Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney

Award-winning Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney are based in The Rocks where Māori have lived, loved, traded, visited, worked and died for over 220 years.  

Māori tour guide in The Rocks Poihakena Maori Tour  Māori Tour in Campbells Cove

Poihākena is the Māori word for Port Jackson – Sydney. Māori have been coming to Sydney since 1793. 

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What to expect on Poihākena tours

On this 2 hour walking tour you’ll be guided by local Māori, passionate about their heritage and history; and who know how to tell a story!

  • Visit sites in The Rocks where Māori have lived, loved, traded, visited, worked and died since 1793
  • See Māori taonga (treasured objects) found on a local archeological site and now exhibited at The Rocks Discovery Museum
  • Walk down Māori Lane
  • Experience waiata – Māori song
  • Hear intriguing stories spanning 224 years …visiting Māori chiefs, kidnappings, trade; Wahine Toa – stories of Māori women, Māori entertainers –  and more!
  • Enjoy a delicious Hāngi lunch (optional extra – minimum numbers apply)
  Sydney Opera House and Māori Tour Guide  Māori Tour on archeological site in The Rocks  Maori tour in Sydney

Tour information

    • Poihākena tours depart from Campbells Cove, The Rocks
    • Tours depart once a month (Saturday) – bookings essential
    • School and group tours are available anytime with options for Kapa Haka (performance) and Hāngi
    • Poihākena tour gift vouchers are available and valid for 6 months.
    • T.shirts, bags, beanies and caps for sale via our online store
Indigenous and Māori in Sydney

“Poihākena Tours give a voice to the stories of our (Māori) ancestors and whanau/family who came here before us. One in five Māori now live in Australia and these stories are a reminder of our strong connection to Australia and our history and heritage here.”   Hohepa Ruhe, Kotahi Tourism Director

Please contact us if you’d like more information.


Poihākena tours take place on Gadigal Country. Always was, always will be.


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Winner - 2015 National Trust Heritage Award  Poihākena toursWinner 2015 National Trust Heritage Award - Heritage Tours & Multimedia