New Zealand: The Power of Māori Spirituality
Delve into the spiritual traditions of the Māori as you engage in powerful rituals and walk alongside the guardians of sacred places.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
Waves of the Spirit
Arrival in Auckland. The Māori arrived in the 14th century, in several waves, while braving the capricious waters of the ocean. They came to a land of natural wonders, where cheerful beaches give way to solemn mountains, where the fern guides the way in the gloom of the forest. Theirs was an impressive and dangerous journey, an while yours was much more convenient, your intuition tells you that the spiritual forces that have driven you to New Zealand are not unlike those of the powerful Māori.
Under the Canopy
You are following a path in the forest, in sacred mount Titiraupenga. With every step you take, there is an overriding emotion, a tension that you cannot immediately describe, a plucking of invisible strings. Then you meet the source of your unrest: a warrior framed by the soft light under the canopy. He chants and shows his physical prowess, and his fearsome display fills you with awe. Read more
A Meeting of Humans
He approaches to take your measure, a stare that bares your spirit from the depths, and which is now afloat. He signals you to follow him. He is the protector of all things sacred: the women and children, the peace of the village, and the spirits. As you move closer to the village, more warriors come to meet you, and the chanting then becomes polyphonic as the women join in. The solemn welcome culminates as you and a powerful warrior press your noses and your noses against each other. You are sharing one breath, the vital force that we all share.
One of the Family
As the Powhiri, the sacred Māori welcome unwinds, the warriors relax their combat visage. The contrast is noticeable. At once, your hosts become hospitable, displaying a warm sense of humour. They bring out guitars and light music fills the air and your heart. You step into the conversation and find a familiar openness… A Powhiri is a powerful affair: you are now part of the family, both in the physical and the spirit worlds.
Secrets of the Sky
Your journey leads to the skies. The helicopter makes precipitous turns and skillful landings in pristine and hard to reach corners of the rugged New Zealand backcountry. This is a privileged view of the natural forces that have inspired Māori spirituality. For this perspective, it is obvious that keen spirits must dwell herein. You approach different sacred landmarks, from where a powerful energy emanates. You are met by the solemn Māori guardians, which grant you access not only to the physical location, but to the spiritual significance and the moving stories that live in legend.
Food for Thought
Throughout your journey, you have been delighted by the gastronomy and the meaningful luxury that has surrounded you. Along the way, you have visited farms where’ve had the freshest of the fresh, prepared with mastery by expert chefs. Your journey is coming to a close, and as you get close to the bonfire in a lovely beach, the smell of dinner reaches you and wakens in you a healthy, hearty appetite. Twilight falls and with the exquisiteness of the wine still in your palate, you feel nourished, deeply nourished, in more senses than one.