Culture in Context Tour on the Otago Peninsula with lunch

Discover the beauty and rich history of Muaupoko, the Otago Peninsula, through a unique cultural lens.Take a journey with us to uncover how the early  Māori and European settlers to this land lived and thrived.

Māori, are of Polynesian decent, a sea faring people who travelled to Aotearoa, New Zealand, many centuries ago.  Take a half day journey with Horizon Tours and let our guides tell you stories of those voyages, and how these resourceful settlers thrived in new lands surrounded by unfamiliar flora and fauna.Explore the Otago Peninsula and discover some of the iconic sights of interest as we drive along scenic coastal roads.  Learn how early Māori lived, their customs and traditions. Hear how they interacted with European settlers, and how the two cultures created the landscape you see today.

per adult from




4 hours


Hotel pickup available


Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Tea and Coffee
    • Water
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Lunch - Antipasto lunch included (catered to dietary requirements)
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Horizon Tours, Dunedin New Zealand

      • We start by introducing you to this Southern city by taking a quick look at some of the finer historic buildings in Dunedin, before we make our way out to the Peninsula.
      • We spend much of our time on the Otago Peninsula, a site favoured by Māori for its abundant food and resources.
      • Learn about Māori cultural ancestry and how our people travelled to Aotearoa/New Zealand, and where they settled on arrival.
      • Understand the link between Māori and other Polynesian cultures in the South Pacific and their significance to New Zealand as a country today
      • We tour sites of significance to learn about how the early Māori settlers to Muaupoko, the Otago Peninsula, thrived and prospered in a new land for centuries before the arrival of Europeans.

      Duration: 1 hour

      Stop At: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin New Zealand

      From Dunedin we head out to the Otago Peninsula. This is where early Maori lived. Evidence of that still exists today....

      Duration: 40 minutes

      Stop At: Otakou 9077, New Zealand

      From the car park we get stunning views of the Otakou Marae (Maori meeting house). Hear James discuss the structure, design and roles marae play in Maori Culture, while also learning about the history of the area. (We do not access the marae grounds)

      Duration: 40 minutes

      Stop At: Portobello, Portobello, Dunedin, Otago Region, South Island

      A small settlement on the peninsula. Somewhere close by enjoy a Delicious antipasto lunch (catered to dietary requirements). Try the kawakawa tea too !

      Duration: 40 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Pick up at centrally located accommodation or from the Dunedin I-Site
      Departure Time :
      9:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Please wear closed-toed footwear and comfortable clothing
      • Dunedin is often a windy and sometimes wet city, we operate in all conditions, so please dress appropriately
      • Low to Medium level of fitness required for this tour - 10 minute walks included.
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      • Face masks are available in our vans
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



    Age Req.


    Fitness Req.


    Group Size


    Organised by Horizon Tours

    Activity ID: V-90921P4

    More like this

    Is this your business?

    If this is your business, Claim Your Listing so you can manage and update your profile through our Business Portal.

    Or you can improve this listing by Suggesting an Edit .