We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance

Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 7 3463 888
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 36 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Unique Experience

This is about as close as you'll get to the Maori culture. The evening starts on the bus with the Maori coach driver explaining things & choosing 3 chiefs then we get to watch the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Grasmi909
,
London, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is about as close as you'll get to the Maori culture. The evening starts on the bus with the Maori coach driver explaining things & choosing 3 chiefs then we get to watch the traditional Maori greeting being acted out. Next up is a taste of different aspects of Maori life - basket weaving, warrior training, food, weapons etc.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Our first stop in New Zealand was in Rotorua where we were experienced a Hangi, which is to the Maoris what a Luau is to Hawaiians. The food is cooked in baskets which are set in pits between thermal heated rocks. In our case it was a pig. After dinner we were treated to a performance of native songs and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The tour of the Maori village where the culture is demonstrated was really interesting. We enjoyed learning the history of the Moari people. The traditional dinner cooked in the pit was excellent as was the signing and the dancing of traditional ways. I would highly recommend this event

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you want good interactive entertainment and food that is cooked the old fashion way, then don't miss this attraction. Even the bus driver who delivers you and returns you to your hotel is in on the entertainment. You can even be chief of a tribe for a few hours, but you will need to learn the Maori dance. It... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Aldavilla, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Just a money spinner this one, so avoid. The meal was certainly no Hangi and of poor quality. The whole thing felt cheap and tacky. The show was certainly not polished and the $68 a head charge was a rip off. Guess we chose the wrong one to go to.....

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
193 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The one thing that often grates on sensitivities when you are local to an area, is to see the over commercialisation of a tourism feature. It was very refreshing therefore when our guide from Amazing Day Tours, Irene, told us that this centre was the work of local tribal Maori groups, rather than a professional performing troupe. This difference provided... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
tippe133
Level Contributor
169 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant place to spend a few hours. I think our guides name was Paul and he was excellent. The 'surprise' you get from the boiling water is a good added touch. Also kiwi house is great.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Currumbin, Australia
Level Contributor
120 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Loved seeing the kiwi, mouri art centres, hot geysers and mud pools. Excellent day. Definitely go on a tour and pay the extra 10 to see the cultural show....well worth it

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A fantastic cultural experience and a great way to learn more about the history of the Maori people. Plus, the food was SO good!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Shorewood, Minnesota
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Most large group tours leave you wanting more but this one delivers a punch! The Maori respect for their tourist guests is both refreshing and exciting at every turn. Unlike many mass tourist destinations, this one does not cut corners to quickly rotate us through. The Maori staff is welcoming, warm and makes you appreciate the rich cultural experience allowing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance also viewed

Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 
Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 

Been to Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance

Address: Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 7 3463 888
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?