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  • 3 course traditional dinner
  • Cultural song and dance
  • Return transfers to/from Rotorua
  • Learn legends, art and history

Tamaki Maori Village

Tamaki Maori Cultural Experience with 3 Course Dinner

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Visit an authentic Maori village in the midst of Rotorua’s ancient Tawa forest and immerse yourself in the colourful culture on the Tamaki Maori Cultural Experience. Explore the village, listen to the stories, learn of the rituals and traditions, discover the art forms, watch the song and dance performances and indulge in a traditional hangi dinner with your Maori hosts.

You first enjoy a coach scenic drive from your accommodations to the fortified village, learning of the interesting Maori legends; also during this drive to the Tawa forest, you and your fellow guests must assign a Chief to represent the group, an honourable task and title in Maoridom. When you arrive, you cannot enter beyond the village’s outskirts until the Powhiri, a formal welcome ceremony has been performed. After several intimidating haka challenges between village warriors, your Chief will place a peace offering at your feet and you are welcomed to listen to the Karanga, a welcome call, and watch the Powhiri, a welcome dance.

Step back in time, a time before the European settlement, and explore the Maori way of life, including the small dwellings, the arts and the songs; watch the women weaving, see the warriors training with traditional weapons and openly talk with the villagers about their heritage. You then watch your meal being cooked on hot under the earth at the authentic hangi pit. Your Chief and the guides dig your meal from the dirt and open the hessain sacks, revealing your delicious dinner that has been cooking for more than three hours. From here, you head to the sacred meeting house, where you admire a series of song and dance performances.

Next, sit down with the villagers and enjoy hot chicken and lamb, kumara, potatoes, carrots and delicious stuffing that were just pulled from the hangi pit. As well, feast on Maori bread, fresh salads and seafood, desserts and a range of other dishes. After dinner, sit around the bonfire and swap stories or wander the marketplace. Finally, your experience concludes with the Poroporoaki, a closing ceremony, before returning to your accommodations.

Inclusions

  • 3 course traditional hangi dinner with your Maori hosts
  • Return transfers to/from your Rotorua City or your accommodation.
  • Learn about various art forms, traditions and ways of life for Maori

Tour Times

  • The experience starts from 6.15pm all year round
  • During the winter months and busy seasons, the experience also starts from 5pm
  • During busy seasons, the experience also starts from 7.30pm

Duration

  • 3.5 Hours

Location

  • The Tamaki Maori Village is 15 minutes drive from our bookings & information office on the Rotorua-Taupo State Highway 5, however bookings are essential to visit our village during the evening.

Highlights

  • Authentic Maori village nestled in Rotorua forest
  • Discover Maori art forms
  • Ancient rituals and traditions
  • Experience thrilling song and dance
  • Learn about the great Maori migration
  • A formal welcome ceremony
  • See warriors training for war with traditional weapons

Hangi Feast Menu

  • The traditional hangi has been steaming under the earth on hot rocks for a number of hours, ready for your arrival!
  • Enjoy succulent New Zealand meats with a lovely, slightly-smoked flavour and fresh vegetables. As well as hangi, you will enjoy Maori bread, fresh salads and seafood, mouth-watering desserts and more
  • Feast on as much as you like – it is our honour to fill your belly and your heart with our traditional Maori hospitality!
  • Vegetarians are happily catered for upon request – just let us know when you book.
To Start
  • Rewana Bread
Main Meal
  • Traditional Hangi
  • Hangi cooked meats – Prime New Zealand Lamb & Chicken
  • Hangi cooked vegetables - potatoes, Kumara, carrots
  • Stuffing
  • Steamed NZ green lip mussels
  • Fresh fish cooked in garlic and butter sauce
  • Condiments – gravy, mint sauce, cranberry sauce
  • Green Garden Salad
  • Pasta Salad
Dessert
  • Pavlova with kiwifruit
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Hangi Steamed Pudding
  • Fresh Cream

FAQ's

  • What do we need to wear? Comfortable, casual clothing is fine! In winter months, bring a nice warm coat
  • Can we drive ourselves out to the village? Yes of course - and we can give you easy directions. However, we do recommend the coach journey out to the village entrance – you’ll really enjoy it! We are well known for this part of the experience – you’ll learn about our history, stories and village protocol on the way – and have a good laugh too!
  • Is our Hangi cooked under the ground? Absolutely – this is the age-old, authentic Maori Hangi. You will witness your meal being lifted from the ground, steamed to perfection and mouth-wateringly good!
  • Is it cheaper if we do not take the Tamaki transport? No, it is all included in the cost; therefore the cost remains the same
  • Can I bring and use my camera or video? Absolutely – you are welcome to do so!
  • Is Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua Wheelchair accessible? Yes, absolutely
  • Is Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua suitable for children? Yes, children find the entire experience fascinating and entertaining. Infants may visit for free, and we also have high chairs available
  • Are international student ID's accepted for student rate? Yes, absolutely

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 tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • If cancellation is made within 7 days of the booking, 50% of the total booking amount will be charged
  • If cancellation is made within 48 hours of the booking, 75% of the total booking amount will be charged
  • If cancellation is made within 24 hours of the booking 100% of total booking will be charged
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Jodie Morgan 2 months ago From the moment the bus collects you for your Tamaki Village experience, you know it's going to be special. The evening begins with a very informative and funny bus journey, telling you about the nights' proceedings. On arrival, you are taken into the village, and there the magic begins... Maori warriors emerge from the forest and this begins an evening of music, song, dance and culture that is like no other. The hangi dinner is delicious!! And when you leave Tamaki, you feel like you have really been part of Maori life, highly recommend!!
From the moment the bus collects you for your Tamaki Village experience
Jodie Morgan 2 months ago

From the moment the bus collects you for your Tamaki Village experience, you know it's going to be special. The evening begins with a very informative and funny bus journey, telling you about the nights' proceedings. On arrival, you are taken into the village, and there the magic begins... Maori warriors emerge from the forest and this begins an evening of music, song, dance and culture that is like no other. The hangi dinner is delicious!! And when you leave Tamaki, you feel like you have really been part of Maori life, highly recommend!!

We were picked up by a smaller bus straight outside our house and then moved into a bigger bus where we had a blast with the very entertaining driver Mark
Shuang Chan 4 months ago

We were picked up by a smaller bus straight outside our house and then moved into a bigger bus where we had a blast with the very entertaining driver Mark. The entry into the village was a solemn affair but it was all fun and games once you are in. We were immersed into the village culture from the start and it felt like you were visiting someone else’s home. The food was great and there were a lot of performances to keep the momentum going. Would recommended it!

Absolutely brilliant
Sandra Chapman 1 year ago

Absolutely brilliant! Well worth the money. Don’t want to say too much about it as it will ruin it for you, but absolutely worth doing. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and it certainly helps you understand the culture it was a privilege to be there!

I had a great time experiencing the cultural and understanding their history and where they come from
Joyce Chan 1 year ago

I had a great time experiencing the cultural and understanding their history and where they come from. The food was amazing. We had buffet such as fish, mussels, chicken and etc. The staffs were very friendly and we had fun getting to the village. The bus tour was funny and we sang along in the bus. Definitely worth exploring this place.

Excellent experience
Wayne & Ann Rasmussen 2 years ago

Excellent experience. The insight into Maori Culture and the friendliness of the people showing us was professional and instructive. Would highly recommend anyone in Rotorua take the time to do the night visit.

We had a great time at tamaki Maori Village
Stephen Hibbitt 2 years ago

We had a great time at tamaki Maori Village. It was very informative in giving you an insight into Maori culture but also keeping it entertaining and humorous most of the time. We enjoyed the hangi meal on the night which was very tasty and substantial. Our driver to and from the evening at the village was one of the stars of the night

A must see in NZ
Canadian Traveller 2 years ago

A must see in NZ. Some reviews said the food was not that great but we really liked it and the shows and demonstrations were awesome.

The experience was amazing from start to finish
Dimitra Ladikos 2 years ago

The experience was amazing from start to finish. Pick up was from the hotel, making it easy, by a friendly and knowledgable driver. He gave us a brief outline of the night events ahead and about the history of his ancestors, with a lot of humour. The actual village itself was fantastic. The group stations set up were informative and entertaining. They involved the crowd for a more personal experience. The prepared show and dining experience was also great. It was certainly worth the money I paid for myself, my husband and two kids

We all had an awesome experience
Bronwyn Micallef 2 years ago

We all had an awesome experience. The staff were all very friendly and very informative. It was great being able to be involved in the activities. We found the whole night throughly enjoyable and would definitely come again. We recommend it to all ages as we had teenage boys with us who loved it. Well worth it.

We were a party of 4 people
David 3 years ago

We were a party of 4 people. Our first reaction was, "this is a bit pricey, but hey we're on holiday". Well' the experience started as soon as we boarded the bus that picked us up. The driver was amiable, extremely funny, but at the same very informative. The whole evening ran along these similar lines and was the best cultural experience that any of us had ever encountered. Many thanks to the whole team for informing, enlightening and entertaining and feeding us on that wonderful evening.

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Heke Tarei Tamaki Maori Village

Nau mai haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand’s most awarded Maori cultural attraction. Experience an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performances & traditional hangi meal.

This experience gives you time to relax and chat to your hosts or wander around the tribal marketplace before your cultural tour ends with the poroporoaki, an official closing ceremony.
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