Mitai Maori Cultural Experience with Dinner Buffet & Pickup

Meals included
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Highlights & inclusions

Welcoming ceremony
View the unveiling of traditional hangi meal
Cultural Performance
Full buffet hangi dinner
Question & answer session
Educational walk through nature
or 4 payments of $35.65 with more info
Free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to experience

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Mon, Jul 15, 2024

What you can expect

Embrace Maori history and culture with this unique experience in Mitai Maori Village. Watch stories unfold through the dynamic scenes of Maori warriors paddling down the Wai-o-Whiro stream, the melodious sounds of instruments and entertainment from the performers sharing the haka or war dance to poi dances and more. Enjoy a walk through the ngahere (forest) to see the ancient, fortified village learning the old ways of living and survival of Maori people. Discover the natural resource Te Puna a Tuhoe, a sacred freshwater spring. The evening is not over until you glimpse the glow worms light up the banks of the forest as the veil of darkness engulfs the forest.

Afterwards, indulge in a traditional hangi buffet, food of the Great Ocean of Kiwa. Your hāngī earth oven kai (food) includes meat, chicken, kumara and much more. The hāngī is cooked in an earth-oven, a hole 1-2m into the ground, the baskets of kai are placed on hot stones at the bottom of a hāngī pit. The kai is then covered to trap the heat, the steam and heat from heated hāngī stones infuses the kai with delicious earthy flavours while it cooks for 3-4 hours. This cultural experience is unlike any other, giving you a traditional and touching look into the ancient Maori culture.


What you need to know

  • Return Rotorua hotel transfers
  • The unveiling of the Hangi (your evening meal which is cooked in a traditional earth oven)
  • Waka welcoming ceremony
  • Cultural performance
  • Hangi meal
  • Guided bushwalk and glow worm tour
  • Visit Rainbow Springs for the Beauty by Night Experience (optional)
  • Bar facilities available on site, no alcoholic beverages to be brought on the grounds
  • This experience starts at 6pm
  • This experience takes place in Mitai Maori Village
Hotel Pickup
  • Rotorua hotel pickups commence 45 minutes before the start time at 6 pm.
  • Your pick-up time will vary depending on your location, please be ready 45 minutes prior
Additional Information
  • Children under 4 years are free of charge, however still need to be booked in
  • Dinner that is cooked in the hangi includes succulent NZ lamb and chicken, potatoes, kumara (sweet potato) served with salads, beverages and finished with a delicious dessert
  • We provide an indoor outdoor experience therefore dress for the weather
  • Some limitations for wheelchair accessibility during walk through the forest
  • Bar facilities available on site, no alcoholic beverages to be brought on the grounds
  • Recommend to wear comfortable shoes for bush walk
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled start time will be eligible for a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between 48 hours and 24 hours before the scheduled start time will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled start time or no-shows will not be eligible for a refund.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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