Maori Art of Weaving is an ‘Eternal Thread’ You Can Follow Back & Through New Zealand

‘Down Under Answers’ 14-Day Packages Start at $2,899 Per Person, Including Air

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — As dawn rose above the Golden Gate Bridge today, a strange sight emerged from the early morning mists: a 53-foot “Waka,” or ocean-going canoe, paddled by 18 young Maori (New Zealand’s first inhabitants), moving swiftly towards San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

The landing marked the opening of “Toi Maori: Art from the Maori People of New Zealand” — a traveling exhibition of New Zealand’s indigenous culture, arts and crafts that will begin at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, August 5 – 14, http://www.newzealand.com/travel/?C6D77763-BCD8-304B-0A6C-667796BA8F01, in San Francisco before visiting other West Coast cities with its collection of intricately woven Maori cloaks — the living, “Eternal Thread” linking the Maori to their ancestral past and beckoning travelers to its birthplace in New Zealand.

Down Under Answers has designed a package that will allow travelers to trace these Maori traditions, while also enjoying the dramatic landscapes, superb food and wine and varied accommodations for which the country is renowned. The 14-day packages start at $2,899 per person, including airfare with Air New Zealand from Los Angeles and San Francisco, 14-day car rental, accommodations, and activities as outlined in the itinerary on http://www.newzealand.com/travel/getting-to-nz/travel-agents/travel- deals/united-states/down-under-answers-presents-the-essence-of-new-zealand–a- cultural-journey-14-days.cfm

Among the places the thread leads is Northland, the birthplace of the nation in the northernmost reaches of North Island. Here the first Maori stepped foot on New Zealand soil — leading to the migration of Maori from distant parts of Polynesia. The itinerary weaves a tale as intricate as the cloaks themselves, with a Maori guide leading visitors into the depths of the Puketi forest, home to New Zealand’s legendary Kauri trees — almost as gigantic and every bit as old (20 – 40 centuries) as California redwoods.

For more information on Washington-based Down Under Answers packages, visit http://duatravel.com/ or call toll-free 1-800-788-6685.

For information about New Zealand’s many vacation options, log onto the 100% Pure New Zealand website at http://www.newzealand.com/, or call 1-866-NEW ZEALAND (1-866-639-9325).

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