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New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

Hemo Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 348 9047
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Ranked #24 of 45 Attractions in Rotorua
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Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this Institute trains young carvers in the skills of their elders with... more » Owner description: Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this Institute trains young carvers in the skills of their elders with demonstrations of weaving techniques. « less
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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The tour guide we got was a Maori descent and shared many stories told by his parents and grandparents. If you like to learn about cultures, I would say go for it. You learn a wealth about their lifestyle and heritage (try to opt for a Maori guide if possible). The hot springs is something to experience if you have... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The real museum of the Maori is in Auckland. This is a bit fakey and not inexpensive. I have to admit we were disappointed. Good news is that you have a Maori guide who answers questions and the hot springs are pretty cool. We saw the obligatory Maori ritual and dancing. So we checked that box off on the trip.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Located at the entrance to Te Puia (Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve). The New Zealand Maori Arts and Craft Institute is home to the National Carving School, where the art of Traditional Maori carving is taught to young trainees keeping the Maori traditions alive. There is a traditional show and wonderful food in the cafe. We had a typical Maori meal... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was a highlight of our trip to Rotorua. We took a guided tour and enjoyed seeing the wood carving and weaving. There are maori buildings on display, There is also a maori show that you can view. The many thermal areas throughout the park were amazing to see and we were also able to view the kiwi enclosure and... More

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Rotorua NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

A 'must see' if you visit Rotorua, charming staff will help explain and answer questions. A wonderland

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Rice MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were able to observe an erupting geyser - its show lasts about 20 minutes, and it erupts about once per hour. The center has some typical Maori buildings, and we learned how they make ceremonial skirts from the fibers of palm fronds. There are also some quality art items available for purchase.

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Long Beach Island, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Culture is important to understand; and it is neat to see money directly from tourism supporting a cultural cause.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Dear all, New Zealand, in my word "Back end of the world beginning of heaven". New Zealand is just magnificent beautiful all over, it is the place one should see before the human race spoils it.... there are much to see, much to experience and in my mind this place is the nearest spot or maybe the only place which... More

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

If I am looking for good quality Maori Arts and Crafts souvenirs in the north island this is the place to visit. If the staff dont have what you want they can put you in touch with someone who can. To understand how much time and effort is put into producing maori arts and crafts this is the place to... More

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Very interesting tour with excellent guide. Usually visit Whaka village so first time on this side of geyser. Live kiwi shed was good value, and craft centre open and interesting. Cultural show cost extra which was disappointing as should be included with access price. Whaka side probably has edge if choosing between the two.

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