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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.


See a complete list of Rotorua Maori activities.

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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Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience

Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience

Maori - Hinuera - Starting from $289.00 per person

Join us on this popular small group excursioin to Rotorua 's Scenic Wonderland see bubbling Mud pools and erupting Geysers plus experience a Maori Cultural performance. Then onto Hobbiton the Lord of The Rings movie set location, enjoy a 2 Hour fully guided Tour of the set location then retail therapy in the extensive gift store .Time permitting will also visit a Kiwifruit Orchard for tasting, Okere falls watch river rafting and Mossops Honey centre. More...

Maori Hangi and Cultural Performance with 4WD Buggy Adventure in Rotorua

Maori Hangi and Cultural Performance with 4WD Buggy Adventure in Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $191.00 per person

Enjoy this memorable and spiritual combo experience situated only a 5 minute drive from central Rotorua. You will take part in two activities with a fully guided off-road, 4WD buggy adventure as well as visiting a traditional Maori Village giving an authentic introduction to the Maori culture, hearing Maori stories, seeing Maori warriors paddling in an ancient warrior canoe before enjoying a traditional earth cooked Hangi feast for dinner. More...

Luxury Small Group Tour: Auckland-Waitomo, Rotorua - Return

Luxury Small Group Tour: Auckland-Waitomo, Rotorua - Return

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $1500.00 per person

We will take you to visit Waitomo Caves, with optional viewing of Kiwi House and lunch in the nearby town of Otorohanga, then on to the incredible region of Rotorua.  Pick up and drop off from anywhere in Auckland.

Travel by Luxury Mercedes Benz Valente or Viano Van.

This is a family run business with social kiwis who have travelled, lived abroad, and enjoyed entertaining and now are growing a small tours and transfers business.  We have all the necessary licenses... More...

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Maori - Tauranga - Starting from $195.00 per person

Geothermal Highlights Tour
If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.
Wai-o-Tapu (meaning Sacred Waters) is very different to all the other geothermal fields in New Zealand. Dissolved minerals have created spectacularly coloured pools and long silica terraces.
Whakarewrewa Maori Geothermal Village This little village is unique in the World. The ancestors of the families... More...


Rotorua Central BackpackersRotorua Central Backpackers - Hostel.

Featuring a garden and a shared lounge, Rotorua Central Backpackers is set in Rotorua. A hot tub is available for...

Waitomo - Rotorua - Taupo (return from Auckland)Waitomo - Rotorua - Taupo (return from Auckland) - Overnight Tour - Auckland.

A tour to the Maori heartland, Rotorua thermal resort, explore the famous Waitomo Caves and visit Lake Taupo, New...

 

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