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About Us - Manawa Tours

At Manawa Tours, we’re not just your average tour guide service; we are your passport to a tailor-made dream holiday in New Zealand. We understand that your idea of the perfect vacation might be as unique as you are, and that’s where we come in. We’re here to transform your travel dreams into unforgettable memories.

Crafting Your Dream Holiday

Imagine a tour service that’s not limited by pre-packaged itineraries, where you have the power to define your adventure. Whether your heart desires awe-inspiring scenery, rich cultural experiences, heart-pounding adrenaline rushes, or a mix of everything, Manawa Tours will handcraft your tour with unwavering dedication to your preferences.

Our commitment to creating the perfect tour experience is our driving force. We pledge to make every moment unforgettable, to craft a journey that will be imprinted in your memories forever.


Meet James, the founder of Manawa Tours. James’s journey in the tourism industry began during his school years when he landed his first job at the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. From those early days, his path led him into the transportation industry, where he carried everything from food, fuel, logs and, most importantly, people. Over the years, he’s had the privilege of exploring many corners of New Zealand that some only dream of.

What sets James apart is his unwavering passion for his Maori heritage. He has a deep love for sharing his people’s rich traditions and way of life with his manuhiri, or guests. Manawa Tours is the embodiment of this passion. James pours his heart and soul into ensuring that your stay in New Zealand is nothing short of extraordinary.

As a family-owned business, Manawa Tours is infused with a personal touch. James goes the extra mile to set us apart from the rest. We’re not just here to show you New Zealand; we’re here to make you feel the heartbeat of this incredible land. Our tours are crafted with care, and our commitment to your experience is unmatched.

At Manawa Tours, we invite you to embark on a journey that’s more than just a vacation; it’s an immersion into the heart and soul of Aotearoa. Let us make your New Zealand adventure a truly unforgettable one. We can’t wait to share our love for this land and its people with you.

      Welcome to the Manawa Tours family!

Quality Over Quantity

Unlike other companies that try to cram as much as possible into your itinerary, we believe in quality over quantity. We handpick only the finest experiences, ensuring that every day of your vacation is filled with remarkable adventures and cultural enrichment. This approach allows you to make the most of your precious time and provides true value for your money. We won’t drag you to places that don’t align with your preferences, making your journey truly one of a kind.

Versatility and Inclusivity

Manawa Tours caters to a wide range of travelers, from couples seeking a romantic getaway to private groups looking for an adventure of a lifetime. We are also family-friendly, with insights on the best places that both kids and adults will enjoy. As parents ourselves, we understand the importance of ensuring that every member of the family has a memorable experience.