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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 including (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Rotorua including (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $239.00 per person

Experience the famous geothermal and Maori cultural wonders of Te Puia plus the stunning city and famous sights of Rotorua all in one day. This unforgettable tour takes you to top tourist destination in the North Island in small groups to maximize your experience.   
See our Rotorua Experience flexible tour to upgrade to or include other Rotorua activities: Product ID 56760P8.

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Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Maori - Te Puke - Starting from $149.00 per person

Sit back and enjoy this tour with a local guide and discover Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua. See all the local highlights and visit the stunning Geothermal area at Whakarewarewa Rotorua, immerse yourself in Maori culture and see the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools plus the magnificent Concert including a Maori challenge and Cultural performance including song and dance plus the rousing " Haka"
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* Tauranga & Mt Maunganui overview , stunning Beaches... More...

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.  Our... More...

Rotorua including (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Rotorua including (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $259.00 per person

Experience the famous geothermal wonders of Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of the most surreal place on earth) plus the stunning city and famous sights of Rotorua all in one day. This unforgettable tour takes you to one of the top tourist destinations in the North Island, and is a small-group tour to maximize your experience.   

See our Rotorua Experience flexible tour to upgrade to or include other Rotorua activities: Product ID 56760P8.

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Young HostelYoung Hostel - Hostel.

Young Hostel has well-equipped accommodation featuring free WiFi in Rotorua, 1.1 km from Tamaki Maori Village. A...

Rotorua Gondola with optional Luge RideRotorua Gondola with optional Luge Ride - Family Friendly - Rotorua. Starting from $31.00 per person.

Enjoy the spectacular panoramas over Lake Rotorua and the city as you ride in a gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha....

 

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