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“An Informative and Entertaining evening”

Tamaki Maori Village
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Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance
Ranked #2 of 116 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!
Reviewed March 15, 2014

The evening began with an introduction to who the Maoris are...we were then divided into groups that split up and went into different and interesting activities/experiences of life in a Maori village. We would go from one activity to the next...it was well organized, interesting, informative and fun. After these experiences, we went into a theater where we were presented with dance and music...it was capped off with a Maori ritual called a Haka. What an experience. Then we went into the dinning hall where we ate dinner....excellent food.

Thank Shelly S
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had a great nite with the maori tribe at their village.Very friendy villagers who couldnt wait to tell you all about their traditions and their culture. My brother was made chief of our coach which made our evening even more special. Would thoroughly recommend this evening.

Thank Karen5-562
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Tamaki Village experience is a must see / do attraction. The set up is that us, the tourists, are really visitors to and then guests at a real Maori village. Obviously, this cannot be quite the case but by giving in to this fiction visitors enjoy a friendly, fun and instructive evening.

I usually shun group tourist events such as these but recommend it wholeheartedly to others as an effective way to gain some understanding of life in a Maori village. The food's not too bad either.

Thank Ian W
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

The event was very well organised and the transport arrangements were excellent. The food was decent for the type of evening and numbers involved and there was certainly plenty to go around. The stage entertainment was good to and all the performers were very pleasant but we felt that they missed a great opportunity to tell the whole story behind their culture, background and history. We would have preferred less showmanship and more education.

Thank MagellansTours
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

- Food was decent, buffet type similar to Hawaiian luau.
- Little demonstrations (fun, carvings, dance, etc.) of the Maori culture were nice.
- Their dances were great.

- Overall a good experience; however, felt a little "scripted" and "commercial" for me. I don't remember learning much before and after the visit. The Maori performers are true Maori native people, and they are not as scary as they look (the face painting and tongue action). However, I don't remember any special or memorable aspect from this experience. Perhaps a little too touristy for me...

Thank cheap_flashpacker
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