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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 $120.00 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 Experience in Rotorua

Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $116.00 per person

Mitai Maori Village offers you an authentic cultural evening incorporating a traditional earth cooked Hangi feast. Witness warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry, Haka, coupled with the grace of the poi dance. Learn about carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Marvel at the sacred Fairy Spring flowing directly from earth, view our glow worms in their natural habitat. This experience is powerful, truly captivating and memorable. More...

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...

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 $189.00 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.

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Mitere Mitai Combo Experience with Hangi Feast and Cultural Performance

Mitere Mitai Combo Experience with Hangi Feast and Cultural Performance

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $139.00 per person

A comprehensive personalised 1 hour encounter through Ohinemutu Village – educated in protocols and history while absorbing the landmarks of this region.  View the majestic Tamatekapua Meeting House and St Faiths Church; learn about the customs, protocols, and legends. Following this experience visit Mitai Maori Village for a 3 hour authentic cultural evening; witness warriors paddling an ancient canoe, rich and powerful cultural performance and dine on a succulent earth cooked Hangi. ... More...


Lakeview Holiday HomeLakeview Holiday Home - Holiday Home.

Offering a barbecue and spa centre, Lakeview Holiday Home is located in Rotorua. The pet-friendly accommodation is air...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Skyline Rotorua Visit from TaurangaTauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Skyline Rotorua Visit from Tauranga - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $199.00 per person.

While you’re in port in Tauranga, explore Maori culture and discover the best of the Bay of Plenty on this...

 

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