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Kia ora.

New Zealand is a rich blend of cultures. Once a British colony, Great Britain still has a strong influence on New Zealand lifestyle, from sinfully delicious Devonshire Teas to New Zealand's national pastime, rugby.

Another fascinating thread in the fabric of New Zealand culture is that of the Maori, the pre-European settlers. While they have largely adopted a Western lifestyle, the Maori people still hold proudly to their native traditions. Their Polynesian-influenced language, customs, and art are a fixture in everyday New Zealand life. On your trip, you will learn about Maori history and folklore and will have the opportunity to participate in their customs in a genuine and meaningful way.