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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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Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Maori - Te Puke - Starting from $149.00 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 Whakarewarewa 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"
Plus much more ....
* Tauranga & Mt Maunganui overview , stunning Beaches... More...

Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $118.00 per person

Mitai Maori Village offers you an authentic cultural evening incorporating a traditional earth cooked Hangi feast. Witness warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry, Haka, coupled with the grace of the poi dance. Learn about carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Marvel at the sacred Fairy Spring flowing directly from earth, view our glow worms in their natural habitat. This experience is powerful, truly captivating and... More...

Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo Tour from Auckland in Small Groups (2 Days)

Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo Tour from Auckland in Small Groups (2 Days)

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $585.00 per person

Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Huka Falls & Taupo!

Be guided through the galaxy of glowworms at the world famous Waitomo caves. Journey through Middle Earth on the award-winning Hobbiton movie set tour.  Experience the truly amazing geothermal activity of Rotorua and the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a true 'hotspot' of wonder! 

All this on a 2-day fully guided small group with one of our exceptional guides, in a comfortable vehicle that takes care of you in style. More...

Private Tour : Hobbiton & Rotorua with Cultural Experience from Tauranga

Private Tour : Hobbiton & Rotorua with Cultural Experience from Tauranga

Maori - Hinuera - Starting from $235.00 per person

This tour is your day. We facilitate things to make sure that you arrive on time for your activities. Providing luxury transport in our 6 seater van or for larger groups our custom build 19 Seater Coach. Your comfort and your wishes for the day as we do everything we can to provide you with the best possible service and experience in the Bay of Plenty. More...


Base RotoruaBase Rotorua - Hostel.

BASE Rotorua is located in the town centre and overlooks Kuirau Geothermal Park. It is a 2-minute walk from the lake....

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City SightseeingTauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $156.00 per person.

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot...

 

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