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Te Ara Whakatipu

Te Ara Whakatipu is a rangatahi focused leadership program that combines Ngāi Tahutanga and outdoor leadership based in the Hollyford Valley/Whakatipu Waitai. The seven-day hīkoi involves five days of immersion in the natural environment, following the Hollyford track, through Whakatipu Waitai (Hollyford Valley) and into Martins Bay.

The Whakatipu Waitai – Hollyford track is an important traditional pounamu trail linking Te Tai Poutini with Ōtākou and Murihiku. The key purpose of this hīkoi is to provide a unique opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to explore their connection to Ngāi Tahutanga, connection to the natural environment, and connection to self (self-identity/leadership/values).

This wānanga was developed by Kara Edwards and acknowledges the manawhenua of both Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and Ōraka-Aparima Rūnanga. Te Ara Whakatipu is delivered by a combination of professional Ngāi Tahu guides and leaders including esteemed governors and kaumātua, experienced Hollyford Track staff and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu office staff.

Key Information

The hīkoi will be aimed at rangatahi who are:

The dates : 3rd-10th October
Applications are now open.
Applications close: 19th August

  • 16 -18 years of age
  • Registered Ngāi Tahu members
  • Fit and capable of safely hiking 21km, with a pack
  • Passionate about learning Ngāi Tahutanga; and
  • Interested in learning about and giving back to the natural environment.

There are places for up to 20 rangatahi to attend this hīkoi that is run annually in the third-term holidays (October).