Many old Māori legends and
traditions are based on the Whanganui river, and a trip down the river
is an experience of living Māori culture.
While experiencing the river’s natural beauty, canoe trips led by Māori
guides take visitors to two marae (meeting houses) on the river banks
where they can stay and participate in cultural traditions.
Tieke marae is a popular overnight stop for canoeists. This old Māori
pa (fortified village) has been revived as a meeting place that
provides accommodation for travellers. When locals are present,
visitors receive a powhiri (traditional welcome) onto the land.
Koriniti marae is close to Wanganui city, on the left bank of the
Whanganui river. The marae accommodates large groups for visits and
overnight stays. Marae visitors receive a powhiri welcome, and
participate in kapa haka (Māori performing arts), weaving and a hangi
(Māori earth oven feast).
Whanganui Regional Museum in Wanganui city highlights local Māori
culture and Whanganui river history, and its place in the lives of the