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Return transport provided from Tamaki Gathering Place
Traditional Maori welcome ceremony
Interactive tour of pre-European village
Participate in hands-on cultural activities
Licensed bar available
Wheelchair and pram accessible
Traditional Maori Cultural Hangi - Buffet Dinner
Tamaki Maori Village Evening Cultural ExperienceJourney back in time and experience traditional Maori life as a villager in this immersive, interactive experience
What to Expect
Nestled in the midst of Rotorua's ancient Tawa Forest is the Maori Village, the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand!
Journey back in time, a time before the European settlement, and experience the Maori way of life. Learn about their tribal culture and customs, gain an insight into the story of the Maori migration, witness ceremonial performances and feast on a traditional hangi meal.
Start by enjoying a scenic coach journey to the Tawa Forest, during which you'll hear interesting stories of the Maori legends from your driver. You and your fellow guests must also carry out the honourable task of assigning a Chief to represent your group upon arrival - an esteemed title in Maoridom.
When you arrive, you are not permitted to enter beyond the Tamaki village's outskirts until a formal welcome ceremony ritual has been performed by members of the Maori tribe. The 'Chiefs' chosen to represent each group are lined up in front of the village warriors who perform the 'haka', a traditional war dance proclaiming strength and prowess. After a peace offering has been made by each chief, you are then welcomed to listen to the 'Karanga', a welcome call, and watch the 'Powhiri', a welcome dance which permits safe passage into the village Tamaki.
As you wander around the village, take the time to visit their traditional houses of learning dedicated to 'Haka', 'Poi', and warrior training. You will be given the opportunity to participate in learning these traditions.
Enjoy displays of weaving, carving and tattooing before being led to the village waterway where you'll hear stories about the great Maori migration in magnificently carved canoes (wakas) across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand.
You will then head to the authentic hangi pit, where your traditional hangi meal, consisting of meats and smoky vegetables has been cooked underground for many hours. Once ready, the baskets laden with food are lifted from the pit before being prepared for a huge hangi feast to follow. From here, you'll head to the sacred meeting house, where you will enjoy a cultural performance complete with harmonious singing and traditional dances.
From June 2022, Tamaki Māori Village presents TE PĀ TŪ.
Te Pā Tū shares a 4-hour evening feasts aligned to and changing with the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar).
Feast on Māori song, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within the forest Pā (village), towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre.
Hākari (feasting) begins with forest horotai (canapes) and culminates in a lavish 3-course fusion feast.
Hāngi is just one of the stars in seasonal menus designed by award winning Māori chefs and prepared by the experience's very own ringawera (hot hands) served to table, al fresco when warm, or in a wharekai if chilly.
Winter: Tū Te Ihi celebrates the Matariki star cluster with mystical ritual, energy, and passion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this is the tour offered by Tamaki Maori Village - no variations whatsoever.
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The menu is subject to change, but you can generally expect:
Main Cultural Hangi - Traditional Menu
Prime New Zealand Lamb & Chicken
Potatoes, Kumara, Carrots Stuffing
Steamed NZ Green Lip Mussels
Fresh Fish cooked in White Sauce
Condiments – Gravy, Mint Sauce,
Seasonal Garden Salad
Maori Rewana bread
Homemade Pavlova with Kiwi Fruit
Hangi Steamed Pudding
Custard & Cream
Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate included
Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options Available and must be ordered at the time of the booking.
- Pricing of products is correct at the time of publication, however the supplier reserves the right to change prices without prior notice
PLEASE DO NOT VISIT TAMAKI MĀORI VILLAGE IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
1. New or worsening cough
2. Fever or temperature
3. Shortness of breath
4. Sore Throat
5. Sneezing or runny nose
6. Loss of sense of smell or altered sense of taste
- OR IF, IN THE LAST 14 DAYS, YOU HAVE:
- Had contact with a COVID-19 case
- Been in attendance at a current location of interest
- Left an MIQ facility
- Travelled from an area with an evolving COVID-19 community outbreak
- Travelled internationally
- Had direct contact with a person who has travelled internationally
- Worked or cleaned an international aircraft/airport or shipping vessel/maritime port.
- Worked in cold storage receiving imported goods internationally
- Cancellations made with 24 hours notice or more will be eligible for a full refund
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