Kai Waho - Unique Māori Cuisine, Cultural & Wilderness Experience

“Ko te mahi o te Ariki, ko te aroha me te manaaki”

“The service of a high chief is the compassion and caring for the people”

The Māori phrase Kai Waho can be translated as outdoor cuisine. It can also describe a master, or teacher, of the ways of the wilderness.

For guests at Tamau Pā, on the beautiful tribal lands of the Tuwharetoa iwi, both these meanings merge in an unforgettable and unique cultural, food and wilderness experience.

Tamau Pā, our comfortable whare (cabin), is situated on the eastern rim of the Taupo basin. Set in picturesque surroundings, at more than 900 metres, it is accessible only by air or via an exhilarating 35 minute off-road journey in a 4-wheel drive. Guests have exclusive access to a magnificent wilderness boasting native flora and fauna in a sub-alpine forest. The beautiful Ripia River runs through this stunning terrain.

One or multi day Kai Waho experiences are available year round.  Join us on our one day package 'Ko Tahi te Rā' - Free your Spirit or, if a longer visit appeals, experience 'Te Mata Aho' - Awakening Mind and Body.

Advanced Cultural Learning is offered as an optional extra if you wish to immerse yourself spiritually in the Māori way of life.

Simply the finest, most authentic Māori experience available.

Kai Waho

  • A culturally and historically honest experience
  • A natural experience, rather than a choreographed, templated one
  • An experience tailored specifically for you and/or a small group
  • Exclusive access to more than 2000 hectares of Māori-owned wilderness
  • An experience so special, the memories will last a lifetime

To make it happen, get in touch with Tom Loughlin. 

Tom, our legendary tangata whenua (person of the land), host, chef and hunter, will ensure your visit is as energetic or as tranquil as you wish. Whether it is for the day or longer, alone or with a group, you will never forget this unique experience.

tom@kaiwaho.co.nz or +64 27 290 6581

Nature - Native Bush

Explore the tranquil sub-alpine homeland.  Take the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna, and of the region's signficance to its Ngāti Tuwharetoa kaitiaki (caretakers).

Kai - Māori Food Experience

A culinary experience and a journey into the history of Māori kai (food).  Create your own hākari (feast) using traditional methods used by pre-European Maori.  Experience a traditional Māori hangi.


Sustainability is a Kai Waho core value.

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