Sustainability underpins everything we do at Tamau Pā. In accordance with traditional Māori values, we look to the past, the present and the future in our activities. We understand that we are kaitiaki (caretakers) of this beautiful land - just as our ancestors respected the land and its offerings, we respect it too, so that generations to come will enjoy this place of great serenity and bounty.

Environmental Sustainability

  • We educate all our visitors about the natural Māori world, to help foster an understanding of a balanced environment. When our visitors leave, they take with them a new understanding of kaitiakitanga which can be applied to all treasured environments.
  • We operate a selective tuna (long-fin eel) programme, a catch-and-release trout programme, selective hunting and a management programme for the wild Sika Deer herd.

Cultural Sustainability

  • An exciting new initiative is our Rangitahi Wānanga (Māori Youth Workshops). Young Māori spend time at Tamau Pā learning about the environment, sustainability values, about their own culture and developing new skills which, in turn, they can pass on to their whanau and friends.














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