Hints and Tips

• The genealogy of the word stems from “mana” strength or confidence, “ki te” passed to another, “tangata” person.

• Our guides here at Te Puia welcome you into our whānau and treat you with respect and kindness to grow your own sense of self-worth.


Manaakitanga holds a high value in Māori society. At the core of manaakitanga is how others are feeling, and here at Te Puia, every manuhiri (visitor) is treated as part of our whānau (family).

Europeans have been exploring Te Whakarewarewa Valley under the watchful guidance of our people for nearly 200 years. This manaakitanga philosophy became affectionately known worldwide.

Did you know?

Many of the guides you’ll see today are direct descendants of the original hosts from the 1800’s and live and breathe by our manaakitanga philosophy.


Manaakitanga means hospitality, kindness, or generosity and is the philosophy behind everything we do here at Te Puia.