The Māori All Blacks were welcomed on to Maungatapu Marae today to mark the beginning of their stay in Tauranga.
The squad has assembled in the Bay of Plenty this week ahead of their departure for the three-match tour of North and South America.
Players who had completed Mitre 10 Cup duty with their provinces would be based at the marae before heading to Auckland at the end of the week.
The squad's first game would be against USA in Chicago on November 3 (November 4 NZ time).
Māori All Blacks Match Schedule (Kickoff times are local)
Soldier Field, Chicago, USA
Saturday November 3
(Sunday 4 November 12pm NZT)
Estadio Do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Saturday November 10
(Sunday 11 November 11am NZT)
Estadio San Carlos De Apoquindo, Las Condes, Chile
Saturday November 17
(Sunday 11 November 9am NZT)