A guided walk should be your chance to unwind from the stresses of modern living, relax, bask in the peace, solitude and splendour that only comes when you have truly left the rat-race behind.
And isn’t that what you want?
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see a unique slice of Aotearoa in an area never before opened up to the public. On the slopes of Titiraupenga mountain are trees that stood before the first Maori waka reached our shores.
You won’t run into other tour parties with us.
No being jostled and overtaken on the trail. We guarantee your group exclusive access – just you, the mountain and the trees
Here, sheltered by our taonga, Mount Titiraupenga, we offer you the opportunity to come face to face with a piece of the world that remains largely as it was 3,000 years ago. Experience an ecological time capsule in the hands of your guide who will share his deep knowledge of this sacred area. You will see, not one forest giant – majestic as that is – but many. Not one species of large tree, but many.
On your guided walk you will stand beneath giant Totara trees that were ancient at the time of the last Taupo eruption. Rata and Matai trees tower overhead.
Toutouwai, the little bush robin, will follow your footsteps, ever watchful for insects disturbed by your passing. Fantail, native wood pigeon and Tui share your journey.
There is a stillness that calms the soul as you walk amongst these relics of an earlier time. You know that you are somewhere special.
Reconnect with the ancient energies that encircle the “sacred mountain”.
Just as gazing up at the stars at night brings a sense of perspective so does a meeting with the Rangatiratira of our forest. To us, these are not just big trees. And once you’ve met them, up close and personal, we know you’ll feel the same.
There are no man-made barriers seperating you from these giants. We know that, although for most people, simply walking beneath the protection of their mighty arms brings a profound peace, some are moved by the need to touch. We understand.
So feel free to place your hands on the bark of one of these primal giants. Feel the calmness steal over you. Feel a new strength. Many people believe our trees talk to them so give yourself time to listen and to hear – and most importantly, to heal.
Our guided walks give access to this unique land and cater for varying levels of fitness. The walk extends from 10am to 3pm with lunch included. Accommodation is also available.
So who are we?
History calls us the Pouakani people. We are the tribal landowners of this very special mountain in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. Over the centuries it has been both our privilege and duty to guard and care for this land.
So welcome and haere mai, we would be honoured to share this magical and healing place with you.