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Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū
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Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū

By Te Pā Tū
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Don’t miss the opportunity to be welcomed to a traditional Maori meeting house during an evening in Rotorua. At Te Pā Tū watch a cultural performance and learn local indigenous customs including a “hangi” feast. Air-conditioned coach transport is provided from your hotel to a nearby location in the forest.
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$146.14
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$146.14
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Ages 0-99, max of 80 per group
Duration:4h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Combine a Maori cultural performance and hangi dinner
  • Tamaki Maori Village is located close to central Rotorua
  • Learn indigenous New Zealand customs, including a welcome ceremony

  • Māori Cultural Performance
  • Māori fusion feast
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Return transport from central Meeting Point
  • Traditional welcome ceremony
  • Entry/Admission - Te Pā Tū
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages


Departure details
  • 1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Meet at 5.20PM - Te Pā Tū Gathering Place (1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua) Limited pickups from main Rotorua hotels - Contact our office to arrange. 1. Aura Motel 2. Distinction Hotel 3. Ibis Hotel 4. Holiday Inn 5. Millennium Hotel 6. Novotel 7. Princes Gate 8. Pullman Hotel 9. Regent Hotel
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2295HANGI

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Camera and Video usage is permitted throughout the entire evening experience.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū
  • Our team may choose not to have physical contact with our visitors while on tour, this includes shaking hands, and any handling of visitor’s personal belongings (e.g cameras, phones) during tours. We will continue to review these practices and take advice from the New Zealand Government and industry
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū?
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū price starts from $161.61. Discover and book Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū on Tripadvisor
What is the Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū cancellation policy?
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū?
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū is hosted by Te Pā Tū. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Te Pā Tū on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2295HANGI

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1220 Hinemaru Street
    1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Meet at 5.20PM - Te Pā Tū Gathering Place (1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua) Limited pickups from main Rotorua hotels - Contact our office to arrange. 1. Aura Motel 2. Distinction Hotel 3. Ibis Hotel 4. Holiday Inn 5. Millennium Hotel 6. Novotel 7. Princes Gate 8. Pullman Hotel 9. Regent Hotel
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    Te Pa Tu
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Attraction, Tamaki Māori Village presents TE PĀ TŪ Feast on song, drama, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within our forest Pā (village) –blanketed by towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre. Te Pā Tū shares Māori history, traditions, and cultural aspirations across 4-hours of celebration and feasting. These events change with each season of the maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar. Summer: Tū Te Rā - Across this lunar phase, the sun expresses optimal energy, the days are longer, and light nourishes the natural world. Tū Te Rā celebrates abundant harvest and explores concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Māori warfare and peace. Winter: Tū Te Ihi includes the time in the earth’s cycle when Matariki stars are high and bright in winter skies. Te Ihi references the energy and passion stirred by the Matariki cluster and the promise they herald.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

FillsMitty
FillsMitty
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We had the most AMAZING time!
We had the most amazing time. Every moment was truly enjoyable & the hosts who shared their knowledge of Māori hist
04longboards
04longboards
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Next Level Experience - 'Put this on your to DO list'!
Ngā mihinui ki ngā hau kaianga - ngā whānau Webster. Kua hinawanawa ōku kiri. Pai mātou ki te purei ngā kemu, kōrer
Zionyx101
Zionyx101
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A phenomenal evening to remember!
A wonderful evening that felt like it took me back into the ways of old. From the hilarious Hospitality to the enga
Z112VDtraceys
Z112VDtraceys
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World Famous Rotorua Hospitality
From the powhiri to the village experiences and finally the performances at the end (amazing talent btw) - everythi
NZkellz
NZkellz
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Night time fairy tail
Amazing atmosphere having a village and whare set within the forest, and seeing this at night is even better - simp
KylzTahi
KylzTahi
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Highly recommended
I highly recommend visiting Tamaki Tours. Sometimes we take for granted what we have in our own backyard. Greatness
DiTravels69
DiTravels69
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Tamaki Maori village is a must-see
An impressive, interactive evening - with interesting historical explanations in the replica Maori village, beautif
TiaSweet
TiaSweet
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Manaaki Nui
Pai te manaaki, pai te kai, pai te waiata me te haka. Awesome experience being welcomed by the whānau and the knowl
anaru73
anaru73
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Great Night Out at Tamaki Village
Awesome performance, very interactive, a lot of learning. Highly recommend. If you have a business or group of fri
RaeRaeNZ
RaeRaeNZ
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A.Mazing! Kei Runga Noa Atu!
Our rōpū/group came through to learn about the Māori world. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, from the cer
Sandie_HineNZ
Sandie_HineNZ
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Fun in the forest
We were lucky enough to visit at night with a large group and were treated to a wonderful evening of fun and entert
Ilesh1122
Ilesh1122
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A MUST DO!!! Great experience for the whole family with the best feast!!!
Thank you for such a wonderful experience for my family. The food was absolutely Devine, cooked to perfection, one
crynavs
crynavs
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The best birthday experience ever!
I was so happy I get to somewhat immerse myself to the beautiful Maori Culture just the night before my birthday. I
Robyn A
Robyn A
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Fun & Yum!!
A wonderful cultural experience with amazing kai and team building activities which was really enjoyed by our team.
cgV5279ZC
cgV5279ZC
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Couldn't be welcomed better!
Certainly to be repeated if you get the chance. Maoris are very a friendly race giving you a fantastic welcome. Gre
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K Roberts
3 contributions
Jul 2021
We had a cultural trip to Rotorua and we couldn't have spent our final night in a better way than by visiting Tamaki Village. Our students enjoyed the interactive workshops and some were bought to tears watching the performance. There was a huge selection of delicious kai for dinner followed by poroporoaki. We felt incredibly well looked after from the moment we stepped onto the bus and highly recommend the experience, especially to other kura.
Written August 6, 2021
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Kia ora! Thank you for your wonderful feedback on our evening experience, we are happy to hear your students enjoyed their visit! We like to make sure our guests are thoroughly entertained from the moment they board our bus until we drop them off at the end of the night - Nga mihinui Tamaki whānau
Written August 9, 2021
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JayneKiely
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Aug 2021
This was an amazing night, so informative and delivered with a cheeky sense of humour. The performance gave us goosebumps the singing was so beautiful. The dinner was delicious and everyone went back for seconds - thanks for giving us 120% highly recommend all NZders make it a 'must see' when your in Rotorua plus they would love your support - world class attraction.
Written August 4, 2021
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Kia ora Jayne, thanks so much for your wonderful feedback we really appreciate it and happy that you enjoyed your experience with us! Nga mihinui - Tamaki whānau
Written August 9, 2021
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Michael T
Formby, UK1,134 contributions
Jan 2020
This was an interesting and enjoyable evening where we learnt a lot about Maori culture. It was however very busy and getting good pictures was difficult. The Maori people are very likeable and hospitable and the meal at the end was very tasty. We booked through the I-Site in Rotorua and saved 10%, but at 130 dollars each we thought it was overpriced. It's similar to the cost of a standard theatre ticket in London to put it in context.
Written January 17, 2020
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Terry J
Colorado Springs, CO148 contributions
Sep 2022
This "experience" was an included experience in our 17 day Trafalgar tour. It was pouring rain but we were assured by our travel guide that if it was raining the activities would be taken indoors. This was reiterated by an employee when we got to the venue. Not true! Let's start at the beginning. When we got to the bus they had oversold and there were not enough seats. 1 person sat in what would be the guides seat and another sat on the stairs at the middle of the bus. When we got to the village the rain had stopped so the fire dance was nice. Then the rain started to pour down. We were guided through 5 areas outside in the pouring rain for over an hour before going into a house for a dance demonstration. Soaking wet and freezing cold. Started to dry off only to have to go out in the rain again to get to dinner. Dinner wasn't served until after 8 p.m. and took about 90 minutes to get through all the courses. Food was not to my liking, One more run to the bus to go home where once again there were not enough seats. I realize they can't control the weather but there was plenty of room in the house where the dance demonstration was to keep everyone dry. Recommend you go to a nice dinner in Rotorua and not waste your time or money on this event.
Written September 19, 2022
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Mike S
Norwich, UK235 contributions
Jan 2020
I like I imagine, many others, grasped at this headline thinking it must be amazing. Wrong!. This is not even a top 100 experience.

This trip included 1 hour of some demonstrations on Maori life in a very small area of the wooded area in groups of about 20 from a total of about 200 people, then a 5 minute talk about how the food you are about to eat is cooked. Its then 90 minutes of sitting in the dinning room eating a buffet meal. Much of what we learnt about Maori culture is available elsewhere without this kind of expense. We watched a 30 min show in the National Museum in Auckland and learnt most of what we saw last night.
This is a slick operation that must be bringing in a fortune for the owners especially bearing in mind that there were two parties of 200 at the venue, revenue is $50k plus per night!. For that sort of revenue there ought to be a lot more for your money.
If you want to learn about Maori Culture, check out other options before committing to the cost of this one.
Written January 9, 2020
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SandraandChris
Burgess Hill, UK59 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked the experiece at Rororua info desk and are really glad we did. We were picked up from our motel and taken to the centre of town where we all transferred into coaches to take us to the village, we had a very entertaining driver who kept us amused on the journey, a chief was picked from the males on the bus and he performed the welcoming ceremony when we arrived at the village, we were shown round and invited to join in where possible, the men were all shown how to do the Haka which was great fun. We were shown into the dining room and invited to go up and get your food , there was certainly plenty of it and several people got up for seconds and even thirds, water was on the table but if you wanted anything else you paid for it, dessert was then served again very good. We were then taken back by our driver who dropped all of us at whichever place you were staying ,we all had a sing song on the journey back singing songs from each nation that was on the coach, A fun evening
Written March 1, 2020
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Peter F
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
Jul 2020
We went with a group of ten people for a cultural experience and dinner. Excellent hospitality from wonderful people. We were collected by bus from our hotel, welcomed into the sacred village, learned about the village life, were entertained by the concert party, and fed an excellent traditional hangi feast.

Our bus driver, Dennis kept us entertained on the way to the village and back to the hotel. Everyone who attended (from 3 years old to 91 years old) had a fun time.

Thanks Tamaki Village for a good time.
Written July 22, 2020
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Kia ora, Thanks so much for your review. We have been spending time in hibernation revitalising our experience. Feast on Māori song, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within our forest Pā (village), towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre. Hākari (feasting) begins with forest horotai (canapes) and culminates in a lavish 3-course fusion feast. We hope you come to visit us again on your next trip, Nga mihi, Sarah
Written May 18, 2022
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Robert D
3 contributions
Feb 2020
This was recommended by I-site as the best Maori cultural experience. We were greatly looking forward to it but felt, from the beginning, that we were on more of a “Butlins” type tour with a condescending bus driver who insulted our intelligence . He thought he was funny, and yes, he was in parts,but his constant talking gave us a headache before we even got there and added nothing to the experience. We were expected to say “Kia Ora” every five seconds. On arrival we were herded , four or five coaches full, into the waiting area. We had to stand here for about 15 mins, with nothing happening.The actual Maori welcome was great and, we felt, authentic. The different village experiences were rushed and we had trouble getting a good view. The singing and dancing were lovely and you could tell a lot of love and effort were being put in. The food was average, some of it being cooked underground, but I don’t think lamb, mint sauce and gravy is especially Maori! We were hurried through the meal as well, as they had to get ready for the next coach loads. Out of season, I’m sure, you’d get better value in terms of money, but also time and attention. We were told several times it was time to move on as there wasn’t enough time to answer questions or to linger. We think it’s a victim of its own success.
Written March 2, 2020
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Robert R
Fairfax, VA874 contributions
Feb 2020
We ended up spending 4 hours for this activity including the round trip bus ride from the downtown pickup spot to the Village. The village itself was hokey and you could easily see that it was not real, just a prop to show visitors what life was like in the old days. I guess that the modern Maoris live in regular houses and dress up in clothes like the rest of us. I would have liked to have someone describe how most Maoris live in the modern world. Anyway, did not think much of the village and presentations. Best part by far was the presentation of the fire pit where food was cooked, the buffet dinner, and the Maori dance/singing show.
Written March 26, 2020
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Derek B.
14 contributions
Jan 2020
We booked our Tamaki Maori Village experience for 15th Jan 2020. Pleased that bus transport from our Holiday Park (Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park) was included. First stop was at a Tamaki Experience facility, where we watched a video about Maori beliefs and how they first discovered NZ. Was a bit unexpected, but 20 mins later we re-boarded the bus to the Village. The coach driver fancied himself as a bit of a comedian, and insisted on trying to get the passengers to participate in his joviality. On arrival we witnessed a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony, and then were shown various aspects of Maori culture, some of which were interactive. We then witnessed the raising of our Hangi food, followed by traditional song and dance. It was entertaining, although not without mistakes. E.g. some of the baton throwing was less than perfect!
We ate our Hangi at a buffet style restaurant, but hardly had time to digest our meals before being herded out back to our buses, where we had to endure our driver singing 'The wheels on the bus go round and round...'.
Overall a worthwhile experience, but felt a bit like a performance put on for tourists.
Written January 27, 2020
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