Inspiration mixed with tradition – It’s all in a day’s work for Maori masterchef Charles Royal, famous for introducing indigenous herbs and spices into the mainstream New Zealand diet.

These include Pikopiko – fern fronds with a refreshing taste resembling something between a pea and bush asparagus, Horopito – Maori bush pepper, Kawakawa – Maori bush basil with a soft, heart-shaped leaf and healing properties, the Maori Potato - a cute purple gem, and many other natural and traditional ingredients.

Charles has designed menus for the national airline of New Zealand, and his indigenous ingredients are found on a la carte and fine dining restaurant menus throughout the country.

With Charles Royal Maori Food Trails, you can take an exclusive bush tour, enjoy marae (Maori meeting house) stays, menu consultation, camping trips, home-cooked meals, and cooking demonstrations with Charles and his family.

Options include a Maori Food Trail on Mokoia Island, Soda Springs Wildfood Adventure, traveling and eating in style with Charles on Pure Cruises to Manupirua Springs, a Marae Stay & Seafood Tour, Go Bush in Taumarunui, and more.