This night was a very memorable experience for our family- we really enjoyed learning about the maori culture and traditions. The interactive areas at the beginning of the night were hilarious (men got to do a haka, women got to dance with the poi, etc.) and allowed us to experience these traditions first-hand! Afterwards we were ushered into a hall to watch a live performance of several songs and dances. The performers were easily the highlight of the night as they each exuded a unique personality and connected with the audience!
After the performance we had to watch a short video which was not very well done and felt like a time buffer for them to prepare the food- my advice would be to get rid of this altogether, or update the video so it doesn't feel like something out of the previous decade.
Food was a buffet-style serve yourself affair. Only a few items had actually been traditionally cooked hanga- I think just the chicken and potatoes. Towards the end of this we had a few of the employees sing and play some western songs with people clapping along, which felt a little out of place but seemed to satisfy our fellow tourists who were part of a big tour group from the US.
Overall a nice evening, just wish they had tried to go for something slightly more authentic with the second half of the evening. Would recommend!
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