Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney


Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney

Explore The Rocks with a Māori guide on an award-winning 2-hour walking tour and discover the fascinating history of Māori in Sydney since 1793.

  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
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From AUD $40.00
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Product code: Poihākena Tour

Experience the Rocks from a Māori perspective, guided by local Māori passionate about their heritage and history – and who know how to tell a good story!

  • Visit sites in The Rocks where Māori have lived, loved, visited, traded, worked and died since 1793.
  • See Māori taonga (‘cultural treasure’) found on a local archaeological dig site and now exhibited at The Rocks Discovery Museum.
  • Visit the archaeological dig site where taonga were revealed
  • Listen to waiata (Māori song)
  • Walk down Māori Lane
  • Hear stories spanning over 225 years- visiting Māori chiefs; kidnappings; trade and more!

This 2 hour walking tour departs from Campbells Cove, The Rocks on Saturdays at 11am.

“Poihākena Tours give a voice to the stories of our (Māori) ancestors and whānau/family who came here before us. One in five Māori now live in Australia and these stories are a reminder of our strong connection to Australia, and our history and heritage here.” Hohepa Ruhe, Kotahi Tourism Director


  • Winner 2018 Award for Excellence – Interpretation Australia.
  • Winner 2018 Tour Operator of the Year – Sydney (Luxury Tour Guide Award).
  • Winner 2015 National Trust Heritage Award – Heritage Tours & Multimedia


  •  ‘Child’ price refers to ages 5-17. Children under 5 are free of charge.
  •  Tours for primary and secondary schools are available anytime on request
  •  Private and group tours are also available on request, and offered in both English and Te Reo Māori.
Poihākena tours take place on Gadigal Country. Always was, always will be.

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