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Performance of a haka in Rotorua

Maori Culture in Rotorua

Rotorua is the Heartland of Maori culture and the spirit and heritage of local Maori enriches the region as surely as the geothermal activity enlivens it. Ngati Whakaue, the name of the local tribe, arrived in Aoteroa New Zealand, aboard the waka (canoe), Te Arawa. The people are often called Te Arawa, for the name of the mighty waka that brought Tamatekapua, the leader of the tribe, and his people to Ohinemutu on the bank of Lake Rotorua.

Note: Te Arawa is often used to describe the extended tribe descended from Tamatekapua. Ngati Whakaue is just one of these.

The hospitality and generosity of the Ngati Whakaue people goes right back to early European visits when the tribe became the very first guides to the magnificent natural wonders of their homeland. This warm and welcoming attitude is alive in the local people today and Rotorua is a tourist destination with a tradition of expressive joy and energy in sharing the rich culture and lush landscape.

There are ample opportunities to witness the deeply moving expressions of Maori Culture in Rotorua. Legends, stories and history come to us through an abundance of creative medias; music, art, carvings, poi dancing and the famous Haka.


See a complete list of Rotorua Maori activities.

This week's featured Maori cultural activities in Rotorua are:

Featured Maori Cultural Activities

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $130.00 per person

Complete your adventure through Rotorua with a traditional Maori "hangi" feast. You'll travel by coach to Tamaki Maori Village where your local guide will escort you on a cultural journey to the "marae" (Maori village), the life force of New Zealand's indigenous people. Take the opportunity to engage in an evening of local customs including a traditional Maori dinner feast.

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Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience

Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $40.00 per person

Uncover New Zealand's rich Maori heritage with a 1-hour 15-minute guided tour of the Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua. Accompanied by a Maori guide, you'll learn more about the culture and beliefs of the Ngati Whakaue tribe, get to drink from the sacred spring, and discover the ancient practices of fishing, weapon making, and natural medicine. More...

Hobbiton & Rotorua in Small Groups ex Auckland

Hobbiton & Rotorua in Small Groups ex Auckland

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $329.00 per person

Experience the magical Hobbiton Movie Set & and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua's Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of the most surreal places on earth) in one day. Our fully guided small group tours in comfortable 12 seater mini buses ensure you get the personal experience and amazing day you expect. More...

Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui

Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui

Maori - Tauranga - Starting from $159.00 per person

Sit back and enjoy this tour with a local guide and discover Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua. See all the local highlights and visit the stunning Geothermal area at Te Puia in Rotorua, immerse yourself in Maori culture and see the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools plus the magnificent Concert including a Maori challenge and Cultural performance including song and dance plus the rousing " Haka" More...

Absolutely Rotorua

Absolutely Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $244.00 per person

Experience Rotorua's most important Sights in an engaging day trip with Headfirst Travel.

Spend the morning in Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland. Watch the impressive eruption of Lady Knox Geyser and explore all the unique lakes, pools and craters the park has to offer.  

Afterwards join us on our scenic 1 hour SnapShOt Highlights Tour of Rotorua.
Get to know all the awesome sights the city has to offer. View Rotorua’s first settlement at Ohinemutu. Experience the geothermal... More...



Absolute Great Lakes and Hills View HomeAbsolute Great Lakes and Hills View Home - Holiday Home.

Situated in Rotorua, 500 metres from Rotorua International Stadium, 2.9 km from Te Puia and 3.5 km from Polynesian Spa,...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural Performance and Gondola RideTauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural Performance and Gondola Ride - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $189.00 per person.

There is something for everyone on this small-group tour to the geothermal heartland of New Zealand - Rotorua. See...

 

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