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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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Hangi Pie Experience

Hangi Pie Experience

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $58.00 per person

Nestled amongst a Geothermal wonderland sits the Living Maori Village of Te Whakarewarewa.

View the spectacular landscape of geothermal pools and erupting geysers as you join in a guided tour learning of our Maori Culture, History and Traditions that have been passed down through generations.  Sit back and relax to the melodious sounds of Te Pakira Cultural performers as they serenade you with songs and dance from our people.  Tantalise your taste buds with a Hangi Pie Meal for lunch.... More...


Absolutely Rotorua

Absolutely Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $244.00 per person

Experience Rotorua's most important Sights in an engaging day trip with Headfirst Travel.

Spend the morning in Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland. Watch the impressive eruption of Lady Knox Geyser and explore all the unique lakes, pools and craters the park has to offer.  

Afterwards join us on our scenic 1 hour SnapShOt Highlights Tour of Rotorua.
Get to know all the awesome sights the city has to offer. View Rotorua’s first settlement at Ohinemutu. Experience the geothermal... More...


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...

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...



Rotorua B n B on SumnerRotorua B n B on Sumner - Bed and Breakfast.

Centrally located in Rotorua on a quiet leafy residential street, 20 minutes' walk from the centre of town, local shops...

Small-Group Hobbiton Evening Banquet Tour from RotoruaSmall-Group Hobbiton Evening Banquet Tour from Rotorua - Movie Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $375.00 per person.

Experience the Hobbiton movie set as you have never seen it before, with a guided small-group 6-hour tour through...

 

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