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“wonderful maori performers” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tamaki Maori Village
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Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance
Ranked #3 of 108 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: Tamaki Maori Village – Evening Cultural Experience. New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. The village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining the traditional hangi buffet feast!
Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“wonderful maori performers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

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!

Visited May 2013
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“An entertaining introduction to Maori culture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We were glad we followed their recommendation to have the bus pick us up at our motel, because the bus ride turned out to be an important part of the experience. The driver taught us Maori words and explained some of the traditions and ceremonies we would be observing; the ride home was even more entertaining! After the official greeting at the village, they broke us up into groups so we could go from station to station to learn about different aspects of Maori life. The interactive demonstrations were fun, although we wish there had been more time to ask questions before having to rush off to the next station. The hangi meal was somewhat bland but plentiful. Sure, this is a hokey, touristy, and expensive evening, but it's also an enjoyable, informative, and memorable one.

Visited May 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Night Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had a great night here. The bus driver was an entertainment in himself ! The Maori village and dinner were excellent as well. One of our best nights ! Don't miss it.

Visited May 2013
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“Kio-ora - an evening sharing the local Maori culture.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Prompt hotel pick up by Darren, our driver, who gave an overview of the night ahead as we drove along. Explaining some of the traditions and how we should show respect when welcomed by the village chief.

Once inside the village we participated in various aspects of village life - the traditional dances, singing and history shown in the long hut was especially interesting - the voices and enthusiasm reinforced the affinity with the land, family and the proud future ahead.

The food prepared and cooked in the Hangi was just right after a chilly night in the village.

Darren dropped us all back to our hotels, a fun trip back - well done!

Well done to all members of the community - an excellent attraction that should not be missed when in Rotorua.

Visited June 2013
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“Special Night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

My son Michael & I from Waikato (NZ) took Austrian visitors to Rotorua - we had a great night here at the village. Our bus driver Kahu was very entertaining - the village at night is exciting with the tall trees - fires outside the "Whares" little houses. Good light hearted lessons on Maori culture - music - stick games & fun & the best Hangi food ever. Don't miss this great entertainment with very enthusiastic warm maori people - you will enjoy it & they pick you up from your hotel.

Visited May 2013
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