Toi Moko Traditional Maori Tattoo Experience

With no written language, our ancestors relied heavily on oratory and art to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next to perpetuate traditional customs, genealogies and many other elements the Maori world view was founded on. Among the most important was the practice of tā moko, or traditional Māori tattoo used to identify a person and illustrate his personal story. Each design is unique to the wearer and uses Māori design concepts to tell a story specific to the life history, passions and qualities of that particular individual.

Exclusive & Tailored Cultural Itinerary

In this extraordinarily unique experience, we will work with you to tailor a custom half-day itinerary specific to your interests to help inspire the story behind your very own moko. If you are feel a strong connection to the ocean, we will focus your itinerary on Tangaroa – the Māori sea god and introduce you first hand to our ancestral customs that relate to fishing, kaimoana (seafood gathering) and swimming/surfing at some of our most beautiful breaks. If inland adventuring or hunting is more your thing, we can theme your itinerary around Tāne Māhuta – God Of The Forests. Whatever you’re interests, we can create an itinerary that is guaranteed to give you a meaningful & relevant insight into our culture.

Meet The Artist & Discuss Your Design Over Lunch

In the afternoon we visit the rural studio of well respected Maori musician, carver and tā moko artist Katera Maihi (Katz). Over a lunch of local delicacies, you will have the opportunity to talk to Katz about what you want your moko to mean. He will then be able to draft a 100% unique design that conveys your story through traditional Māori design and symbolism.

Go Under The Needle

When the design is finalised, Katz will begin the tattooing ritual by offering a prayer to the Gods before conducting the almost spiritual process of adorning you with a gift that will last a lifetime.The time taken to apply moko will vary on the size and nature of the piece, however, most take between 2 – 4 hours.

Feast With The Locals!

When the needle stops and the task is complete, Katz will apply the final dressing and issue you with care instructions before indulging in a traditional hāngi feast to celebrate your genuine Māori connection to the people, the culture and the land of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Discover Our Culture To Inspire Your Own Personal New Zealand Story

Discover Our Culture To Inspire Your Own Personal New Zealand Story

Another Fine Example Of Tā Moko

Meet Katera Maihi, One Of New Zealand’s Finest Carvers & Tā Moko Artists.

A Connection To The Ocean Depicted In The Form Of A Stylised Shark

A Connection To The Ocean Depicted In The Form Of A Stylised Shark

Let Us Treat You To An Indigenous Culinary Experience You Will Never Forget.

Finally, Celebrate With An Indigenous Culinary Experience You Will Never Forget.