Tamaki Māori Village Evening Cultural Experience

Tour Summary

The most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Voted “Top 10 best attraction in the World” - a cultural experience like no other. Delivered with genuine heart and soul, Tamaki Māori Village offers a window in to a truly riveting, spirited way of life. Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, amazing re-enactment, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting as we relive significant events within our Pre-European history! Immerse yourself in the traditional Maori way of life during this interactive and entertaining evening experience with dinner.

Tour Highlights

 

  • The most awarded cultural tourism attraction in NZ

  • Traditional Māori welcome ceremony

  • Interactive tour of pre-European village

  • Immerse yourself in the traditional Maori way of life

  • Hear the amazing history of the village ancestors

  • Participate in hands-on cultural activities – Flax Weaving, Māori  tattooing

  • Viewing of geothermal hangi meal prep 

  • Enter the ancestral meeting house

  • Enjoy the traditional, powerful and entertaining cultural performance

  • Feasting on a traditional hangi 3 course buffet dinner and NZ desserts

Tour Inclusion

 

  • Fully guided return transfer from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • Admission to Tamaki Māori Village evening cultural experience

  • Three-course authentic hangi dinner & cultural performance

Tour Description

Step inside the village and be transported into another world!

Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. A journey into the heart of Māori Culture... an experience you will never forget! The most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand... Voted Top 10 best attraction in the World - a cultural experience like no other. Delivered with genuine heart and soul, Tamaki Maori Village offers a window in to a truly riveting, spirited way of life.

As you travel by coach deep into the heart of an ancient tawa forest, your guide will explain the protocol for entering a Māori village as manuhiri (visitors). From the moment you are picked up by your warm and humorous hosts, the Tamaki Maori Village Evening Experience promises to be entertaining.

Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Upon arrival, warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows visitors’ safe passage into the village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. After a fearsome challenge by a group of warriors and the exchange of a peace offering, you will be warmly greeted and brought onto the marae (meeting house area) Immerse yourself in the traditional Maori way of life. As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the pre-European village the village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit by your Maori chef to reveal baskets laden with a sumptuous, mouth-watering feast, which has been cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.

Enter the ancestral meeting house relax as the family entertain you – enjoy a powerful display of cultural performance of song and dance – including the spine tingling haka finale! Join us in celebration, and dine on the traditional hangi buffet feast, followed by dessert. All dietary requirements catered for.When darkness descends and dinner concludes, wander by lantern light for dessert and a nightcap in a secret forest alcove.  Share stories some ours but especially yours inspired by a magical firelight – before returning to Rotorua under a blanket of stars.

Tour Requirements

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items.

  • Please also bring a jersey or coat if it is cold.

  • Easy and good fitness level required.

  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great experiences photos.

  • Special dietary requirements catered for upon request, please advise at the time of booking. Preferences and requests cannot be guaranteed. Special requests are subject to availability.

Optiona Add-Ons

Deluxe Lake Spa

Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Deluxe Lake Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’ s very own backyard. Embrace nature’s sanctuary and slip into five mineral hot pools overlooking Lake Rotorua. The slightly acidic Priest Spring relieves tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin.

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+64 21 026 60993

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