Aotearoa in living colour

See New Zealand in a new light with helicopter flights in the wilderness and Māori forest food trails.

27 January 2022


Arcadia Expeditions has announced the release of its latest expedition, The Story of Aotearoa, a 13-day journey led by Dr James Robinson, one of New Zealand’s leading archaeologists, and award-winning Māori guide Ceillhe Sperath.

Staying at some of New Zealand’s most atmospheric luxury properties, including a purpose-built pioneers’ camp in Wanaka, this immersive journey will connect travellers with the land and people of this remarkable country like never before.

Highlights include a helicopter-accessed walking experience in one of the country’s most pristine wilderness areas, a full-day private cruise to the Bay of Islands following the stories of Polynesian and European explorers, and food and wine experiences, including a Māori forest food trail.

A wealth of activities give travellers the chance to immerse themselves in Māori culture such as an exclusive private opening of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and a Marae experience with members of the Ngãti Pikiao tribe in their spiritual home.


Arcadia Expeditions Co-Founder, David Mannix says this unique expedition is ideal for those wanting to learn more about New Zealand’s rich history and its vibrant living culture.

“New Zealand is the last significant landmass in the world to be settled by humanity. We want to tell the story of Aotearoa in its entirety, from the first Polynesian arrivals in the North Island and the emergence of the fascinating Māori culture, to the arrival of Captain Cook and the spirit of the pioneers in the South Island.”

This 13-Day expedition, limited to just 16 people, is priced at $AUD28,450 per person and has two departures: 6 to 18 October 2022 and 26 March to 7 April 2023. The expedition is also available for private departures.



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