Explore the Exotic Rainforest of Okere Falls, Learn the Philosophy and traditional uses of Maori plant medicine.
Native Bush Tour!
We will discover Rotorua’s beautiful Native Rainforests, with Denise Martin a Qualified Medical herbalist, who has been trained in Rongoa (Maori Plant Medicine).
We will taste test and look into the medicinal uses of our rich Native Fauna, its history, traditional uses and how we may use these magnificent herbs for every day ailments both internal and externally.
Also Discussing the most popular native herbs which are recognised Internationally and used in medicines, e.g. Manuka, kawakawa, Harakeke as well as their external uses as anaesthetics, tonics and blood purifiers.
Taking you right into the heart of Rotorua's local Sub tropical rain forests, soaked in Maori history and cultural significance to the local Te Arawa people. We will walk to historical caves and gaze at Tutea falls, which is a 7 metre waterfall in a spectacular setting surrounded by Native bush, Wildlife and Forest,
We end this tour at our Local Cafe - The Okere Falls Store, where we will have free tea sampling of the native herbs collected. Come join us for a fun morning of Education and Culture in a lush Native Rainforest!
Feedback from Gerlinde - Thank you Denise for making us feel so special and even more interested in learning about New Zealand's bush and plants. What I appreciated most is that you took your time with us. Down to earth and so relaxed! You explained, you showed, you answered all our questions. But at the same time there was time to look, to smell, to touch. Very appreciated also the way you told us the story about the Maori traditional uses of the many plants we saw, and then the Pakeha influences. And of course - the cuppa tea you made us and shared with us fresh from the plants we picked! A highlight of our road trip! Kia ora, Gerlinde.