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3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:2.5 hrs

Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing

Treat yourself to a special evening at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. Experience a traditional Maori cultural performance and view the kiwi bird in its natural habitat. Visit the Ko Tane marae, a living Maori village, where you’re informed and entertained with Maori dance and song including the ‘haka' (war dance). Then observe endangered North Island brown kiwis and South Island kiwis— flightless birds native to New Zealand. 


  • Discover Maori culture on this night tour from Christchurch
  • Visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and see native Kiwi's in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a Maori concert filled with song, dance and the haka!
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Christchurch

What You Can Expect

Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing

After pickup from your Christchurch accommodation, you’re transferred to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, site of the Ko Tane Maori cultural experience. Start your engaging evening with a greeting ceremony as you listen to the powhiri (conch) and participate in hongi (pressing of noses).

At Ko Tane marae, a makeshift Maori village, watch an entertaining performance consisting of waiata ringa (action songs with a hand display), poi dances and haka (war dances). 

After the concert, enjoy the opportunity to observe New Zealand's iconic kiwi bird in its natural habitat. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is the only privately owned reserve in the world where these endangered native species can be viewed in the open.

Your 2.5-hour experience ends with return transport to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Great evening made extra special by my husband being made chief. Lovely seeing the Kiwi.

Michelle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2009

Excellent tour! A must do while in Christchurch. Good value for money. Bus driver did a city tour as well on the way back to the hotel.

Nancy C

4 star rating: Recommended May 2009

My daughter and I really enjoyed the concert and found it very interesting plus a bit of fun as well. The kiwis were fascinating as were all the other animals. Thank you for an informative and enjoyable evening.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2009

What a wonderful show! It was a little disappointing that we couldn't take pictures of the show itself. However, the entire experience was definitely worth it. Thank you!

Nicola S
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended March 2009

A lovely night, the driver/guide looked after us well, the performance was good fun and you got to join in.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2011

Funny and kind of kitschy. Did not do the dinner and glad we did not. The wildlife was interesting and the girl who did the tour was full of good info about the birds of New Zealand.

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2010

This was fairly entertaining and instructive. The lighting outside was too low to take decent photos and the kiwis were almost impossible to see in the dark (OK, they are nocturnal but some red lights could help!). The dancing and singing were good, as were the stick-swapping and ball-twirling.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2012

It would have been better if at least the actors looked like Maori. We attended something similar on the north island a few years ago and it was much more original. Too much effort trying to get audience participation.

Judith A
New Zealand

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2010

To short for the price. Not what we expected. Been to one in north island. beat this one hands down! Get your act together Chch
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