A LAND REAWAKENING
For centuries, Tahi has been home to the Maori, and from the 19th century, European settlers. The land is full of archaeological gems from both Maori and early European occupation for you to discover.
Originally Ohuatahi, the name given to this land by the Maori, was centred on an important pā – a Maori fortified village. The remains of the site – the living areas, cooking and waste pits of the Te Waiariki, the earliest inhabitants – can still be seen. You may even discover pieces of eggshell from the moa, a huge flightless bird that once inhabited the area and formed a staple food source for the Maori.
With a deep belief in the spiritual sanctity of the land and the inseparable connections between all things, Maori tribes wove legends around the land, forests and sea. These legends, handed down the generations, tell stories of how the landscape came to be.
Through the transformation that is taking place, the vital spirit of the land is returning, heralded by the flocks of birds reappearing, the forests regenerating and Tahi becoming a thriving community once again.
“One of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. A wonderful, relaxing and informative stay. Thank you for creating this amazing eco-retreat and for preserving this land.”