New Zealand is famous for its indigenous Maori culture

Increasingly visitors to New Zealand are looking for authentic cultural experiences which are unique to our country.

Many tourist destinations in New Zealand have spectacular natural features and landscapes, but it is the Maori culture that gives this country its special unique point of difference.

Unlike other colonized countries, traditional Maori culture thrives today in mainstream New Zealand.

In addition, the recent dramatic interest in issues of sustainability, and environmental care fits with traditional Maori values of guardianship.

Cultural tourism by its very nature, allows guests to interact with our natural and man-made environments, while encouraging the care and protection of those environments.

Experiencing New Zealand’s Maori culture is an essential component of any visit to Aotearoa (the Maori word for New Zealand meaning "Land of the Long White Cloud").

These experiences can come at several different levels - from the Maori Cultural Performance involving traditional songs and dances (haka) owned and operated by non-Maori, down to the small tourism operations which can involve staying on a Marae, and listening to local stories of the landscape and the natural world.

We support the growth of Maori tourism at a grassroots level, authenticate the life experiences of Maori tourism providers and the genuine representation of Maori for the discerning tourist.

Cultural Tours

Rotorua Day Trip

  • Agrodome Sheep Show - Sheep shearing, farm dogs, milking cows
  • Rotorua Sightseeing - Famous for Maori culture and thermal activity, central city, Kuirau Park
  • Maori Cultural Performance - Welcome, entertainment, haka
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Village or Te Puia - Experience a unique cultural way of living, geysers, boiling mud pools
  • Lake Front - Have lunch here and watch water birds and activities
  • Government Gardens - Much photographed Elizabethan/Tudoresque architecture historic bath house
  • Shopping - Excellent souvenir shops, huge selection of gifts to choose

Extra options: Gondola and 2 luge rides

Scenic tours departing from Auckland and Hamilton. Starr Tours provide a wide range of famous attractions and destinations to visitors wanting to see New Zealand’s best, while relaxing aboard our deluxe air-conditioned minibus or coach. Enjoy the impressive views through large tinted windows as your driver/guide provides factual and sometimes amusing commentary.

In addition to our awesome published adventure tour itineraries, we also organise custom guided tour options to meet the differing needs of our new and returning clients.
If you have are looking for an incredible New Zealand Adventure vacation and our dates, routes, durations or activity choices don't quite suit, then simply get in touch and we will arrange a holiday to suit suit your needs and require

Our senior tours are designed for the 55 plus age group, offering tour packages within New Zealand and Internationally, tailored to meet the needs and interests of the mature but young at heart traveller. Although we aim to keep the pace of the itinerary as relaxed and 'holiday like' as possible, lots of activities are included.

Eco tourism is gaining popularity all over the world and New Zealand certainly knows how to cater for eco-conscious travelers who want to reduce their carbon footprints. There is a big selection of eco tours available which cover everything from New Zealand wildlife encounters and eco-friendly boat cruises to spiritual tours and guided walks.