The connection between the people and the land - it's a rich part of the New Zealand experience.
I fell in love with New Zealand. Not just the land - the beauty of the land is obviously very seductive - but there's something about the dynamic spirit of the people.James Cameron World-renowned filmmaker
New Zealand has a rich cultural history, and one that is widely grounded in storytelling and folklore. Hear histories, myths and tribal legends first-hand, and take part in a tradition that stretches back to Polynesia, long before the first European settlers arrived in New Zealand. Listen to beautiful spoken word, poetry and Waiata (song) throughout your journey and discover the powerful connection between the people, the land and those that came before them.
I think one of the things that’s really part of the rich experience of New Zealand is the indigenous culture and how it’s still a big part of life here for all of New Zealanders.James Cameron World-renowned filmmaker
New Zealand's friendly and down to earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit here. Guided by the principle of ‘Manaakitanga’ – hospitality, experience genuine warmth and kindness from the locals, strike up conversations along your journey and forge new friendships.
For the same reason that many visitors come to New Zealand, kiwis have developed an enthusiasm for the outdoors and consider themselves people of the land. This is no surprise, considering:
Spending time by the sea and respecting the local wildlife is a huge part of kiwi culture. Make the most of the spectacular landscapes and let the locals share with you the tales of their lands. Learn more about the people of New Zealand.