Whakapapa / Connect
Meet your guide and begin your journey in the footsteps of Kupe.
Engage in stories about our ancestors and the ancient realms of Kupe, told through carvings and the surrounding land. Deepen your understanding of Māori customs and our dynamic connections to the natural and spiritual world.
Ruku / Immerse
On your arrival at the Manea whare taonga (house of treasures), our people welcome you with the timeless cultural ceremony of pōwhiri.
You now enter the Manea theatre, where a 20-minute 4D-digital extravaganza and live performance immerses you in a full sensory recreation of the rich and vibrant world of the intrepid adventures of Kupe.
You appreciate in a new way the extraordinary feats of our ancestors’ ocean voyaging.
Toro / Interact
From the theatre, your guide will lead you outside to absorb the full significance of the Hokianga harbour and our story.
This was not only where Kupe made his home, but also his final departure point from this land.
You can now continue your journey of discovery at your leisure in the Footprints of Kupe Interactive Gallery, where digital stations reveal more details of our ancestor’s story.