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Experience the Freedom of Travel, with Affordable and Private COVID-SAFE Tours Under Alert Level 2.

Escape while under Level 2 delta restrictions to one of your favourite and familiar destinations of stunning beauty, Akaroa, but see it in a completely new way with a COVID-SAFE private tour, that is both affordable and fabulous! Enjoy travel again!

Do you dream of escaping to travel again under no restrictions, with freedom and an ability to learn about new cultures, experience breath-taking scenery and really get to know a place and its history, all while reconnecting with your friends and family?

No need to socially distance, no need to wear a face mask, experience the normality of enjoying a tour without all of those annoying restrictions. Feel free to laugh, cough and even sing if you like! REALLY – Look here for up to date government guidance on private and charter tours.

We will visit some of the most beautiful places, far away from it all, at the End of the Earth – experience the natural quiet of nature and fresh ocean air that will fill your lung with freedom after weeks in lockdown. At the Nature Heritage Park, enjoy homemade scones and jam with one of the most relaxing views on earth, chat and reconnect in this open space.

Woman standing at the top of sea cliffs Banks Peninsula
Experience the natural quiet and freedom at the End of the Earth, Banks Peninsula’s sea cliffs with your guide Marie Haley.

I will take you to three of the most important historic sites in New Zealand and share with you the incredible stories that formed our nation, not from a dull historical narrative, but from a personal connection and local’s understanding, my ancestors, seven generations ago, where the first settlers to build a home in Akaroa, where present at the purchase of Banks Peninsula and where just beaten in the race for Akaroa. As a fan of Napoleon and friend of Victor Hugo, you will be in awe of the story of the very first French settler.

Learn about the inter-tribal warfare, the fierce warriors and the incredible adaptability of the Maori race. Connect to these stories like you haven’t before with exquisite details told by a guide with a complete understanding of complex events.

Onuku Marae Church and Pohutakawa Tree
Learn about the Maori culture and history events in Akaroa that changed the history of our nation.

Use your imagination to see how New Zealand was, once upon a time. The land of birds and giant old growth forest, of seabirds in their millions, of moa and whales breeding in our sheltered harbours. Use this imagination to establish in your own mind a future of Banks Peninsula, with its important conservation projects, Hinewai Reserve and the Wildside Predator Free NZ work.

Learn about your guide, Marie Haley’s, work in community conservation and her inspiration to act for the seventh generation to come, inspired by the seventh generation that came before. Her very real connections to the concepts of Tūrangawaewae, to know who you are and where you stand, and Kaitiakitanga, to protect for the future.

Learn about Marie’s regenerative tours to educate and inspire hope in the future, and her regenerative farming, to protect the farm her family has owned for seven generations. You will be inspired by her work to fence the streams, the forest and raise loved and cared for animals, and you will be blown away by the beauty of this place.

brown calf in long grass
Regenerative farming aims to heal the land, soil, water and mauri (lifeforce) of our land.

During Covid Alert Level 2 it is safe to travel on a private group, family or school tour with The Seventh Generation, all extra safety precautions are taken, Marie has had her first vaccination, with the second dose to come. The van is cleaned between tours and hand washing and sanitiser is provided. You will not have to wear a mask, a covid tracer code is provided and your details will be taken for the government regulations.

Your kōrero was informative and considerate! It was rich in history, well detailed, and researched. It served as a reminder of just how important it is for students to learn about where they come from and the stories from where they reside. Such learning out of the classroom is invaluable and necessary! It allows learners to make connections and better understand the world around them. Our students were able to visualise and better comprehend the events which had taken place in Akaroa and make connections with what happened then and what continues to happen in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Courtney, teacher Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, Christchurch.

Marie is a master storyteller and guide and is friendly and adaptable, she can design the itinerary especially for your groups needs during these crazy and changeable times. She has years of experience guiding school groups and as a teacher you can just relax and enjoy the stories alongside your students. As a tourist, just check out the rave five-star reviews “best tour ever, anywhere” “best way to get to know Akaroa” “she is a particularly valuable resource to kiwis of all ages interested in the rich history of their own country.”

Give your students the experience of making connections and better understanding the world around them, with an expert local guide.

Marie Haley

I am your guide, Marie Haley, I was born and raised on Banks Peninsula. The seventh generation direct decedent of Akaroa’s very first French settler. I grew up on the family farm following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, and his Grandfather before.