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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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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. 

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.

$17 NZD
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Māori Culture, East

New Zealand’s most-visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption come to life.

$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.

$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.

$8 NZD
Hamurana Springs

Māori Culture, Central

Discover the beauty of Hamurana Springs at your own pace or be guided by a descendant of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi people who first migrated to the area in the mid 1300’s. Enjoy the stunning natural elements and cultural stories that make this such a magical place.

Mitai Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

By entering the world of Mitai Māori Village you will embrace the history and culture of our people through the migration story of our ancestors, the Ngāti Ohomairangi people who voyaged across the Pacific Ocean more than 2,000 years ago and arrived at Maketu.

$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.

$250 NZD
Kinaki Food Tours

Māori Culture, Central

For a rustic and authentic Māori food experience, look no further – Māori Masterchef Charles Royal offers an exclusive food tour and cooking demonstration on the shore of Lake Rotomā.

Ōhinemutu Māori Village

Māori Culture, Central

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

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Māori Culture, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

$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.