Join us on this easy guided tour across one of the largest volcanic cones in the Auckland region, Mângere Mountain also known as Te Pane a Mataaho (the head of Mataaho).
Mângere Mountain was the site of a major Mâori Pâ (fortified village) and there are many earthworks and archaeological features that remain today including these beautiful kumara (sweet potato) storage pits.
When Mâori were living on the mountain these kumara storage pits would have been covered over to keep the tubers cool and dry during the winter months. Kumara were an important food source and the tubers were also kept for planting in the spring.
You can just imagine the hive of activity as food was gathered and stored. It would have been an amazing sight and we are so privileged to still have these well-formed kumara pits on our mountain close to where we live.
The koru or (loop) is often used by the Mâori people of New Zealand/Aotearoa. It is based on the fern leaf that can be seen in the forest. A koru is used in Mâori art as a metaphor and symbol for new beginnings, creation, growth, strength, peace and harmony.
The Kiko Guided Tours logo alludes to this whakaaro (idea) and the "O" is a stylised representation.
This new unfurling fern leaf was adjacent to the track we walked on. I just love the simplicity of form.
Stretches of beautiful black sand beaches, deep blue waters, and rugged clifftops. Soak up the spectacular scenery and admire the rich and abundant birdlife. If you are looking for a magical day out you can’t go past Muriwai on Auckland’s West Coast. There is a gentle walking track to a viewing platform on Otakamiro Point, right above the site of one of our few mainland gannet (breeding) colonies. It truly is magical.
Karekare is an absolutely spectacular West Coast beach. It is just south of another of Auckland’s famous beaches Piha. You can really feel the isolation and rawness of the place. There are generally less people and the beach is pristine. Dramatic towering cliffs rise vertically above a beautiful black sand beach that seems to stretch forever into the distance. There are some excellent coastal walking tracks through wetlands and sand dunes that take you onto this stunning beach.
And Kiko Guided Tours can take you there. This place is a must visit for keen photographers. You will not be disappointed.