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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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$25 NZD
Geyser By Night – Te Puia Light Trails

Māori Culture, Central

When darkness falls the true love story of Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland comes to life.

$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.

Mountain Jade Rotorua - Pounamu & Greenstone

Māori Culture, Central

Mountain Jade is home to the largest and most diverse collection of pounamu in New Zealand. Step into our workshop, meet local artists as they work, and discover the art and stories that make up our gallery. 

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.

$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.

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.

$85 NZD
Rotorua Rafting

Māori Culture, Central

Rotorua Rafting offers the most spectacular white water rafting in Rotorua and is home to the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls. With NZ native scenery and Maori history lining the gorge of the beautiful Kaituna River, let us show you our backyard.

Ohinemutu Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

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

$22 NZD
Mitai Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

Mitai Māori Village is an indigenous cultural experience incorporating a traditional hāngī meal, cultural performance, warrior canoe and sacred freshwater spring. Nau mai, haere mai – welcome!

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Māori Culture, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach) including a natural hot pool soak.

$99 NZD
Thermal Safari

Māori Culture, Central

Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.  

$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.