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Helicopter Wilderness and Maori Forest Food Trails in New Zealand

Helicopter Wilderness and Maori Forest Food Trails in New Zealand


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Bay of Islands courtesy of Arcadia Expeditions

The Story of Aotearoa

Arcadia Expeditions has announced the release of its latest New Zealand 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.

meet the winemakers
Meet the New Zealand winemakers

Maori Culture – Learn more about New Zealand’s rich history

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: 6th – 18th October 2022 and 26th March – 7th April 2023. The expedition is also available for private departures. For more information, visit the Arcadia Expeditions website: or call +612 83198762 (International) or 1300 907 819 (Australia).

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Duke of Marlborough in New Zealand courtesy of Arcadia Expeditions

About Arcadia’s Storyteller: Dr James Robinson

A highly experienced historian and archivist, James is a skilled landscape archaeologist with a passion for the story of human settlement in the South Pacific. He is the Senior Archaeologist for Heritage New Zealand, the lead heritage government agency that is responsible for protecting archaeology. James incorporates a variety of European sciences and history, alongside traditional knowledge, to recreate testable stories to try and explain how and why such unique cultures developed in New Zealand. 

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