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“A fun, educational night out”

Tamaki Maori Village
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Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance
Ranked #3 of 112 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!
Dublin, Ireland
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“A fun, educational night out”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I think you have to be booked in in advance. The bus comes and picks you up from your accommodation and your driver will tell you some history (and some corny and cheesy jokes) as you drive around picking some other folk up. He'll stop off at a ticket office, where you pay. Here is where we told them we had a vegetarian in the group and they took a special order for our veggie.

You then head out to the Tamaki village. It starts with the tribe coming to welcome you to their village. As you'll be told, this may look funny to outsiders, but make sure not to laugh or giggle as the Maori are very proud of this heritage.

You are then herded into the woodland to learn about different aspects of Maori life at different huts and you can take part in some of the activities, including the Haka. If it's winter, dress warmly, this part is all outdoors.

The next part of the evening is spent in the meeting house where you are treated to Maori songs, dances and stories while the haangi food is taken from the ground and prepared.

The dinner itself was ok. Unfortunately our vegetarian's dish never arrived, but as there were lots of veggies at the meal (and she eats fish...so, more of a pescatarian), we didn't complain. The buffet consisted of lamb, chicken, kumara, carrots, stuffing, salads, bread, fish, mussels. You were invited to have a second or even third helping, but it's not left out for too long, so if you plan on this, go quickly, or else stock your plate really high!!

Dessert is pavlova (I thought before going, everywhere would have pavlova on their menu, but this was not to be! Perhaps the kiwis are tired of it?) and steamed pudding. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are all available and there is a bar open (although not an open bar!).

After a quick song after dinner, you head back on your bus where our driver encouraged each nationality there to sing a song from their own country which was a bit of fun at the end of the night!

It's a bit cheesy, but we enjoyed learning about the culture and having some fun doing it. Shame the veggie dish was missing, but as I said, the pesci didn't go hungry.

Handy hint: Grab a Jasons.co.nz brochure from an iSite before you head out for each member of your party and receive $10 off the experience.

Visited July 2013
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“Great tour and insight into the Maori culture - value for money!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was well worth it! I didn't know much about the Maori culture before, and so this was a great eye-opener. Definitely value for money!

They pick you up from the hotel, so it was very convenient. The bus driver is also your guide for the night, and ours was soooo friendly and funny! Sorry I can't remember her name, but she was so warming that I just wanted to give her a big hug! :-)

The whole thing was good value for money, and the tour seems very genuine! The food was amazing!!!! It was a buffet and you can eat as much as you want! All the food was freshly made. Highlight foods were freshly 'roasted' lamb, chicken, sweet potatoes, Maori-style! So fresh and healthy. And not to mention the dessert!

Would definitely recommend this tour to anybody visiting Rotorua. In fact, I'd go again just to have the food! YUM!!!

Kia ora!

Visited July 2013
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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“Cultural experience”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was recommend to us by so many Kiwis that we couldn't not do it! The whole experience was excellent from the bus driver, Darren, who collected us, to the staff and entertainment and especially the meal. it was great to see Kiwis enjoying and learning about their own culture, and also good to see all the overseas visitors enjoying it too. Great value for money, the meal was excellent.

Visited July 2013
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“Must see Kiwi attraction”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Do not go to NZ and miss the Tamaki Brothers Maori Village it is fantastic. Friendly hosts. Very educational and entertaining. Wonderful Maori sense of humour will keep you laughing all night.

Visited July 2013
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“Highlight of our NZ holiday”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

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!

Visited August 2012
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