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Tamaki Maori Village

Immerse yourself in the traditional Maori way of life in this active pre-European village.

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Rotorua: Tamaki Māori Village Cultural Experience

1. Rotorua: Tamaki Māori Village Cultural Experience

Experience the warmth of the Maori people with an evening of ceremonial rituals, cultural performances, storytelling, and hangi feasting at Tamaki Maori Village. Return transport provided from the Gathering Place in Tamaki. Warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows visitors safe passage into the village. As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the pre-European village is alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone. See haka, poi, tattooing, carving, and arts of warrior training.  Watch as the earth is carefully scraped away to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining on the traditional hangi buffet feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki (official closing ceremony) before you are returned to the Gathering Place in Tamaki.

Tamaki Māori Village: Interactive Lunch Experience

2. Tamaki Māori Village: Interactive Lunch Experience

Upon arrival at the Tamaki Māori Village in the Tawa forest outside the city, enjoy a Whakatau welcome ceremony. Then, roll your sleeves up, roll your dough out and start helping to make your own Puku Burger. While lunch is being prepared, enjoy some Kōrero (conversation) with your friendly and knowledgeable Tamaki hosts. Once lunch is ready, tuck into a delicious feast of your Puku Burger, Horopito aioli, relishes, dressings, and salads. Enjoy a selection of Kawakawa hot and cold brew teas with your meal. Explore the forest and Tamaki Māori Village and learn more about traditional pastimes and activities. Feed the village tuna, identify the flora and fauna of the forest, unlock the cultural meanings of the carved houses, and enjoy the serenity and warmth of your surroundings.


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What people are saying about Tamaki Maori Village

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 301 reviews

It was such an awesome experience, loved the performances, the welcoming at the beginning was so good! The team had such beautiful voices. I tell you, there's only about 10-12 in the group but when you hear them singing....sound like a whole choir!! Amazing! The HANGI was deeeelicious, I swear this was the highlight of our stay in Rotorua and highly recommend it. #KIAORA

We enjoyed everything about the night. The staff were all very happy, informative and entertaining. We went away smiling too, thanks. The most entertaining bus ride there and back also John, the motel pick ups were right on time.

My partner loved learning about maori culture it was definitely an experience to behold

My family and I had a fantastic experience. We loved the village.

Amazing experience from start to finish. Highly recommend