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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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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...

Flexible Fully Guided North Island Bus Pass- Auckland to Wellington Return

Flexible Fully Guided North Island Bus Pass- Auckland to Wellington Return

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $599.00 per person

Taking you to the must-dos of the North Island, visit incredible beaches, volcanic landscapes, lush vistas and two great cities, Auckland and the capital Wellington. This flexible Hop-on Hop-off bus pass allows you to either take your time in each epic stop over, or cruise on through on the minimum time (7 days) down to Wellington. We take you to the highlights of the North Island, as well as some unknown spots that make you feel like you are having a true Kiwi Experience. 
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Rotorua including (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Rotorua including (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $239.00 per person

Experience the famous geothermal and Maori cultural wonders of Te Puia plus the stunning city and famous sights of Rotorua all in one day. This unforgettable tour takes you to top tourist destination in the North Island in small groups to maximize your experience.   
See our Rotorua Experience flexible tour to upgrade to or include other Rotorua activities: Product ID 56760P8.

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Hangi Pie Experience

Hangi Pie Experience

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $58.00 per person

Nestled amongst a Geothermal wonderland sits the Living Maori Village of Te Whakarewarewa.
View the spectacular landscape of geothermal pools and erupting geysers as you join in a guided tour learning of our Maori Culture, History and Traditions that have been passed down through generations.  Sit back and relax to the melodious sounds of Te Pakira Cultural performers as they serenade you with songs and dance from our people.  Tantalise your taste buds with a Hangi Pie Meal for lunch.  Our... More...


THE TURRET - A UNIQUE HIDEAWAY near Redwood ForestTHE TURRET - A UNIQUE HIDEAWAY near Redwood Forest - Holiday Home.

THE TURRET - A UNIQUE HIDEAWAY near Redwood Forest is situated in Rotorua, 5 km from Tamaki Maori Village, and features...

Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic TourRotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour - Stand Up Paddleboarding - Rotorua. Starting from $90.00 per person.

Escape, Explore and Enjoy the Rotorua Lakes scenery with views only available by water on a 2.5-hour stand-up paddle...

 

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