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- 75-minute multi-sensory journey of guided storytelling through art, 4-D theatre, live performances & an interactive gallery
- Guided tour through the cultural centre's grounds led by Kupe's descendants
- Departs from the meeting point at 41 Hokianga Harbour Drive, Opononi
Manea Footprints of Kupe Cultural Experience - HokiangaTake a unique cultural journey into the Maori world and walk in the footsteps of the legendary explorer Kupe
What to Expect
Immerse yourself in the powerful story of New Zealand's beginnings on a multi-sensory journey into Te Ao Maori, the Maori world. Manea - Footprints of Kupe offers visitors a unique cultural encounter of guided storytelling through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction and the splendour of Hokianga’s natural surroundings.
Be warmly welcomed to Manea with a timeless powhiri (traditional welcoming ceremony) before engaging with your expert local guide as they weave an interactive guided tour through the cultural centre's grounds led by Kupe’s descendants. Kupe was a legendary Polynesian explorer, navigator and Chief and was said to be the first Polynesian to discover the islands of New Zealand.
Hear stories of Maori ancestors and the ancient realms of Kupe told through carvings and the surrounding land. Deepen your understanding of Maori customs and their dynamic connections to the natural and spiritual world. Enjoy a 20-minute 4D-digital extravaganza and live performance immersing you in a sensory recreation of the rich and vibrant world of the intrepid adventures of Kupe.
From the theatre, your guide will lead you outside to absorb the full significance of the Hokianga Harbour and New Zealand's story. This was not only where Kupe made his home, but also his final departure point from this land. Continue your journey of discovery at your leisure in the interactive gallery, where digital stations reveal more details of our ancestor’s stories.
- Dress to the weather conditions as the experience has both indoor & outdoor components.
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