This hīkoi provides an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to explore their connection to Ngāi Tahutanga, connection to the natural environment, and connection to themselves within a whānau environment with a group of their peers.
A founding belief of Te Ara Whakatipu is that engagement with Te Ao Tūroa (the natural world) enriches connection to place and self. The cultural framework adds a strong platform to connect with iwi and an enhanced a sense of Ngāi Tahutanga.
Delivered by a whānau of experienced facilitators, professional guides and Ngāi Tahu leaders this programme weaves rangatahi outdoor leadership with Ngāi Tahutanga. It was developed by Kara Edwards and Mike Talbot and is funded by the Ngāi Tahu fund.
The hīkoi is generously supported by Ngāi Tahu Tourism particularly the Hollyford Track, who enable the use of their lodge, jet boats and wonderful staff.
The programme includes a 20km walk in and out of the valley, outdoor bush skills, Te Reo Māori, waiata/haka, whanaungatanga, whakapapa and rongoā.
This eight – day hīkoi includes one day of travel to the start of hīkoi, in Te Anau and one day travelling home. The other six days are spent immersed in the beauty of Whakatipu Waitai/ The Hollyford Valley – an important traditional pounamu trail linking Te Tai Poutini with Ōtākou and Murihiku.
Te Ara Whakatipu acknowledges and thanks the manawhenua of both Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and Ōraka-Aparima Rūnanga as well as all rūnanga with interests in the Whakatipu Waitai area.
Please stand-by for further information regarding intakes for 2020 in May and Sept-October.
We welcome applications from pakeke / rangatahi who:
For any further information you can contact the team who are delivering this kaupapa directly.
Project Co-ordinator | Lead Guide
Whaia Te Tika
Phone: 027 975 4664
The programme management actively look to manage all health and safety aspects and will endeavor to implement correct management procedures to eliminate, isolate or minimise those hazards where possible. However, there will still be inherent risks on the programme, including:
A medium to high level of fitness, and the ability to walk with a pack for 20km, is strictly necessary and required as there are no alternative transport options.
The consent part of our application form outlines more detail around health and safety.
All rangatahi will be expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times. It is critically important that everyone listens and follows instructions. This is especially important when out on the track and or undertaking outdoor activities whereby adhering to expectations and rules are essential for the health and wellbeing of the hīkoi participants.
The following code of conduct, which ensures an enriching experience for all, applies to the course:
Those not adhering to the above will be issued two opportunities to improve behaviour. In the unlikely event that misbehaviour continues and is having a detrimental effect on the individual and or the rōpū health and wellbeing, then unfortunately the rangatahi will need to return home at the expense of the family. This cost could be substantial and therefore we ask that you ensure that your son/daughter is well aware of the consequences of their behaviour.
Te Ara Whakatipu is a cellphone, technology, smoking and alcohol-free kaupapa.
There is no cost to whānau for this hikoi as we are fully funded by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu via the Ngai Tahu Fund and other partners including the Department of Conservation. It is important to recognise that participation on the program is a rare opportunity and the investment the tribe is making significant.
While there is no requirement, we do ask you to consider how you might like to give back in some way. This could be in the form of baking for the hīkoi, petrol vouchers to assist with travel or by other means.
Hīkoi transport will be provided from Queenstown to the Hollyford Valley and return. The logistics and cost of getting to and from Queenstown will be up to each whānau.
If there is a need to make emergency contact with whānau, there is a satellite phone at Martins Bay lodge which can be used to call out. Alternatively, in the event of an emergency, whānau can call the Hollyford Track team via;
Customer Services Manager / Tumu
TEL: +64 3 442 3000
M +64 21 832 226