All competitors who register for the Maunga to Moana event are highly encouraged to attend the opening ceremony or Powhiri. This ceremony signifies the opening of the M2M event on a spiritual and cultural level.
This is the traditional formal welcome to the area and marks the opening of all activities within the M2M event. This adds to the authenticity of our event bringing the M2M and East Coast communities together for the first time. A truely unique and unmissable experience.
“The best event you have never heard of”
Tom Carter (M2M 2019 – solo winner)
Nāti Fest, March 2022
The East Coast’s Ruatōrea consists of approx 750 people, majority of them living on nearby farms. The Maunga to Moana Event is an awesome activity which brings this small community together to provide hospitality unlike any other place in the world.
The M2M community market day is an opportunity for Manuhiri (Guests to the area) to buy, taste and experience local products. This also gives back to the community that is coming together to accommodate M2M competitors, spectators and guests.
Please come and enjoy local cuisine, activities and gifts provided by local vendors.
Location: Hāti Nāti cafe
Maunga Hikurangi tours
Ko Hikurangi Te Maunga, Ko Waiapu Te Awa, Ko Ngati Porou Te Iwi
Hikurangi the mountain, Waiapu the river, Ngati Porou the people
Stand before nine magnificent whakairo (carvings) – each larger than life, each holding a story you can see, hear and touch on top of a sacred maunga (mountain) – the highest non-volcanic peak in the North Island.
Welcome to our sacred place in the sun.
For those who would like the opportunity for your own personalized tour up Mt Hikurangi in comfort and luxury. Maunga Hikurangi guides have packages available for everybody. Book tours before and after the Maunga to Moana to see exactly the terrain your M2M Champions will traverse.
Bookings will be available online via the Maunga Hikurangi website below.
Explore with Air Ruatoria
Over the action packed weekend that is the Maunga to Moana it can be quite overwhelming with everything that is going on.
Why not book a flight with Air Ruatoria to get a birds eye view of our special and unique slice of paradise.
So come and enjoy our wonderful cultural landscapes, learn about our taonga, our iwi and the place we call “Paradise”
Nō reira, nau mai haere mai
To book flights head to the Air Ruatoria website below!
As apart of our traditional customs as a Maori Orientated operation, we finish our event with a Hakari or Feast in true East Coast style.
Food is hunted, gathered and outsourced in preparation for a traditional Hangi.
We celebrate the achievements and successes of all our competitors over a feast or kai in the most unique and memorable way. We share stories of triumph, moments of madness and laugh among newly formed friends. These are magical moments that competitors and guests will hold on to forever.
This is also used as the Hakari as our formal part of the event. We thank and honor competitors with prize giving, sponsorship awards and major prizes which are all presented here.
We encourage everybody to stay and enjoy the festivities and the hospitality of our experienced Ringawera here on the East Coast.
For those wishing to indulge in alcoholic beverages, there will be a venue available off site.