Captain Cook first wrote about the Māori people in 1769 after discovering New Zealand. Little did he know that the Māori were a Polynesian people originating from south-east Asia that had sailed to the islands in search of a new home. We learned that the Māori didn’t settle on the South Island because conditions were more favorable for survival on the North Island.
The Māori people and culture are well established and visible on the North Island with settlements found in many villages and towns along our route. All of the following images were made on the North Island.