Regenerative tourism

The Seventh Generation

Akaroa Nature and History Tours

Private Tours Akaroa
Akaroa Tours

Authentic experiences

The Seventh Generation provides a deep understanding and local connection to New Zealand's history and nature and leaves you with inspiration and hope for the future.


Embark on a fascinating journey on a Akaroa Nature and History Tour guided by a Seventh Generation local. 


Know who you are, where you belong.


Protect that which you love.


Share stories that enhance, so that you leave better.

Tours thaT enhance

The Seventh Generation is a philosophy not just a tour. Leave this earth better for the seventh generation after us. Our aim is to inspire you with amazing history, personal stories and deep connection with nature so that you leave better.


Learning more about yourself by learning about others. The desire to know your own stories better through hearing good stories that inspire. Knowing who you are and how you connect to your own special place.


Connection to place, to the people, the culture, natural ecosystems, natural quiet, and the history that makes that place unique and special. The feeling that you have made a special connection during your visit, this you take home with you. 

The Tours

We are Akaroa specialists

Ready to guide you through a Real NZ journey.

Sustainability Regenerative Tourism

Join an extraordinary tour with The Seventh Generation, know Akaroa history better than the locals, experience beautiful places and go where few other people go.

The Seventh Generation Morning tea scones
The Seventh Generation - Natural and Cultural History Tours.

Akaroa Nature and History Tour

Including all of the very best history and nature sites that Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has to offer. Be awed by the rich history, the amazing characters and the stunning conservation projects. Connect deeply, be inspired and go home enhanced by this remarkable experience. 

School and Group Trips

Akaroa has everything schools and groups could want. 5 of the most important historic sites in NZ that together tell a complete settlement story. 

Nature and conservation projects that will connect you with nature, guided by a trained ecologist. 

School, University, Conference, Corporate, U3A

Private Experiences

Get the real experience during your time in New Zealand. Look no further if you want an authentic experience guided by an authentic seventh generation local who has dedicated her life to making this beautiful part of the world better. 

“World Class”  “Remarkable”




The site of 3 of New Zealand’s most important historic sites, such rich history can be told from one place. 

Tuhiraki, The Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha Massacre, Britomart Monument.


Ōnuku Marae

Rich in Māori culture and heritage, visually stunning, peaceful and quiet. 

The site of the first signing of The Treaty of Waitangi in the South Island.


Akaroa Heritage Park

The most beautiful and peaceful place you can imagine for a picnic overlooking the stunning Akaroa Harbour. 

A community conservation project to enhance and restore.


Hinewai Reserve

A visionary conservation project that will inspire and awe you with what one man with a purpose can achieve. 

The largest private reserve in NZ.

What Travelers Think

A very special experience with a “living treasure”, this is an excursion that should not be missed. Who better to recount the local history and stories but a 7th generation local. Respectful of the Māori narrative, Marie weaves human endeavour, geological activity and recent ecological initiatives into a feast of information that held us enthralled for the afternoon.

A World Class Tour, We enjoyed an excellent tour with Marie this afternoon. The tour certainly lived up to the high ratings of previous customers. We would recommend the three hour tour, which allows Marie full scope to set out her fascinating historical, cultural and ecological insights… Marie herself is a seventh generation local family member, and this shows in both the passion and the realism she brings to her wide ranging tour. A delicious home made picnic at Akaroa Heritage Park, with stunning views of the Harbour, topped off a most memorable afternoon.


The Seventh Generation is committed to regenerative tourism, to enhance community, place and nature. This holistic way of operating our business overlaps into all aspects of our life.

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now, and for future generations.
Independently validated as a quality tourism business.
Our vision is Leading the World in Sustainable Tourism - Toitū te taiao, toitū te tāpoi. E kōkiri ana e Aotearoa.
The Qualmark award is a recognised and trusted sign of a quality travel experience.
Weaving together stories of land-forming processes, flora and fauna, people, culture and communities, creating deeper understandings and sense of connection to place.
Protecting and restoring Ōkururu, creating carbon sinks for our carbon positive commitment.
The Seventh Generation Regenerative Tourism
Regenerating Ōkururu Founder
Banks Peninsula Storm 2021 Marie Haley Goughs Bay Road gave way
Banks Peninsula Storm 2021 took out the Goughs Road above our house…
The Seventh Generation Principle
The Seventh Generation Principle an indigenous concept - read more…

Explore the Seventh Generation

Read the latest news and stories of The Seventh Generation regenerative tourism philosophy and practices to uplift and inspire.

Enjoy stories of Akaroa’s History, local characters, interesting new research and connection to nature in this wide ranging blog. 

  • star rating  A very special experience with a “living treasure”,this is an excursion that should not be missed. Who better to recount the local history and stories but a 7th generation local.... read more

    December 1, 2021

    star rating  We took our two kids with us on this tour with Marie.they are 12 and 14. Originally the tour was because I have a familial French connection to the Akaroa... read more

    October 1, 2021

    star rating  We joined Marie’s tour after a chance meeting with her at the Benmore Dam lookout earlier this year. And what a tour. We had a warm welcome outside... read more

    Jim S
    October 1, 2021
  • star rating  We enjoyed an excellent tour with Marie this afternoon. The tour certainly lived up to the high ratings of previous customers. We would recommend the three hour tour, which allows... read more

    Simon and Sarah
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic tour with Marie. Her knowledge of the history of Akaroa, and the wonderful way she shared it, made it a very special occasion.... read more

    July 1, 2021

    star rating  We had an amazing tour with Marie on Saturday.. We had had spent a lot of time when we were young in Akaroa, and have family links going back to... read more

    May 1, 2021
  • star rating  Our family spent a beautiful autumn day learning about the early history of Akaroa from Marie. Her deep connection to the Banks Peninsula was evident not only in her knowledge... read more

    April 1, 2021

    star rating  The tour was called Araroa HIstory Safari. It was one of the best experiences my wife and I have had . A small tour group .Marie’s personal connection to the... read more

    January 1, 2020

    star rating  Booked this tour thru Princess Cruises. My wife and I were the only participants that December 2019 day. Marie was personable and very knowledgeable, giving lots of historic and... read more

    Lindsay L
    December 1, 2019
  • star rating  Booked this tour through Princess Cruises. Great tour. Very informative. Marie was very knowledgeable, personable, and made everyone feel at home. Learned so much about the... read more

    Rick&Charlotte Graham
    December 1, 2019

    star rating  My husband, teenage son, and myself enjoyed this 3 hour tour with guide and driver, Marie. She enthusiastically shares the stories of the people and places around Akaroa based... read more

    December 1, 2019

    star rating  The tour was conducted by Marie Haley who has extensive knowledge of the culture, history and geography of the area. She is personable, friendly, and makes terrific scones. ... read more

    MaryEllen W
    December 1, 2019

A journey like no other