Discover The Maori Culture of Christchurch On Your Campervan Holiday

Culturally, water has long been essential to the Ngai Tahu way of life. Settlements were often located close to waterways, providing a source of food and a means of transport, and springs were highly prized for their spiritual significance and were used for sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Fresh water is a taonga (or treasure) providing and sustaining all life, and according to Maori law, it is the present generation’s responsibility to ensure this precious resource is available to future generations in as good, or an even better state, than when it was inherited.

To that end, much good work is being undertaken by the Christchurch City Council in consultation with Ngai Tahu. To learn more about Ngai Tahu people, drive your Christchurch rental campervan to Ko Tane, a replica village of old which provides a modern insight into local rituals and traditions, and song and dance, or pay a visit to the South Island’s largest Maori cultural centre at Nga Hau e Wha National Marae where experienced guides explain the culture, customs, history and tradition of the marae. This is followed by a traditional feast of hangi, food that is slowly steamed to perfection in an earth oven.

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