Wharekaho Tour

A guided tour of Ngāti Hei tribal lands and our Wharetaewa pā (village) site based at beautiful Wharekaho Beach, Whitianga.

57 Albert Street, Whitianga

$110 - discount for group bookings

Mon - Sat: Departure time flexible


2.5 hours

Departs Mon – Sat

From 57 Albert Street, Whitianga.
Departure time flexible.
Scheduled pickups available upon request.

Details & Itinerary

This beach was Captain Cook’s landing site and location of the first friendly encounter with local Māori and European peoples in 1769. You will be guided by tangata whenua (people of the land) who will share with you the history and stories of the local Ngāti Hei tribe, and explore the landscape and culture. Gain first hand insights into the lives and lifestyles of the Māori ancestors who occupied this unique coastal pā and rohe (tribal area) and gain understanding of how they existed here. Some people have shown interest in other sites of significance in the area and we can incorporate this into this tour also.

  • Tour departs.
  • Head to Toumuia meaning the place of serenity.
  • From there we head to Hukihuki which is a significant burial site.
  • Then we pass through Taputapuatea.
  • Then on to Wharekaho the turangawaewae (homesite) of the Ngati Hei.
  • Then on to a Kuia’s (highly respected lady elder) home for morning or afternoon tea of a traditional flavour.
What You Should Bring

While Whitianga experiences some of the best weather in New Zealand, it’s always best to be prepared.

Please bring suitable footwear for short walks small hill climb and be prepared for weather with jackets, sunhats etc.

Depending on the time of year we recommend you carry a warm jacket and/or raincoat.

Frequently Asked

Is your tour suitable for limited mobility?
Yes we can customise our tour to your needs however our vehicles are not wheelchair friendly, yet.


Local tour guides

Our guides who are of Ngāti Hei descent will take you on a tour of Ngāti Hei sacred sites while incorporating stories of our history.

Wharekaho and Wharetaewa pa site is where Captain Cook and the Endeavour crew experienced the first powhiri or friendly welcome between European and Maori. 

Contact us


P: 027 231 6789
E: [email protected]

Address: 57 Albert Street, Whitianga

Hours: Mon – Sat 9:30 am - 1 pm