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Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance

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Address: Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 7 3463 888
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Not Hollywood, but Real Local Performers.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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Victoria, Canada
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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

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Hong Kong, China
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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 

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Aldavilla, New South Wales, Australia
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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.....

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Melbourne, Australia
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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 

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tippe133
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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.

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Currumbin, Australia
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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

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Fresno, California
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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!

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Shorewood, Minnesota
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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 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A great introduction to Maori culture with story telling, dancing and singing. It was amazing to see how the traditional musical instruments were skilfully used. I tried to hide when they asked for volunteers to do the haka but all of the adult males were personally ushered up to the stage and, for me, learning and performing the haka were... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Took a ride in a bus with Dennis 'the menace who doesn't play tennis' to a magical village where we learned how to haka and hongi. Had a wonderful meal, learned a bit about Maori heritage and met a lot of very proud , passionate people. It was freezing cold but the food was hot and the dining hall very... More 

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