Award-winning New Zealand-born artist Sofia Minson is inspired by the connection with her Ngāti Porou ancestry to paint her distinctive pieces.
Maunga / Mount Hikurangi
Mountain peakRaukūmara 4083, New Zealand
"Hikurangi is famous for being one of the first places in the world to see the sunrise, so being there at sunrise is pretty special. You need permission to hike from the local office in Ruatōria, and then you take a four-wheel drive path and walk up to the whakairo (carvings). Spend the sunrise walking amongst these beautiful ancestral carvings."
RiverWaiapu River, Gisborne, New Zealand
"I'd recommend going there to see and pay your respects to the river. It's something that's in the blood of the people. The waters hold people's memories, and the people and the river are one. Then you'd have to go for a swim or surf at Wainui Beach and finish with fish and chips at Nūhaka."