Unique to New Zealand, Moa lived for 60 million years in a lush, peaceful and primeval landscape until the end of the 13th century. Like the Kiwi, Moa couldn't fly - instead, they trekked everywhere. Unfortunately, they were no match for the Maori, the new migrants to New Zealand, who saw them as a tasty, easy-to-catch resource and didn't hesitate to put them on the menu and make cloaks from their feathers. Now extinct, these birds once came in several sizes - from small (1.3m tall) to very big (2m tall and weighing 250kgs).
MoaTrek is a New Zealand family business run by mother and son Ena and Miles, ever since we were kids, we've all known that there are so many absolutely magical spots all over the country, so in 1971 Ena and a few others decided to start up a tour company. In those days MoaTrek focussed on backpacker trips, our first ever trip was with a load of Aussie and Japanese travellers.
We kept running backpacker trips and pretty soon we knew everyone all around the country, and our trips were super popular. Fast forward today and our trips have grown up a bit, just like us possibly, and we now travel the same amazing spots but these days we happily rest in comfort at the end of each day in our 4-star hotels as opposed to pitching a tent and opening a can of baked beans for dinner!
But what hasn't changed is that we love nothing more than showing visitors to New Zealand all our favourite holiday spots, we still visit lots of places today that we did in the 1970s! That, and the magic that happens on every trip when a group of travellers share a once in a lifetime experience - that's why we do this and what makes us keep coming back for more, since 1971!