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New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

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Address: Hemo Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand
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+64 7-348 9047

Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this...

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.

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It was very nice to see student carve wood sculpture. They are so patience in the process of carving. Thank You for sharing your skill. The guide was very thorough. .

Reviewed November 30, 2016
Long Beach, California
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed November 30, 2016

It was very nice to see student carve wood sculpture. They are so patience in the process of carving. Thank You for sharing your skill. The guide was very thorough. .

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Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

We were over on a holiday from Australia and decided while in Rotorua you have to do the tourist thing This is a good thing to do to get a feel for the area

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed November 10, 2016

This was a really nice place. The tour and event is organized and handled exceptionally well. Rob who was our guide did a great job and his extended family, several of who play parts in the song and dance rituals are great hosts. I was lucky enough to be made the Chief for the evening's events--plus side to being the... More 

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Reviewed October 25, 2016

We went to this place on our tour to newzealand/rotoura.This place gives a glimpse of maori calture.There are lot of exhibits made by them.We attended a stage show also .Hand made works are excellent

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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

A good place to spend some time , wood sculptures being made , The Guide who showed and explained was also good ,we went around the place saw the Hot sulphur springs the quick sand pool and also the Local Bird House. We had a little difficulty in finding the Kiwi for the darkness.

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Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Would be fine if it wasn't for some tourists !!!! So impatient with scant respect for Maori culture I thoroughly enjoyed by my visit

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed August 20, 2016

We visited the Maori Experience in Rotorua yesterday. It was a very educational and entertaining experience. The history and culture of the Maori people is fascinating. The on stage show was excellent, but I expected it to last longer, with a little more information about the Maori history in dance, and it's place in their history. The dancers and singers... More 

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Reviewed July 26, 2016

Thank you for sharing your skills and those of your tupuna. Yous were beautiful to watch as you did your mahi :)

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Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

This was an excellent night which gave an insight into Maori culture. It was explained how they meet and greet people and the put on a great show of their traditional dancing. You got an opportunity to go on stage and learn the huka. We were shown how they cook meals and then we were served a meal after the... More 

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Reviewed May 25, 2016

We really enjoyed visiting this center. We had a tour guide who gave valuable information about the art and what plants were used to weave the Maori clothing and baskets. The carvings were just phenomenal. My biggest regret is that I didn't buy a lovely framed artwork there at the center. The price was actually more reasonable there at the... More 

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