Ways to Experience Maori Culture in Christchurch

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Maori, indigenous people of New Zealand, have had a deep-rooted and enduring influence on the country. From visits to Maori meeting grounds (marae) to performances of traditional songs and dances, here are just a few of the Maori experiences in Christchurch that can offer visitors insight into the Maori people and culture.

  • Witness a Maori traditional welcome ceremony (powhiri) that usually takes place in front of a Maori meeting ground.
  • Practice a Maori greeting that involves touching noses and foreheads (hongi).
  • Observe song and dance performances, such as war dance (haka) and a dance in which performers rhythmically swing a ball that is attached to a short rope (poi).
  • Combine a visit to a traditional Maori village with a guided tour of a nature reserve, where you can spot kiwis—a native New Zealand bird that holds a special place in Maori culture—in their natural habitat.
  • Dine on a traditional Maori feast (hangi), made with food cooked over hot stones in a hole in the ground, which is covered to create a natural oven.
  • Sail aboard a traditional double-hulled canoe (waka) in the company of Maori crew and learn about Maori maritime customs and boat-building techniques.


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Maori Experience including Hangi Dinner and Guided Kiwi Tour

If you’re traveling to New Zealand’s South Island and skipping the North Island, there’s no reason you should miss out on a combined Maori cultural show, hangi dinner, and kiwi bird sighting experience. This combined package includes them all, and is the only place in the South Island to do so. It’s a fun and convenient way to experience New Zealand’s unique culture, cuisine, and nature.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ko Tane Maori Experience including Hangi Dinner

Learn more about New Zealand’s Maori culture while enjoying a delicious hangi dinner located in a natural forest setting. This is the only place in the South Island where you can have such an experience. It’s a fun activity for travelers with all sorts of interests, including those who want to get a glimpse into Maori cultural traditions, as well as families.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch

Enjoy seeing a variety of birds and animals during a guided tour of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, followed by an entertaining evening with the Ko Tane Maori cultural performance plus a buffet dinner. You’ll enjoy two popular attractions, including a traditional 4-course ‘hangi' meal followed by a short city tour of Christchurch at night. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guaranteed Kiwi Viewing & Maori Performance

Experience the South Island's only Māori Cultural Experience & guaranteed kiwi viewing all in one location. An 'up close, personal and interactive' experience including New Zealand's wildlife and culture. • General entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve • 45 minute guided kiwi tour • 1.5 hour interactive Māori Cultural experience
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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