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Māori Culture

Haere mai (welcome) to New Zealand’s cultural capital

 

Rotorua is the best place in New Zealand to experience the traditional customs, practices and beliefs of our indigenous Māori people.
 
Awe-inspiring and authentic, Māori cultural tours and performances provide a special view into the historic lifestyle, traditions, mythology, art and more of Māori past and present. Watch a spine-tingling traditional pōhiri (welcoming ceremony), hear the hauntingly beautiful call of the kuia (female elder), learn to dance with poi or perform the haka. Watch as your dinner is pulled from a traditional hāngī (steam-cooked meal) straight out of the ground.
 
Guided walking tours through a historic living Māori village give you up-close and personal insight and history of the people who’ve inhabited this geothermal area for more than 200 years. Today 21 families live in this village and continue to utilise the same geothermal resource as their ancestors.
 
Bespoke half-day tours of historic locations throughout Rotorua provide in-depth lifestyle, history and mythology lessons.
 
Paddling a beautifully carved waka (traditional Māori canoe) along the shores of Lake Rotorua will teach you about the local Māori of Ohinemutu Village and beyond.
 
No matter the options you choose, you’ll be richer for the experience.

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$20 NZD
Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Māori Culture, Central

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonderland with an interactive guided or self-guided tour before indulging in the geothermal mud and sulphur waters, experiencing the healing properties local Māori have been using for centuries. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget.

Te Puia

Māori Culture, Central

Experience New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Walk alongside a beautiful landscape of uncovered natural bush, mud pools and the majestic Pōhutu Geyser, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere.

Puawai Jade

Māori Culture, Central

Puawai Jade is a pounamu/greenstone carving workshop and gallery showcasing a range of beautiful jewellery, carvings and artefacts that are all made on site.

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Māori Culture, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Ōhinemutu Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

Connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that have made Rotorua the incredible place it is today.

$110 NZD
Hui E! Kai E

Māori Culture, South

Tamaki Māori Village offers a new day time experience where you get hands on with food and story.

$25 NZD
Geyser By Night – Te Puia Light Trails

Māori Culture, Central

When darkness falls, the true love story of the city's geothermal wonderland comes to life.

$17 NZD
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Māori Culture, East

New Zealand’s most-visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption come to life.

$250 NZD
Kinaki Food Tours

Māori Culture, Central

For a rustic and authentic Māori food experience, look no further – Māori Masterchef Charles Royal offers an exclusive food tour and cooking demonstration on the shore of Lake Rotomā.

$35 NZD
Kia Ora Guided Walks

Māori Culture, Central

A highly personal and entertaining tour through Rotorua city including the picturesque Government Gardens and Ohinemutu Māori Village. Take this opportunity to share our history, explore our land and most importantly to meet our people.

$35 NZD
Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

Home of the Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao (Māori sub tribes) people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experience’s pre-dating the world famous Pink & White Terraces.

Ahu Boutique - Adrienne Whitewood

Māori Culture, Central

Inspired by Maori art and culture, Adrienne Whitewood takes traditional concepts and with them invents unique silhouettes exploring fabric manipulation and technology, her ethos is all about creating wearable clothing for women who want an emotional connection to clothing. All made in Rotorua.