Get to know Akaroa with an inspirational nature & history tour – designed for International Students

ISIC members receive 20% discount


Get to know New Zealand with an inspirational nature & history tour
Tūrangawaewae | Connect
Kaitiakitanga | Protect
Manaakitanga | Share
…for the seventh generation coming after us.
On this one of a kind tour, you will take a deep dive into New Zealand History, understanding the full bicultural settlement story, Maori and European history. You will understand the natural history of New Zealand, the changes over time and you will leave inspired, with hope for the future after visiting Hinewai Reserve and learning about The Seventh Generation Principle.
Marie Haley is a seventh generation descendant of the first French settlers, a historian, ecologist and natural born storyteller who has spent her lifetime collecting and connecting these stories into a whole narrative that is easy to understand and will blow you away, there is not another educational experience like this in Aotearoa!

The Tour Details

Pick up Akaroa (departure time flexible, usually 12:15pm to fit the shuttle bus from Christchurch)

Akaroa’s waterfront geology of Akaroa Volcano and Southern Alps, the creation of Te Pātaka o Rakaihautu/Banks Peninsula, Polynesian navigation and settlement, and understanding the natural history of NZ.

Takapūneke – walk the new memorial to understand Maori culture and the Brig Elizabeth Incident which was the first European involvement in intertribal warfare and led to the First British Resident, the Declaration of Independence and ultimately the Treaty of Waitangi.

Onuku – visit the site of the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the South Island and understand how the treaty has remained relevant today.

Britomart Monument – view the site of the first demonstration of British Sovereignty over the South Island in the race for the French who had purchased Banks Peninsula and were arriving to the first planned European Settlement in the South Island.

Kemps Purchase – The governments forced sale of 8.1 million hectares of Ngai Tahu land and broken promises.

French Landing – Visit the French town of Akaroa

Heritage Park – stop as we climb our way up the inside of the extinct volcano for a spectacular photo stop & crash course on native plant identification.

Hinewai Reserve – Be inspired by the vision of one man, Hugh Wilson and his life’s work – the largest private native forest restoration reserve in New Zealand where introduced invasive weeds are used to regenerative native forest, with little human intervention.

Ellengowen Reserve – photo stop at the crater rim, be blown away, either by the view or the wind depending on the day! Look out over the Pacific Ocean while looking down upon picturesque Akaroa Harbour at the same time!

On our way home to Akaroa, we learn about the Seventh Generation Principle, caring for the earth for seven generations to come, turangawaewae (knowing where we belong) so we can be better kaitiakitanga (guardians) of the land and the stories, and Manaakitanga (telling those stories well) for seven generations to come, leaving you with a real hope for the future.

Make an Enquiry

If you have a few friends (at least 3, no more than 8) that are keen to experience this tour.


Submit a booking enquiry and we’ll help you get booked in.


Don’t forget if you’re an ISIC member you’ll get 20% discount! 

In all your actions, think of THE SEVENTH GENERATION after you, and that came before.

“Storytelling is my passion and my way of life. I have been connected to this land and community for seven generations..”
Marie Haley