Maori Immersion & Adventure
Days: 14
From: $3200
Style: Classic Adventure
Māori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) of Aotearoa New Zealand. Māori have a rich and dynamic culture with special affinity for the natural world. Māori culture is a living treasure, indigenous and unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. Through their whakapapa (genealogy), Māori trace their families back to the waka that their ancestors sailed in across the vast Pacific Ocean. The Māori Immersion and Adventure trip allow participants to learn along-side Māori and to explore their history, their cultural connection to the land, the sea and the environment while also discovering the abundance of adventure activites. 

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  • Trek along the stunning coastline track of the Abel Tasman National Park


  • Kayak alongside seal-pups and look for sea life in the rockpools


  • Meet local Maori people and learn about Tikanga (protocol) and Maori approaches to family, the environment and wellbeing


  • Explore and camp in the hidden underground world of limestone caves


  • Waka Ama (traditional canoe) alongside Maori students



  • Visit the local markets, farmers markets and towns to learn more about foods, arts, crafts and local life.


  • Options to rock climb or mountain bike the surrounding mountains


Costa Rica

Day 1: Depart from Home

Depart Florida for New Zealand (via LA, SF or Houston)

Day 2: Welcome to New Zealand!

Arrive Auckland NZ and meet our local guides before connecting to Nelson (90 mins) Journey to Nelson which is located on the northern end of the New Zealands famous south island. Meet the education team, programme orientation and walk on the beach to shake off the flight. Welcome BBQ and evening firelight stories of the region. Relax, you've made it!

Day 3: A Different Way of Life

The morning will begin with a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) onto local Marae (meeting house). Meet local Maori people and learn about Tikanga (protocol) and Maori approaches to family, the environment and wellbeing. Faciliated discussion designed to compare and contrast life as a US citizen to that in NZ. Later that day we will visit Riuwka Resurgence – a beautiful, mountain spring that holds sacred status for the local Maori population. Short bush-walk to learn about local flora and fauna, indigenous use of plants for healing and food. Explore the connection of New Zealanders to the land.

Day 4: Underground Exploration

Today we journey underground on a caving expedition - explore the underworld in a myriad of limestone caves before setting up our camp deep within the cave for the night. Enjoy an evening filled with games, stories and plenty of laughter! *Alternative to stay in a mountain hut

Day 6: Coastal Exploration

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before continuing through the mountains before descending down to the golden sand beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy a well-deserved break on the beach! Bunk overnight in a beach-side cabin

Day 5: The Edge of the World

Today we will hike through mountain beech forests and plateaus into the wilderness. Cook on fires and explore the incredible night sky of the wilderness. Bunk overnight in a remote mountain cabin.

Day 7: Beachfront Camping

Follow the stunning coastline track of the Abel Tasman National Park before arriving at a large beachfront campsite to be met by local Maori students. Traditional welcome on the beach followed by cultural workshops and shared cultural story-telling around the campfire.

Day 13: End of the Journey

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end...or do they! Although we head home today, the sights and experiences from New Zealand will be forever a part of your life!

Day 8: Traditional Canoe Excursion

Waka Ama (traditional canoe) alongside Maori students. Learning about the coastline, traditional life in the area, myths and legends of the region. Further cultural workshops and opportunity to compare and contrast life as a teenager in the US vs NZ. Facilitated discussions around the concept of Global citizenships. Shared ‘kai’ (food) around the campfire.

Day 9: Coming Full Circle

Farewells and reflections with the Maori students. Finish the expedition with a 5 mile hike back to civilisation and base camp.

Day 10: Exploring Town

Visit the local markets, farmers markets and towns to learn more about foods, arts, crafts and local life. An important ‘rest day’ from the outdoor activities.

Day 11: Remote Beaches

Travel to Golden Bay and explore the world’s clearest waters at the sacred Waikoropupu Springs. Continue on to one of the wildest, most beautiful and remote beaches in the region. Look for seal-pups and sea life in the rockpools. Overnight in a wetlands cabin.

Day 12: Farewell BBQ

Conservation and Environmental Science in the wetlands. Learn from local conservation groups about the ecological significance of wetlands and cultural and historical significance of the local wetlands. Reflect on Maori approaches to conservation and what we can learn from these today. Tonight we will end our journey with a BBQ joining together all of the new friends that we met along the way. Reflections and farewells.

Day 14: Arrive at Home

Arrive back in the United States

All inclusive convenience meets Beyond the Map adventure! We've thought of it all so you don't have to once you leave home!      
Breakfast, lunch  & dinner each day. Hangry-free guaranteed!
Rustic & modern options available, depending on your style and budget. 

Local, private transportation. No random drivers, no cattle-herding tour buses!

From start to finish, we're with you! Unlike many companies, our expert guides are there 24/7 to provide unique information, answer questions and even deliver the occasional joke! 

All activities outlined in the itinerary are included in your cost before you ever leave! 

Why Travel With Us
Support locals and small businesses 
Skip the tourist trails and get off-the beaten path
Have a small group? Customize the trip for your specific interests 

Mike Dann

The Costa Rica trip met and exceeded all my expectations. Accommodations, at all levels, were a wonderful experience. Caving, Ziplining, Rafting, Repelling,Wildlife experiences, Local people. What could be better! The trip was well planned in order of easy experiences to more difficult as the trip progressed. Easing us old timers into it. Cody and Lystina were great hosts, guides, traveling companions and very conscientious for each of the team members. 

Steve Blatney

This was hands-down one of the the most exciting, rewarding, and memorable trips I've ever been on! The peace of mind to know that I didn't have to worry about anything was worth every penny. All I had to do was show up. Cody and Lystina took it from there. No stress, no anxiety, no rushing around or wasting time trying to find an activity or a place to eat. I got to sit back, relax, and experience a whole new world that was far beyond my map.

Madisen Gomez

Beyond the map is for sure one of the best travel companies you can go with. Everything they had us do was something I never thought I was capable of! I pushed myself & completed everything & it was just an amazing feeling. The things you see and the people you meet just makes the trip hundred times better! This was my first time in Costa Rica & I don’t think I would’ve had a better experience with anyone else! 

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