I went with some friends from Canada who were here and had suggested the evening at Tamaki Maori Village based on its reputation rather than from past experience. I am pleased to report that the evening was thoroughly deserving of its great reputation and far and away one of the best slices of pre-European Maori life I've ever seen. Being outside really lends to the authenticity of the experience and even though we were there in mid winter the organisers have thought about this and each area you visit is warmed by a fire. Do take on board their advice though and dress warmly with sensible shoes. From the traditional Maori welcome to the displays on their original way of life, from the concert to the meal, the whole evening was very enjoyable and laced with humour. The bus ride to and from Rotorua could have been interminable but our bus driver brilliantly engaged a busload of complete strangers which really added to the evening. A far superior experience to the sanitised hangis offered by a number of the major hotels and well worth going.
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