New Zealand's Māori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors.
Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came here more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Today Māori make up 14% of our population and their history, language and traditions are central to New Zealand’s identity.
You’re bound to hear Te Reo Māori, the Māori language, during your travels in New Zealand. There would be few New Zealanders who do not recognise common Māori terms and phrases. You’ll probably pick a few up yourself. Start with ‘kia ora’ – hello!