5 star rating: Highly Recommended 223 Reviews

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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast at Tamaki Maori Village. A local guide escorts you by coach to the ‘marae’ (Maori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's indigenous people. Learn about local customs and watch a powerful display of song and dance before a hangi dinner.

Highlights

  • Hangi dinner and traditional Maori performance at Tamaki Maori Village
  • Experience Maori customs and traditions
  • Welcome ceremony and haka song and dance
  • Traditional hangi feast
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Rotorua hotels

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What You Can Expect

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

After hotel pickup, you’ll travel by air-conditioned coach to Tamaki Maori Village, situated deep within the forest about 15 minutes from Rotorua. En route, your guide prepares you with information in anticipation of an authentic Maori hangi dinner, and shares protocol for visiting your indigenous hosts at the marae.

Hear an eerie cry of welcome before you enter, and experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony) by a proud descendent of New Zealand’s ancient warriors. Pass crackling open fires and traditional whare (houses), and listen to classic instruments as you observe a re-enactment of daily activities and traditional arts and crafts typical of a pre-European Maori village. 

In the wharenui (meeting house), see haka song and dance in a powerful performance by a Rangiatea cultural  group. When it’s time for the hangi feast, dig into slow-cooked meat and vegetables roasted in underground earthen ovens. 

Your 3.5-hour tour ends drop-off at your hotel in Rotorua.

Customer Reviews

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

An amazing experience. Wonderful insight into the Maori customs. They were very friendly and after showing us around their village, and doing the haka dance, they provided us with the most amazing dinner that they cooked underground. Definitely an experience not to be missed.

sheldon t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Thank you Mark for a totally memorable experience.
From bus pickup to bus dropoff.
Loved the show. Loved the food. Loved it all.
Ki Ora

Maureen L T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This hangi dinner and performance was excellent. Transportation showed up when promised, and events occurred as scheduled. The careful explanation of the Maori welcome/greeting was excellent. The information about Maori life and culture was also terrific, and very authentic. The performances and the tattoos were outstanding.
We attended another performance in Rotorura and while it was good, the experience was far superior.

BRYAN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was one ofthemost upifting tour's i haveever been on, I want to give a huge thank you to Wallace and the guides on our waka Huia, they were great,, a a big thank you also for taking care of my husband who was in a mobile scooter, very kind and made him safe through all expects of the tour. I have told every one i see his is a must and i am so happy that i got to seesuch a well polished performance andbrought a smile tomy face,, Thank you All The food was to die for, amazing,xx
Anne and Bryan Miller

Rayomand Pavri P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Loved the whole experience - great people the Mauris, excellent sense of humor, a living treasure

Rayomand Pavri P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Loved the whole experience. It was a 10 out of 10. Great food, great walk through of Mauri history. It was like walking through a living museum

robert b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful evening - the driver who took us there was such fun and set the scene for what was a great evening - I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

Colin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great fun. Cheeky without being tacky. Excellent introduction to Maori culture and people, and to be accepted as a friend of the Tamaki family.

Scott Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great food, great entertainment and very informative.

Zigrida D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was excellent. We learnt about the Maori culture using a fascinating format. We saw Maori dance, songs, weaving, games, weapon making and general cultural experiences. We saw the hangi dinner being made and had our dinner at the village . Our driver had great experience and was very knowledgeable and passionate about his culture. I would recommend this tour.

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