Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney


Poihakena toursExplore The Rocks with a Māori Guide on a 2-hour walking tour and hear intriguing stories of Māori in Sydney, spanning 226 years. Award-winning Poihākena tours take place in The Rocks, Sydney. 

(Poihākena is the Māori word for Sydney/Port Jackson) 

Stories of Māori in Sydney begin at the harbours edge. Poihakena tour group at Campbells Cove.

 What to expect on Poihākena tours

On this 2 hour walking tour with a Māori Guide you’ll:

  • 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
  • Listen to waiata – Māori song
  • Hear surprising stories of Māori in Sydney spanning 226 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)
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Tour information

    • Poihākena tours depart from Campbells Cove, The Rocks
    • Group, private and school tours available anytime on request.
    • Tours depart on a Saturday (11am – 1pm). Bookings essential.
    • School, group and private tours are available in English or Te Reo Māori, with optional extras - Kapa Haka (performance) and Hāngi
    • 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 whānau/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 Cadigal Country. Always was, always will be.

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Groups & private tours

Saturday Tours

School groups

Awards for Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney

Winner - 2015 National Trust Heritage Award     LTG winner logo PT 2018    Interpretation Australia Winner Logo 2018

  • Winner 2019 Best Local Experience – NSW (Hospitality and Tourism Awards)
  • Winner 2018 Award for Excellence - Interpretation Australia.
  • Winner 2018 Tour Operator of the Year – Sydney (Luxury Tour Guide Award).
  • Winner 2015 National Trust Heritage Award - Heritage Tours & Multimedia.

Winners Logo - 2019 Travel and Hospitality Awards 'Best local experience - NSW'