One of the absolute stand out highlights of our time in Rotorua was visiting Tamaki Maori Village.
The experience was amazing and one we wont forget in a hurry.
We were collected from our accommodation before being driven out of town to the Maori Village (takes approx 15 minutes.) Once on the bus, Hare our driver began to teach us several Maori words and to talk us through what to expect on arrival. On arrival at the village the tribe send out their warriors to challenge the visitors (us eeek!) to see if we are friend or foe. This is super impressive, (think the haka up super close).
Once the tribe have decided we’re peaceful visitors we are welcomed into the village by the chief.
Inside we are lead to several houses of the village, each illustrating a different aspect of tribal life. At one house the men in our group are taught the haka, at another the tribes’ tattoos are explained and at another women demonstrate the poi and several games traditionally played by the Maori people. The history of their ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand is recounted.
The performance was amazing! If I were an ememy I’d have run a mile when faced with that haka. There are also dances with poi and even a love song performed. My son LOVED it. He kept saying ‘this is awesome’ ‘this is awesome’ over and over again.
On the ride home Hare our bus driver sings songs to entertain us all.
This was a most magical night. My son wanted to go again the next night. I cannot recommend this experience enough. I am so grateful to Tamaki Maori Village for hosting our visit. We love love loved it!!