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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.


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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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Huka Falls Return or one way from Rotorua

Huka Falls Return or one way from Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $50.00 per person

Visit the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand on this half day afternoon tour perfect for those with a tight schedule!

The Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. The Waikato river is one of New Zealand's longest rivers and it drains Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in all of Australasia.

At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 100m wide, is forced through a 20 metre wide gorge and over a... More...


Luxury Small Group Tour: Auckland-Waitomo, Rotorua - Return

Luxury Small Group Tour: Auckland-Waitomo, Rotorua - Return

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $1500.00 per person

We will take you to visit Waitomo Caves, with optional viewing of Kiwi House and lunch in the nearby town of Otorohanga, then on to the incredible region of Rotorua.  Pick up and drop off from anywhere in Auckland.

Travel by Luxury Mercedes Benz Valente or Viano Van.

This is a family run business with social kiwis who have travelled, lived abroad, and enjoyed entertaining and now are growing a small tours and transfers business.  We have all the necessary licenses... More...

Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience

Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience

Maori - Hinuera - Starting from $289.00 per person

Join us on this popular small group excursioin to Rotorua 's Scenic Wonderland see bubbling Mud pools and erupting Geysers plus experience a Maori Cultural performance. Then onto Hobbiton the Lord of The Rings movie set location, enjoy a 2 Hour fully guided Tour of the set location then retail therapy in the extensive gift store .Time permitting will also visit a Kiwifruit Orchard for tasting, Okere falls watch river rafting and Mossops Honey centre. More...

Evening Maori Cultural Performance and Geyser Experience from Rotorua

Evening Maori Cultural Performance and Geyser Experience from Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $128.00 per person

You and your small group can enjoy Te Pō, an indigenous evening experience, operating daily from 6pm to 9pm. The night includes a traditional welcoming ceremony (pōwhiri) and an intimate 45-minute Māori concert performance. Enjoy a mouth-watering banquet of authentic Māori cuisine (kai) and marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the geothermal valley under lights. More...


Melrose HideawayMelrose Hideaway - Holiday Home.

Situated in Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region, Melrose Hideaway has a balcony. The property, housed in a building...

7 Day North Island Highlights Tour - Private - Fully Guided (7 Days)7 Day North Island Highlights Tour - Private - Fully Guided (7 Days) - Private Tour - Taupo. Starting from $2943.92 per person.

This 7 Day North Island Highlights private vacation will have you fall in love with New Zealand.  We’ll explore golden...

 

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