Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney

From AUD $50.00
  • 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 greenstone taonga were revealed
  • Listen to waiata (Māori song)
  • Walk down Māori Lane
  • Hear stories spanning over 230 years - visiting Māori chiefs; kidnappings; trade and more.

“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


  • '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.
  •  Covid-Safety: Kotahi Tourism is a registered NSW Covid-Safe business. 
  •  Accessibility: The tour route is downhill. There are stairs and uneven surfaces. 

Poihākena tours take place on Gadigal Country. Always was, always will be.

Awards include:

  • 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