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Te Urunga-Tu - Sunrise Tour

Maunga Hikurangi

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This tour is unique as we have limited numbers being able to visit the maunga, tour sizes are limited to 9 people.

The guides are from Ngati Porou iwi.

What You'll Get


Maunga Hikurangi is our sacred mountain regarded as the first place in the world to see the sunrise. We provide an experience that is original, authentic, and not experienced elsewhere in New Zealand.

You will meet your Ngati Porou kaitiaki (guide) in Ruatoria to make your way to the base of Maunga Hikurangi. From here, you will be transported by 4WD to the place where our nine large pou (Maori carvings) are situated and where you will watch the sun rise.

With spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and sunrise, you will engage in Maori tikanga (protocols) and hear the stories of the nine pou which depict the stories of Maui and his adventures. The experience will enable you to get fully immersed in the nature and culture of the Ngati Porou people and provide insight into their history and their way of life.

As a token of your time with us we would also like for you to leave a footprint of your time wit us and plant a native seedling as part of our native tree regeneration programme. We will also provide a small taonga (gift) which connects directly back to the land but is also an offering to for your time being with us.

We then return you safely to Ruatoria.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • Private transportation
  • Breakfast - Light breakfast with a juice, hot coffee or tea

Departure Point
Hāti Nāti Cafe, 163 Waiomatatini Road, Ruatoria 4032, New Zealand

Departure Time
4:00 AM

4 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.