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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hamurana Springs

Māori Culture, Central

Discover the beauty of Hamurana Springs at your own pace or be guided by a descendant of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi people who first migrated to the area in the mid 1300’s. Enjoy the stunning natural elements and cultural stories that make this such a magical place.

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.

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.

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.

Rotorua Rafting

Māori Culture, Central

Rotorua Rafting offers the most spectacular whitewater rafting in Rotorua and is home to the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, Tutea Falls.

Tamaki Māori Village Evening Cultural Experience

Māori Culture, Central

Journey into the heart of Māori culture, an experience you will 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.