Te Hana Te Ao Marama

North Auckland

You'll see the terraces of a lot of historic (fortified village) sites etched into hillsides all around NZ, but if you want to get an idea of how these Māori villages actually looked, take a one-hour guided tour of the recreated at Te Hana. It's best to book ahead.

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