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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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Rotorua Heritage Farm's The Farm Tour

Rotorua Heritage Farm's The Farm Tour

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $48.00 per person

Ultimate Kiwi Farm Experience !!
A Trip to Rotorua, New Zealand is not complete without a traditional farm experience.
The Farm Tour is an hour long guided tour, travelling through 35 acres of farm environment in a covered trailer. 
You will love interacting with all the friendly animals - make sure you have your camera ready to snap a selfie! There are so many different varieties, you will be spoiled for choice see alpacas, lamas,goat, sheep,cattle,ponies,deer, pigs,... More...

Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $329.00 per person

Experience the famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set and the geothermal wonders of Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of the most surreal places on earth) all in one day. This unforgettable combo tour takes you to two of the top attractions in the North Island in small groups to maximize your 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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North Island Favorites Tour from Auckland in Small Groups (2 Days)

North Island Favorites 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...


Six On Union MotelSix On Union Motel - Motel.

Situated in a quiet tree-lined street in Rotorua, next to Central Mall, Rotorua's main shopping mall, Six On Union...

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park ExperienceWaitangi Mountain Bike Park Experience - Mountain Bike Tour - Paihia. Starting from $59.00 per person.

The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park is a purpose built mountain bike park with over 50km of world class trails built by the...

 

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