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It's all about the PEOPLE

MDA Experiences is an outdoor company owned and operated by brothers Takurua and Tuhua Mutu. First started in 1989 (then named Priceless Experiences) by one of the forefathers of the modern day adventure industry, Kim Price, MDA Experiences has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience that have lead it to become an industry leader for educational tours.


The MDA Experiences whānau (family) is one that was born from an ethos of ensuring that every experience is always about the people first. Our crew of professional and personable guides carry on the traditional beliefs of Māori such as Manaakitanga (caring for those around us), Kaitiakitanga (protecting our planet and people) and Whanaungatanga (creating lasting relationships with those we bring in to our lives).

Our strong focus on Māori culture, coupled with the awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand, topped off with the ability to create adventures that suit anyone’s age, ability and interests, have seen MDA Experiences become the preferred choice for those seeking bespoke and genuine experiences.

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What makes Education Tours New Zealand different?

Our humble beginnings have provided Education Tours NZ and the wider MDA Experiences group with a unique approach to business and providing unforgettable experiences. That approach focuses on three elements to ensure the best outcome for everyone; The People, The Environment and The Experience.

The People - MDA Experiences is a Māori owned and operated company and with that comes a responsibility to uphold the beliefs and traditions. There is a commonly used saying in Māori known throughout the various tribes; "He aha mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata". What is the most important thing in the world? The people, the people, the people. This ideology is what both motivates our crew and ensures that everyone who travels with us receives a genuine, heartfelt and fun experience that will remembered for a lifetime.

The Environment - Kaitiakitanga - Guardianship of the land is the role we play and given the fragile nature of our environment, it is our belief that we impart our knowledge of Aotearoa, New Zealand, to all that travel with us. This includes instilling an idea of ownership of our whenua (land) and that its protection is the responsibility of all. We are proud to be awarded the Gold standard for Quality Assurance.

The Experience - MDA Experiences has a unique offering that is largely inaccessible to overseas visitors. With over three decades of operating and relationships that extend nation wide, we have the ability to provide itineraries that are seamless and take you further off the beaten track. From staying on our guides own family marae (traditional Māori village) to taking on a myriad of adventures, many of which we provide in house.


We challenge you to find any other operator who can combine both the adventure and cultural elements like MDA Experiences can. We are also one of the few educational tour providers who is Qualmarked, Adventure Activity Regulations Audited and Registered, Transport Service Licence Approved, Maritime New Zealand Audited and Registered, a New Zealand Māori Tourism Member and a Tourism Industry Aotearoa Member. 

Experience the MDA difference, contact us to get your next unforgettable journey started.

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