TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE - EVENING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE - New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience!
Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. An intricately carved gateway leads you to the fringe of a lush 200 year old native Tawa forest. Warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows you and other visitor’s safe passage into the village. As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the village is alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. Watch as the earth is carefully scraped away to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining on the traditional hangi buffet feast!
Immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional ceremony set in a Maori village just outside of the town of Rotorua. Enjoy a complimentary transfer from all Rotorua accommodation and sit back and relax as you take part in a traditional welcome ceremony before settling down to view powerful cultural entertainment. Finish the night by feasting on a traditional hangi buffet- a form of cooking by using earth and hot stones. The evening draws to an end with the Poroporoaki – the official closing ceremony. There will be waiata (songs) and whaikorero (speeches), before you are safely transferred back to your Rotorua accommodation.
Show Time: 5.00pm and 7.30pm daily (6.15pm on demand)
Pick up from all Rotorua accommodation is included
If accommodation is unknown you can meet at the Tamaki Booking Office - 1220 Hinemaru St, Rotorua
Open 364 days a year - Closed Christmas Day
Duration: 3.5 hours