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

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

Mary Anne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Really wonderful and FUN! We enjoyed learning about the Maori culture and the setting was just beautiful. Food was very good and plentiful. We definitely recommend this!!

Laura L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Extremely well organised, informative and good value for money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A cultural experience that is a must when you visit New Zealand. Learned a lot about the Maori culture and really enjoyed the whole experience. Love the part when all the men were taught to do the Haka.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great way to immerse yourself in Maori culture and traditions. Friendly, informative, fun and a great meal traditionally cooked. A must for the Rotorua visitor. The hotels in Rotorua do a version of this, but we wanted to do this one and were not disappointed.

jane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A really good evening, very well organised, educational, very good food and some good laughs

Keith P Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great experience, very well done.
Hungi was also very nice
Bus guide also kept you entertained


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We really enjoyed being exposed to Maori culture and tradition through the Tamaki village Hangi dinner and performance. The experience starts out with the chiefs of each 'tribe' i.e. bus gaining acceptance into the Maori village through a traditional imitation dance which was our favorite. We had encountered this briefly at our time at Te Puia, but the experience was all the more mesmerizing in the village setting. The food was plentiful and buffet style so offered many options to guests, including my pregnant self. We had originally booked the 5:30 pm tour as the later tours were sold out, but was able to change to a later time on the day of the reservation at no extra cost. I highly recommend this tour for a glimpse at the history and culture of the Maori people. It is an experience that should not be missed. The entire experience took 3 hours.

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