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.
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
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.
A really fun and informative event. Our driver to and from the dinner was extremely amusing and gave us some insight to the Maori culture. Once at the Maori site, we learnt a lot more about the customs and history of the Maori people. The dinner was very good and I would recommend this tour.
Very enjoyable evening to Tamaki Maori Village. Hotel pick up to take us to the coach worked well and the coach driver was entertaining. The village layout and educational talks were good, as were the ceremony and show. The hangi was simple but tasty. We preferred this evening to a similar one at Mitai Maori Village.
This is a very cultural display of the Maori people and their village. After a welcoming from the chief and other warriors we were shown around the village. At each stop one of the Maori people would explain and demonstrate a cultural aspect of their upbringing. E.g dancing,tattoos,games and traditional attire. This was followed by a lovely performance and a delicious hangi dinner. A must when visiting NZ.
The Maori performance and dinner although a buffet resembling a school dinner were very good, the coach journey also resembled a school trip. Singing songs and going around roundabouts upteem times might have more fun if the air con had worked.....
This event is so well organised and good value for money, We were shown in a humorous way the life style of past and present Maoris and learnt their hopes for the future. the meal was tasty and plentiful. Highly recommend.
This was a really exciting adventure right from the very start when we were collected at our hotel and transported to the forest village by air conditioned coach and a driver who gave a good briefing about the place in a hilarious way. Organisation of the four tribes which arrived in buses was done very efficiently. Meaningful outline of Maori history and culture, and delicious, voluminous and relaxing hangi. Highly recommended. When booking I thought it was a bit on the expensive side, but it was worth it all. A must for anyone coming to Rotorua.