The traditional Maori Powhiri & event opening will take place from 11.00am to 12.30pm on Friday 20th March at Otukou Marae, Otukou Road off State Highway 47 (Directions to Otukou Marae).
This is a very special occasion not to be missed at the foot of Tongariro, one of the Park’s sacred peaks. Please book your place which includes a Marae hosted morning tea in the shop section of your ROF online entry. Bookings for the Powhiri close on Friday 13th March.
We highly recommend this experience to give some context to what you’ll be doing the following day.
Event Cultural Tours
Want to totally immerse yourself in the cultural history of the Tongariro National Park? Local tour operators Shane & Marama Isherwood (Ngati Hikairo) are offering small group and couples tours for Ring of Fire competitors and supporters throughout event week.
The 5 hour excursion includes transport with pick up from the Chateau Tongariro at 10am daily.
The tour is an absorbing and fascinating insight into the cultural and natural history of Tongariro National Park including Te Porere Redoubt, Marae Visit, Opotaka – home of the Haka and Trout hatcheries nearby Tongariro River. An optional extra is a visit to the Tokaanu Geothermal Hotpools at the end of tour.
$120pp minimum two people. Excludes entry to Hot Pools. If you would like to book the tour please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
More special offer to event participants will be made available here.