Indigenous travel experiences in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand not only offer some of the most spectacular landscapes, world-class food and wine, and magnificent wilderness areas. They are also home to indigenous cultures whose vibrant communities enhance our understanding of the history and heritage of each country.

From Uluru in Central Australia to the geothermal areas of New Zealand, the vast landscapes and natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand hold incredible cultural significance to the Traditional Owners of the lands.

Maruku Arts – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Maruku Arts – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park © Archie Sartracom

AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys recognise that a big part of what makes Australia and New Zealand such beautiful and unique destinations to visit are the immersive Indigenous tourism experiences on offer.

As a founding partner of the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys offer tours that honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and Maori history and culture. In addition, they are committed to encouraging the cultures, traditions and arts of the communities they visit to thrive.

After over 100 years of operation, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys have been fortunate to forge strong relationships with Indigenous communities across Australia and New Zealand.

Through immersive cultural experiences, they intend to shine a light on Indigenous cultures and captivating stories for years to come.

Maruku Arts
Maruku Arts © Archie Sartracom

Maruku Arts in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Located in the heart of Uluru, Maruku Arts has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft operation for over 30 years.

During an immersive Maruku Arts workshop, Anangu artists will share their culture with you and teach you about ancient symbols, art technique and the local language.

You can visit Maruku Arts on AAT Kings’ Outback Adventure 15-day guided holiday.

Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience in Katherine

On Inspiring Journeys Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets five-day small group tour you’ll have the chance to meet Manuel Pamkal at the Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience in Katherine. Manuel will greet you with a traditional welcome on the didgeridoo before teaching you about his rich cultural heritage. You’ll hear about his life in the bush and learn first-hand the fine art of rarrk (cross-hatch) painting.

Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience
Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience

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Wula Guda Nyinda Didgeridoo Dreaming in Monkey Mia

Located in spectacular Shark Bay, Western Australia, spend time relaxing around a campfire with didgeridoo meditation and enjoy bush tucker with traditional custodian Darren Capewell on AAT Kings’ Untamed Kimberley & West Coast 21-day guided tour.

Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua, NZ

Experience an unforgettable cultural performance and taste the earthy flavours of a traditional Hangi feast at Tamaki Maori Village located in New Zealand’s cultural heart of Rotorua as you journey through the land of The Long White Cloud with Inspiring Journeys.

Tamaki Maori Village
Tamaki Maori Village

Te Puia in Rotorua, NZ

As New Zealand’s Maori Cultural Centre, Te Puia showcases breathtaking geothermal wonders while being committed to preserving traditional expressions of Maori arts, crafts and culture. Join a local guide on the Spirit of New Zealand 21-day tour and discover the awe-inspiring power of the thermal valley.

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