Chris Jolly Scenic Cruise - Lake Taupō, New Zealand - Māori Cultural Experience
Updated: Mar 9, 2019
In terms of family friendly activities in Taupō, New Zealand. The Chris Jolly boat did an excellent job of catering to my family. Their Taurikura Māori cultural experience cruise was a privilege to be a part of. Goodness me, I will be telling all of our Taupō's Treat guests about our experience. When we arrived at the boat, the Taurikura group welcomed us all onto the Chris Jolly boat with a Māori Waiata (song). Can you imagine the feeling? It was beautiful to see, to hear and to experience. We all boarded the boat and throughout the cruise we were treated to beautiful waiata , learning to kōrero Māori (speak Māori) with some kupu hou (new words), moko kaue (face tattoo), playing traditional games together. Taurikura performed poi, waiata and the hair raising haka. And of course, the quintessential kiwi sausage sizzle! The sausage sizzle is such a regular feature of living like a local in New Zealand, my daughters love it! It was pretty special cruising out to the Māori Rock carvings and having children from Ngati Tuwharetoa, the local tribe share about the history and significance of the carvings. We are grateful to Taurikura, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Chris Jolly for sharing an authentic, fun and informative experience with us.