Journey to the outskirts of Rotorua to a Maori village, nestled in an ancient forest. Observe the ceremonies, traditions and history through dance, presentations and a buffet meal during your trip into the heart of Maori culture.
What to Expect
Experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performances, storytelling and hangi feasting!
Experience first-hand the traditional Powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome, before you are invited into the Pre-European Maori village, nestled within the native Tawa forest
As you enter the living village, it comes alive with the sights, sounds and activity of days gone by, including facial tattooing, weaving, carving and demonstrations on how our food was cooked and preserved many years ago.
See, touch, take time and talk to our people as you wander through the village. You may even be invited to take part in stick games and warrior training.
Witness the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit by your selected Chiefs, to reveal baskets laden with a sumptuous, mouth watering feast that has been cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.
At the heart of the Village, enter the ancestral Meeting House, and relax as our family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance, including action songs, poi, stick games and the world famous “haka” Maori War Dance.
The sharing of food is an important part of Maori custom and you are invited you to join a traditional hangi buffet feast, followed by our New Zealand dessert.
The evening draws to a close with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony. There will be waiata (songs) and whaikorero (speeches), before you are safely transferred back to your Rotorua accommodation.
- Round trip transportation
- Entrance to Tamaki Maori Village
- Buffet meal
What's Not Included
- Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)
Know Before You Go
• Please bring a warm jacket, sensible footwear and your camera!
• Wheelchair accessible