Discover by Doing | Mā te Mahi, Ka Mārama

… bringing people together through Māori context experiences.


… bringing people together through Māori context experiences. A whānau business, Travel Ed’s philosophy centres on Discover by Doing | Mā te Mahi, Ka Mārama. Discovery is a lifelong process. We never stop discovering in real world authentic contexts.

Examples of activities that Travel Ed offer

Coastline day trips, hangi making, kiwi and tuatara experiences, ancestral mountain hikes, waka paddling, waka ama paddling, river riding, paddle boarding, food gathering, traditional fishing, traditional marae stays, group tasks, kapa haka, traditional Māori games, Māori hand weaponry, traditional Māori medicines, conservation and environment projects, predator control (natural). Importantly, all of these activities are designed with fun in mind!!

Travel Ed complements these exciting programmes by offering guided day trips where we take you to various coastal Bay of Plenty tourist locations if you prefer to have less challenging experiences.

At the end of each programme and day trips participants will have developed new skills, knowledge and understanding, and an inquisitiveness to whet the appetite for more experiences in future.

Where our experiences are based

Our programmes and day trips are located along the beautiful Bay of Plenty coastline. They include community and environmental activities that engage with the local taiao (environment) and tangata whenua (local people), participants gain first-hand experiences from those who live in these communities, no matter what cultural backgrounds you might come from.

Our guiding principles

In the Māori world there are eight pou (pillars) that Travel Ed draws from as central guiding principles:

    • Manaakitanga (care for each other)
    • Hau Ora (personal wellbeing)
    • Hinengaro (mental wellbeing)
    • Tiakitanga (care for the environment)
    • Rangatiratanga (developing leadership)
    • Whakawhānaungatanga  (working together)
    • Turangawaewae (our place in the world)
    • Wairuatanga (spiritual wellbeing)

For more info
022 049 4465 or send us a message here.

Travel ED

Phone022 049 4465.

Our partners

Travel Ed partners with a number of small Māori operators who offer a wide range of hands-on activities based on their own cultural knowledge and strengths e.g. experts in the forests, the rivers and sea heritage. These operators have spent their lives in these environments and are excited to share what they have with you. They believe that we learn best by active and collaborative involvement rather than passive participation.

Schools and service/volunteer programmes

Contact us to discuss related Unit Standards or Achievement Standards or, if you run IB programmes, talk to our highly experienced IB team. We are more than happy to accommodate your needs including Service Projects and CAS programmes.

Service/Volunteer Programmes – contact us to discuss authentic service programmes.

Travel Ed has also partnered with the world-recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award as an Award Unit to provide programmes for the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards (including the Residential section requirement). Click here for more information.

We at Travel Ed are proud of our culture, and are excited to contribute to an Aotearoa that is based on cultural knowledge and understanding.

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