Tamaki Maori Village Evening Experience Tour
Discover an ancient world of Maori culture with traditional ceremonies, Experience cultural performances with an authentic hangi prepared dinner on this evening tour of Tamaki Maori Village just on the outskirts of Rotorua.
You can be picked by coach and travel deep into an ancient tawa forest, your (Guide)driver explains the protocol for entering the Maori village as manuhiri (visitors).
On arrival, experience a powhiri (a formal welcoming ceremony) before entering the village. You will experience a fearsome challenge by Maori warriors and after accepting a peace offering you will be warmly greeted and brought onto the marae (meeting house area) with traditional songs and dance.
Once inside the village you will be transported into ancient world. Here you will experience the sights and sounds of pre-European Māori life as the villagers demonstrate traditional Māori activities and crafts. Hear stories of ancient ancestors, see traditional weaponry displays and tattooing in action. See your Maori hang meal lifted from the ground, consisting of meats and smoky vegetables has been cooked underground for many hours, where it would of been cooking for hours by steam underground on hot stones. Learn the history of the hangi and how your dinner was prepared and cooked the traditional way!
Head to the sacred ancestral meeting house for a powerful cultural performance where you can enjoy a cultural performance complete with harmonious singing and traditional dances an integral part of Māori culture – experience the famous haka war dance, poi dancing and hear the soul stirring harmonies of anceint traditional waiata (songs). After the performance is time enjoy a buffet feast. Succulent New Zealand meats and vegetables with a unique smoky cooked flavour, accompanied by fresh salads and seafood followed by a range of authentic Kiwi desserts.
Next time to relax and chat to your hosts, your cultural tour ends with the poroporoaki, an official closing ceremony.
Transport is provided to return yourself back to your accomodation after an evening to remember for the rest of your life!
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Camera and Video usage is permitted throughout the entire evening experience.
- Hangi Dinner
- Tour escort/host
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Maori performance in traditional meeting house
Tour includes pick-up and drop-off from your Rotorua city hotel (list on Booking form)