation, teachings and ceremony.
All meals provided during our stay at Ohui.
Thursday April 5: Ohui magic relaxation, teachings and ceremony
Friday April 6: Drive to Auckland in the afternoon and back to the hotel where we began. Celebration dinner in the evening at a local restaurant.
Saturday April 7: CHECK OUT IS 10 am • Individual flights home, or stay longer :)
March 18 - April 7, 2018 • pay your deposit of $500US NOW to register. We have added 2 more days so we have extra time at Maniaroa Marae and more time in the magickal Pureora Forest • see the itinerary
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