Visit Tamaki Maori Village to experience Maori culture and society as it existed in pre-European New Zealand. Through performing arts, you’ll see, hear, and feel the Tamaki brothers’ vision for an immersive tour into the traditional Maori way of life. Live the stories, travels, battles, and rituals of the Maori as New Zealand was settled.
Located about 20 minutes from Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village provides a powerful cultural performance and dining experience to show you who the Maori people are and to let you walk with them into the past. Packages include a 2- to 3-hour tour, in which your guide explains pre-European rituals (such as the powhiri welcoming ceremony), demonstrates the meeting house and interactive village in native forest, and serves a traditional Hangi feast (food cooked underground on hot stones). You even have the option to stay overnight.
Visits to Tamaki Maori Village are included in many day trips from Tauranga as well as multi-day excursions from Auckland. Packages often include the village plus Waitomo Caves, the Hobbiton movie set, and points of interest in Rotorua.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Tamaki Maori Village is suitable for all ages.
- The venue is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
- Don’t forget to take a camera or charge your phone! There’s a lot to see.
- Take warm clothes if you travel in winter and comfortable footwear in all seasons.
- Hangi is for everyone: special dietary options available.
How to Get There
The evening tour runs a bus that collects you in the early evening, around 5:30pm, from your Rotorua accommodation or from the Tamaki Heritage Experiences office at 1220 Hinemaru Street in the central city. The bus also returns along the same route at about 9:30pm. There’s plenty of space to park if you’re driving.
When to Get There
The village is open seven days a week, so to miss the crowds, consider attending on an off-peak day, like a Sunday or Thursday. Tours can be busy, depending on the season, but numbers are usually well-managed. In summer, most of your experience will be during daylight hours, while in winter, the sun sets in the late afternoon—your experience can be quite different!
If uninspired hotel rooms are starting to wear thin, consider spending the night at Tamaki Maori Village. Arrive for the afternoon and evening experience before settling in near a campfire to hear traditional Maori myths and oral histories. At the end of the night, enjoy a relaxing spa in the bush before settling into bed in the whare moe (sleeping house).-