I spent just over a week in NZ in May last year, with my mum and 18yr old brother, and this was definitely an experience we all enjoyed and recommend. We arrived in Rotorua later than planned and I had resigned myself to the fact that we may have to miss out (as we only had one night in Rotorua) but after a quick phone call by our hotel it turned out a bus was still in the area and could pick us up in 5 mins--which it did! The whole experience overall was fun, informative, and food was delicious.
When walking through the area and learning about certain aspects of Maori culture you may realize that, yes, some of it is scripted but considering that this is probably a onetime only experience for many people it seems they do their best to give everyone at least an equally enjoyable time so no one misses out. We talked casually to a few of them and they were all happy to chat a bit further and answer your questions, and seemed down-to-earth. Offhand we also mentioned to one woman that it was my mum's birthday that day, and evidently it was passed on since later that night one of the performances was dedicated to my mum--so that was a really nice touch!
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