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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

StevenTan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The coach driver was super entertaining and humorous. The performance was also amazing and allowed us to better appreciate the Maori culture. Dinner was great!

Vanessa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Experience not to be missed. Very informative and enjoyable evening in the Tamaki Maori Village. Efficient coach pick up and very interesting and humourous guide. The cultural show by the Villagers was first class, the singing was really wonderful. Don't eat before you go, delicious meal and pay bar.

James A C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Plenty of food and new information to learn.

Lynne J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing evening. To see the cultural aspect of New Zealand was amazing. We had fun and enjoyed our feasst.

howie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jeremy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is an absolute 'must do' event, informative, entertaining an insight to the Maori Culture with the best lamb dinner I have ever eaten. I was honoured to be Chief of the Tui tribe for the evening and delighted to perform a short Haka under the guidance of the Maori performers.

Craig E Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great fun evening with our guide entertaining us on our bus trip to the village location, and a night of wonderful cultural performances, demonstrations of their traditions, followed by a Maori hangi dinner. Would highly recommend.

Glenn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was one of the best tours I've been on, informative, enjoyable, interesting and interactive throughout and I would thoroughly recommend it. The performances by the Moari hosts were brilliant and the food was outstanding and plenty of it. It was great to see the enthusiasm displayed by everyone throughout the evening. Well worth it.

Josef Deutschland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Extraordinary group experience.

Val W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

great opportunity to talk to Maori, see the love they have for their history, and to eat some tasty food! dinner, a show, and culture!

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