Built by two brothers in 1989, the Tamaki Maori Village is the destinatition for an authentic Maori experience. If you are looking for a Maori encounter beyond the typical performance found at hotels, this is the place to go.
The village is itself a recreation of an actual Maori settlement, and in this village, guests experience "The Chronicles of Uitara," a story following a single warrior line from 3,000 BC to the present day. Based on true events effected by actual people, the Chronicles of Uitara is reenacted by the most sought-after historical performers in the country. Guests will be enchanted and hooked by the tale, dramatically recreated with action-packed choreography. Following the story, the evening culminates in a traditional hangi feast.
Review by Anonymous, May 2013
Doing what: Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance
Very interesting as we learn the in-dept knowledge of the Maori culture. Kia Ora!!
What an evening with Tamaki Tours , our guide/driver "DAZZA " who says his nickname was given to him by Aussies as I am a Aussie must give comment was a blast of entertainment before we even arrived at the Maori Village for our culture tour , show and fabulous Hangi Dinner , fully worth every dollar spent on this tour booking. Great hospitality , great food and great learning experience to get a little piece of the Maori culture.
Against many odds, the Tamaki brothers were able to produce their vision of a fantastic, historic story told against as real a backdrop as they could imagine - in this case authentic scenery constructed in an actual forest setting. The result is a faithful tribute to New Zealand's venerable Polynesian heritage, replete with to-the-letter reenactments of Maori rituals and battle dances. As the production moves through the ages, you'll see the Maori warrior line switch adapt to European warfare, as its descendents live, love and fight for the honor of their people.