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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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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.

Ahu Boutique - Adrienne Whitewood

Māori Culture, Central

Inspired by Māori art and culture, Adrienne Whitewood takes traditional concepts and 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.

Tamaki Māori Village Evening Cultural Experience

Māori Culture, Central

Journey into the heart of Māori culture, an experience you will never forget!

Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

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

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.

Mitai Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

By entering the world of Mitai Māori Village you will embrace the history and culture of our people through the migration story of our ancestors, the Ngāti Ohomairangi people who voyaged across the Pacific Ocean more than 2,000 years ago and arrived at Maketu.

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.

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Māori Culture, East

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex.

Mountain Jade

Māori Culture, Central

Discover the art of carving jade on a guided tour of a greenstone studio. Meet local artists as they craft jade by hand and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a carving workshop.

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.

Totally Tarawera

Māori Culture, Central

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

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.