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Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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 or a central meeting point, travel by air-conditioned coach to Tamaki Maori Village, situated deep within the forest near 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 tour ends drop-off back at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tamaki Maori Village
Your journey through time unfolds when your coach travels to a pre-European village set deep within the forest, 15 minutes from Rotorua. Let this 3.5-hour tour and your imagination take over as your guide instructs you on the protocol for visiting the marae. A chief is selected, a song is learnt and the eerie cry of the welcome is heard before you enter the world of the proud warriors of the ancient Maori. You will experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony) before you enter the village, with crackling open fires in front of traditional whare (houses). You'll hear traditional Maori instruments and watch the daily activities of days gone by. In the wharenui (meeting house), a Rangiatea culture group offers a powerful display of haka song and dance. Then, as new friendships are forged, dine on a traditional hangi feast, where the food is cooked slowly beneath the ground in earth ovens. This is an amazing re-enactment based on actual events from history, with real characters, traditional arts and crafts, powerful song and dance while enjoying an authentic Hangi feast.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance.
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What is the maximum group size during Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Hangi Dinner
Michael_F
, Mar 2020
Good overall show and dinner...was pretty late on the return ( 10PM ) but bus driver sang to us for fun!
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Exploring the early days of Maori life.
DEBORAH
, Mar 2020
Our tour started out with a video in an "offsight" building. It was ok, probably, not really necessary except to space out the diners. Our bus driver to and from the actual dinner sight was HILARIOUS. He can get a job as a stand-up comic. Once we got to the beautiful land where the dinner was going to be held, we were treated to experiencing daily life in the early days of the Maori. It was fun and enlightening. The dancing was also very good. The dinner was good, though, not exceptional. It was a bit unclear as to when to leave, as no direction was given until pretty much everyone left the dining hall.
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Absolute must
Shona_D
, Mar 2020
Could not have been better. Have a mobility issue and was well cared for. The attendant, Aidan, was always ahead of me placing chair when needed. Very attentive. The bus driver, Mark, was hilarious and really livened up our experience. Can not recommend it highly enough!
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Excellent
Daniel_H
, Mar 2020
Everything was excellent. From the bus ride to the show & food. This really was a great day. Undersold it's self.
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Fun evening
Shanaaz_B
, Mar 2020
A great experience filled with lots of information and interaction. An evening I’d definitely repeat.
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Going through the village
Peter_E
, Mar 2020
This is an awesome tour that covers some of the Maori culture giving a good insight. The hangi diner was excellent and the performance was outstanding.
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Great experience all around.
Lyndsey
, Mar 2020
We had a great time! We learned a lot about the Maori culture and treasure the knowledge we gained here. Food was good too! Songs were beautiful!
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Do this
Sarah
, Mar 2020
An excellent experience with the music performances and the meal being the highlights. Extremely well organised - 3hrs of fabulous entertainment and we learnt loads about the culture, traditions and stories of these lovely people. Thanks for a great evening. Kia Ora
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Maori hangi
Diane_R
, Mar 2020
A little disappointed that it wasn’t proper hangi. Should advertise as “hangi style”. Staff excellent
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Experience
Joan_F
, Feb 2020
The tour and dinner were excellent and very entertaining. When I booked it did not ask where we were staying so did not get picked up at are motel, also although are driver Wallace tried hard to entertain us he kept repeating himself, I think he needs to retire.

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