Manawa means ‘heart’…

We are Tūhoe, ‘Children of the Mist, guardians of Te Urewera lying in Te Manawa-o-te-Ika-a-Maui (the Heart of Maui’s Fish)…

Experience a mystical, remote, pure and natural paradise with the people of this land…

Nau mai! Haere mai! As Manawa Tours, we offer a range of tours:

Eco-cultural Experience (2-day) for groups of 8-20

River Fishing Tour on Horse-back (1-day & Overnight) for groups of 1-3

Tours by Design (for groups only) to incorporate your desired combination of:

Honey and apiary/beehive tours

Traditional Maori and contemporary cultural experiences

Marae or home-stay accommodation

Forest & biodiversity tours

Fishing and/or horse riding treks

Let us know what you would like to do, and we can work out a tour to suit you

Tour 1: Eco-Cultural Experience

• Length: 2-day

• Marae accommodation overnight

• Traditional welcome and haka entertainment

• Cultural participation and traditional history

• Forest tour with interpretation

• Apiary and beehive tour with explanation

• Range of activities

Tour description

Journey to Ruatahuna at the heart of Te Ika-a-Maui - the Heart of Maui’s Fish - the North Island of New Zealand. We are Tūhoe, the original Maori people if this land, known as ‘Children of the Mist’ for we are born of our mountains cloaked in mist. We are a mountain forest dwelling people, guardians of Te Urewera, a vast rainforest region, one of the most remote and pristine parts of New Zealand.


Nau mai! Haere mai! Welcome to our world! We will share with you our traditions and our authentic way of life in a special mix of experiences of our people, our history, our marae, our forests, our rivers, our sites of significance and our beekeeping and forest restoration initiatives.

You will arrive in Ruatāhuna and will be welcomed onto one of our many marae in our region. You will be joined by a guide to explain procedure and to assist you in engaging in the formal marae welcome. You will have the opportunity to participate in proceedings (with guidance of course), and to not just be an onlooker. After the pohiri (welcome), you will enjoy lunch in a marae setting.

You will be introduced to the history of the Ruatāhuna region - Te Manawa-o-te-Ika - and why it is so significant for the Tūhoe people. You will learn about our history and our current situation in this modern world. We will share with you the history of the marae and the people of this place. 


You will then be taken into our untouched forest of Te Urewera to discover ancient trees and an understory thick with plants that are special to us. You will learn about how we used these in the past and now for food, medicine and other purposes. You will also learn about our forest ecosystems, how our ancient forest has developed over centuries, and how it is undergoing change over time. Our forest restoration initiatives will be explained and you will be given the opportunity to take part in elements of these programmes.

Next for you for are optional activities back at the marae. If you would like a little adventure, take a short ride on our strong sure-footed horses. Bring your own rod and you can go fishing. Or you can simply go beside the river for a walk and to cool off. If you prefer stay at the marae and join in the preparation of the traditional hangi meal for dinner, or learn how to make and cook our special treat - fried bread!

You will all get back in time for the lifting of the hangi and you will then enjoy our hospitality in traditional style. You will be entertained by our local haka group and get to participate with your own cultural offerings!

You will be looked after in a traditional manner in the meeting house for the evening and will have your guide to explain proceedings. You will get the opportunity for learning more from your Tūhoe hosts about this mystical region, its history and people, and also for you to share more about your background and culture. You will sleep traditional style in this meeting house and rise to a hearty breakfast at the marae.

You will be taken to visit on a tour that takes in our local farm, sites of significance and the beehives of our honey production operation. You will learn about sheep and cattle farming in our valley, and generally in New Zealand. Then you will visit an apiary (bee-yard) where your apiarist guide will take you right into the wonder world of the honey bee. You will learn about how a beehive works, how the glorious honeys of our unique region are made and the importance of the honey for pollination in our forest and local ecosystems. And yes! You will get to taste fresh comb honey straight from the hive!

You will enjoy refreshments on the move for morning tea, but return to the marae for a hearty lunch and a warm farewell, with gifts for you to take with you as a momento to last about Ruatāhuna.


Dates: by arrangement November to March each year

Prices:  For your quote: E:

Tour 2: River Fishing Tour on Horse-back: 1-day & Overnight


• Length: 1-day fishing & overnight homestay

• Limited to 3 per group

• For experienced fishermen and women with their own gear

• Location: Ruatāhuna and upper Whakatane River

• Top trout fishing in a remote river

• River scenery

• Trusted horses to travel on

• Home hospitality of Tūhoe


Tour description

For a great fishing and river experience, journey with us into Ruatāhuna at the heart of Te Ika-a-Maui - the Heart of Maui’s Fish - the North Island of New Zealand. We are Tūhoe, the original Maori people if this land, known as ‘Children of the Mist’ for we are born of our mountains cloaked in mist. We are a mountain forest dwelling people, guardians of Te Urewera, a vast rainforest region, one of the most remote and pristine parts of New Zealand.

Nau mai! Haere mai! Welcome to our world! We will share with you our pure river waters, stunning scenery and great trout fishing, along with our home hospitality and special culinary delights.

You can be collected from nearby centres or you will make your own way here. We will take you straight to your trusty horses and guide ready to take you along a trail high above the river, and through stands of indigenous forest, that takes in the stunning scenery of the upper Whakatane River. Then down to the starting point for the day’s fishing.

You will discover the joys of fishing a river that is remote, well away from the crowds of other regions. Good size river trout - rainbow and brown - of 5 lb are common. You will enjoy lunch by the river and take all day to fish an extensive stretch of our river.

You will be brought back to the warm home hospitality of Tūhoe at Ruatāhuna, with tasty home cooking and a barbecue or smoker for your trout if you want to bring one back to enjoy. Relax and enjoy your evening.

A hearty breakfast in the morning will see you on your or you can be taken on to your next point of call.

Dates: by arrangement November to March each year

Prices:  For your quote: E:

Booking is essential:

Brenda Tahi, Chief Executive Officer

Manawa Honey & Tours NZ ,363a Mataatua Road, 

Ruatahuna 3046, New Zealand

P: +64 7 366 3166

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