Culture

Mitai Maori Village

Mitai Maori Village – Maori Hangi and Haka Traditional show

Mitai Maori Village

An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori Culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai who are New Zealand's , “Kapa Haka” cultural performer champions. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors wearing traditional dress, paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.

Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground.

Local Tips

The cultural performance area is a replica of how one of the many villages used to be, and therefore is as authentic as you can get it. The experience includes free pick up from the accommodation, so be sure to let them know where you are staying when making the booking. You get to witness Maori warriors paddling in the waka (canoe), cultural performance, hangi meal cooked the traditional way in the earth oven in the ground, and a glow worm walk into the forest.

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Tamaki Evening Culture Performance

Tamaki Evening Culture Performance with traditional Hangi and show

Tamaki Evening Culture Performance

Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. An intricately carved gateway leads you to the fringe of a lush 200 year old native Tawa forest. Warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows you and other visitor’s safe passage into the village. As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the village is alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. Watch as the earth is carefully scraped away to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones

Local Tips

Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua is a fully recreated, life sized Pre-European Maori Village nestled within an ancient Tawa forest.
We can offer truly interactive, high quality, educational encounters with our people – a chance to step back in time and have a glimpse at what life would have been like pre-European contact.  We also allow our visitors an insight as to who we are today as a people – through the warmth, humour and manaakitanga (hosting) extended by all of our staff, guides, hosts and performers.

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Whakarewarewa

Whakarewarewa, The Living Village

Whakarewarewa

Five minutes from the city centre and nestled in a unique geothermal valley for over 200 years, Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village offers a journey of discovery.

As you wind your way around the boiling mud pools and steam vents, our guides will have you spellbound recounting stories, and history handed down from our ancestors.

Learn about how our people utilise these natural geothermal wonders for cooking our food, heating our homes and rejuvenating our bodies and spirits in the therapeutic waters.

Local Tips

Our world famous Pohutu Geyser is guaranteed to have you captivated with its power, as will the twice daily cultural performances by our resident group – Te Pakira.

Our traditional Maori Hangi is served daily from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in our Café; take time to enjoy the people and the place.

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