The seventh generation principle in a tour

The Seventh Generation

Get to know Akaroa with an inspirational nature & history tour
Tūrangawaewae | Connect
Kaitiakitanga | Protect
Manaakitanga | Share
…for The Seventh Generation coming after us.

“Best tourism experience in Canterbury!!“

The landscapes and views are astounding – magnificent and beautiful.
This is a unique, memorable experience unlike any other.

“Unforgettable and Must Do”

Most meaningful trip I had taken during our 3-month stay in New Zealand.

“ We loved every minute.”

Marie combines her personal knowledge and deep sense of connection with the land with research and oral tradition.

Destination Akaroa

Akaroa is home to five of the most important historic sites in New Zealand, with ‘a richer set of narratives than Waitangi’.
Guided by a Seventh Generation local, you will explore hidden gems not found in guidebooks.


We’ll visit Takapūneke, Ōnuku Marae, French Akaroa and Heritage Park providing stunning views over the township where we enjoy free homemade scones & tea.

You’ll be as stunned by Akaroa’s fascinating history, as you are by its unparalleled natural beauty.


Continuing with an exploration of natural sites like the world renowned Hinewai Reserve, and sea cliffs at the End of the Earth!

Educational, enthralling and unforgettable. Get ready to be inspired by The Seventh Generation Principle!


The Tours

The Seventh Generation are THE Akaroa specialists

History, ecology, storytelling, woven into one complete tour…

Join me on a tour of my home town.

Akaroa History Tour
Private Tour Guide Akaroa NZ The Seventh Generation Marie Haley

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. 

Perfect for Aotearoa NZ Histories Curriculum Teacher Training PD. Let us help you!

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.


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.


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.


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 World Class Tour.
We enjoyed an excellent tour with Marie this afternoon.
The tour certainly lived up to the high ratings of previous customers.
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.
A Gold Award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination.
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  The stories Marie told us embracing seven generations of her family and their relationship with Akaroa. Her passion for past, present and future is very energising.

    March 24, 2023

    star rating  Profoundly educational and meaningful

    In February, 2023, Marie introduced us to Akaroa's history, flora, fauna. Four hours flashed by as we were additionally regaled with historical and personal... read more

    March 10, 2023

    star rating  Akaroa is a magical place and Marie Haley brings the history and culture to life. Growing up in the states I heard stories of my ancestors arriving in New Zealand... read more

    February 19, 2023
  • star rating  We had an incredible tour with Marie. She was very knowledgeable of Akaroa and Maori history and she provided unique insights to the land that you can't get on any... read more

    January 5, 2023

    star rating  Marie provided us with an incredible personalised tour full of amazing sites and historical knowledge. As a seventh generation descendant of the original settlers of Akaroa Marie had incredible insight... read more

    January 4, 2023

    star rating  Marie Haley describes herself as a storyteller, historian and ecologist. But more than that, she has a unique personal perspective as a seventh-generation descendant of one of the original French... read more

    November 29, 2022
  • star rating  Marie's knowledge, passion and connection to the land was inspiring. She was able to combine history, ecology, culture, geology, storytelling and more into a very informative three hours. I felt... read more

    September 25, 2022

    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

    December 13, 2021

    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 17, 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

A journey like no other