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Performance of a haka in Rotorua

Maori Culture in Rotorua

Rotorua is the Heartland of Maori culture and the spirit and heritage of local Maori enriches the region as surely as the geothermal activity enlivens it. Ngati Whakaue, the name of the local tribe, arrived in Aoteroa New Zealand, aboard the waka (canoe), Te Arawa. The people are often called Te Arawa, for the name of the mighty waka that brought Tamatekapua, the leader of the tribe, and his people to Ohinemutu on the bank of Lake Rotorua.

Note: Te Arawa is often used to describe the extended tribe descended from Tamatekapua. Ngati Whakaue is just one of these.

The hospitality and generosity of the Ngati Whakaue people goes right back to early European visits when the tribe became the very first guides to the magnificent natural wonders of their homeland. This warm and welcoming attitude is alive in the local people today and Rotorua is a tourist destination with a tradition of expressive joy and energy in sharing the rich culture and lush landscape.

There are ample opportunities to witness the deeply moving expressions of Maori Culture in Rotorua. Legends, stories and history come to us through an abundance of creative medias; music, art, carvings, poi dancing and the famous Haka.


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This week's featured Maori cultural activities in Rotorua are:

Featured Maori Cultural Activities

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $130.00 per person

Complete your adventure through Rotorua with a traditional Maori "hangi" feast. You'll travel by coach to Tamaki Maori Village where your local guide will escort you on a cultural journey to the "marae" (Maori village), the life force of New Zealand's indigenous people. Take the opportunity to engage in an evening of local customs including a traditional Maori dinner feast.

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Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience

Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $40.00 per person

Uncover New Zealand's rich Maori heritage with a 1-hour 15-minute guided tour of the Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua. Accompanied by a Maori guide, you'll learn more about the culture and beliefs of the Ngati Whakaue tribe, get to drink from the sacred spring, and discover the ancient practices of fishing, weapon making, and natural medicine. More...

Kawarau Jet Rotorua and Mokoia Island Combo

Kawarau Jet Rotorua and Mokoia Island Combo

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $99.00 per person

Located in the middle of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island is the site of one of our countries most famous love stories of Hinemoa and Tutanekai ,and was the home of some of our most notorious Maori warriors and tribes.

It is of particular interest to Geographers as it is a Rhyolite Lava Dome rising up to 180 meters above the lake surface.

The Island is a wildlife sanctuary and is home to approximately 25 Kiwi, 5 endangered species, 20 protected species and over 50 common... More...


Hobbiton & Rotorua in Small Groups ex Auckland

Hobbiton & Rotorua in Small Groups ex Auckland

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $329.00 per person

Experience the magical Hobbiton Movie Set & and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua's Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of the most surreal places on earth) in one day. Our fully guided small group tours in comfortable 12 seater mini buses ensure you get the personal experience and amazing day you expect. More...

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Agrodome Farm Show : Day Tour Around Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Agrodome Farm Show : Day Tour Around Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $174.00 per person

Combine some of New Zealand's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.

Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to the infamous Lady Knox Geyser which regularly erupts every day at 10:15AM.

After which Discover Wai-o-tapu New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area with the opportunity to experience a geothermal wonderland of volcanic activity, thousands of years in the making, then travel to the Agrodome Farm show. guaranteed... More...


Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation & SpaSilver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation & Spa - Apartment Hotel.

Featuring rooms with a spa bath and free Wi-Fi, Silver Fern Rotorua is just 1 kilometre from Rotorua Golf Club. It...

Rotorua Monster 4X4 Thrill RideRotorua Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride - 4WD Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $55.00 per person.

Hang on as you are driven over impossible terrain in complete safety with your driver. On the Rotorua 4X4 10-minute...

 

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