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.

Tamaki Maori Village

Once everyone has toured all the houses of the village, the chief invites guests to come and see the Hangi being removed from the ground. Hangi is a traditional form of cooking where meat and vegetables are cooked on hot rocks under ground. It was great to see how dinner had been cooked.

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.

The food is scrumptious. There is lamb, chicken, fish and a range of vegetables all roasted in the ground. There is also salad and a vegetarian option can be pre booked. After dinner the little guy was this excited to discover there was pavlova for dessert.

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!!


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