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history walk

Garden of Memories Tour.

history walk

Garden of Memories Tour.

Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
history walk

Garden of Memories Tour.

history walk

Garden of Memories Tour.

Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

I will meet you at the gates to the Emilia Maude Nixon "Garden of Memories" which overlooks Howick beach. We'll learn of the local Ngai Tai tribe's ancestor Torere. We'll discover the relationship between Torere's descendants and Emilia Maude Nixon, a teacher of Scottish descent who called Howick home about 100 years ago. The panoramic ocean view before us is breath-taking, with Howick township behind us styled in the character of an old English village. As we stroll through the rose garden towards the Maori meeting house called Matariki whare, I'll tell you how Matariki came to be and it's intriguing controversial beginnings. I'll describe the historical relationship between Maori and Pakeha / European in the area and by this point, you will have learned a few new Maori words. You'll view the "Tainui Garden" once you reach Matariki, as it sits like a precious greenstone, waiting in the estuary running quietly below. As we descend into this native bush, I'll share our Maori legends and how they relate to certain medicinal plants. There are Nikau, Ponga, Kawakawa and more. Once we emerge from the bush, we'll end with you giving the long poi a try and I'll perform for you.

Your host

Learn more about Jesamine

Jesamine

I am of Maori, Samoan and Pakeha (European) descent, with a deep love for Maori language, history, culture, song and dance, which I teach at Howick Intermediate and Owairoa Primary School. I also perform and teach a form of Maori cultural dance known as the "Long Poi" and am the founder of https://www.facebook.com/groups/poi.tu.te.hou/. I have lived locally in Howick for 10 years and in Aotearoa (New Zealand) all my life. I hail from the East Coast tribe of Ngati Porou. I am also a volunteer tutor at Matariki Whare in Howick. This year I've finally decided to certify my knowledge and graduated in March with Level 5 Te Reo Maori. I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Maori Studies and Education. However, it's my family and my Maori language support networks that have inspired my journey in sharing life with you. Enjoy!

What's included

Drinks
1 x Fresh bottled water.

Where you'll be

'The Garden of Memories' is a peaceful place, gifted in celebration of friendship with Maori and to bring Maori and Pakeha together. The garden entrance over-looks Howick beach, allowing a panoramic sea-view. A heritage dining hall sits on a path adorned with attractive colourful flowers. This path leads to Matariki, a contemporary Maori meeting house behind which is a hidden native bush only locals know of, with huge historical significant.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. If you are allergic to insect bites, be aware that mosquitos could be present in the bush at certain times of the year, especially Summer months. If this is you, please bring your insect repellant.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Good quality foot wear appropriate for a bush walk. Able bodied elderly guests may be able to enjoy this walk with assistance. However, safety comes first. Please follow my advice at all times in the bush walk.

More tips

If it rains heavily, the bush walk would be too dangerous, as the stairs are steep and can be slippery when wet. Solid, rubber soled foot-wear is recommended. Elderly or frail people will struggle.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Jesamine
Garden of Memories Tour.
New experience
$22/person
New experience
$22/person