Our unique blend of thrilling experiences and Maori culture makes Kaitiaki a leader in adventure tourism. Four core Maori concepts underpin everything that we do.
A Maori word that loosely translates to ‘hospitality’, manaakitanga it is central to Maori society and inspires the way that travellers are made to feel welcome when visiting New Zealand. In Maori culture,manaakitanga is a traditional value that is considered to be hugely important.
Kaitiakitanga has been described as guardianship or protection. The basic meaning of ’tiaki’ is to guard, depending on which context it is used, it also means to preserve, keep, conserve, nurture, protect and watch over. The prefix ‘kai’ with the verb ‘tiaki’ denotes the agent of the action of ‘tiaki’. Therefore, a kaitiaki is a guardian, keeper, preserver, conservator or protector. The addition of ‘tanga’ denotes preservation, conservation and protection.