Kuaka is the Maori name for the Bar Tailed Godwit, a bird who migrates every year between Alaska & the Bay of Plenty, in New Zealand (where we are based). The Kuaka migrate to New Zealand during the northern winter months to replenish & revitalize themselves before returning home.

In local Maori culture, the Kuaka is considered to be the link between the two hemispheres, a carrier of knowledge & the bringer of positive messages.


We have been given the name Kuaka by local Maori people because our visitors are likened to the Kuaka — as they also travel across the hemispheres to nourish themselves, before returning home.