Make your way to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and present your voucher for day pass admission, which grants you a 50-minute guided tour and access to a new museum. If you like, watch a short film on the controversial treaty that granted the British crown sovereignty over Maori lands and is considered by many to be the founding document of New Zealand.
Meet your dinner host at the Whare Waka Café and kick off the evening with a welcome drink. Embark on a short bush walk to explore the site, complete with an interactive wero (challenge) by two Maori warriors.
Gather around a large pit oven for the unveiling of the night’s meal. Learn about the ancient and elaborate hangi method of cooking, in which food is layered atop hot stones and wood planks, then covered and cooked for several hours. Watch the steaming feast come out of the ground and then dig into a buffet of various meats, vegetables, stuffing, breads, and salads, topped off with pudding for dessert.
Continue the cultural immersion with a high-energy display of traditional Maori music and dance courtesy of the Te Pitowhenua performance group.