Maori Food and Heritage Trail
"Haere mai taua te hikoi i te ngahere" – “come walk with me in the forest”.
The forest food trail is aimed at educating guests on native Māori cuisine and the indigenous herbs and plants used, and is headed up by leading local expert, Riki Mitchell. Experience the Māori food trail including ingredients such as Horopito, Kawakawa and Piko Piko. Horopito has a chili pepper bite and is dried and used as a rub and seasoning, as is Kawakawa, which is used medicinally as a herbal tea and has traditional applications for stomach pains, blood cleansing, tooth ache and as a general tonic. Piko Piko, which is New Zealand’s native fern, is harvested and used for its edible shoots. The tour starts with the background to Māori cuisine and how this has translated through to the modern day. During the tour, guests sample a series of foods made with native herbs sourced on the property whilst learning about their medicinal and nutritional properties.
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