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Mitai Maori Village
Mitai Maori Village

Mitai Maori Village

Open every evening except for Christmas Day
196 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua, New Zealand

The basics

Many travelers to New Zealand are interested in learning more about Maori culture, but it’s not always easy to have authentic interactions. At the Mitai Maori Village, visitors can experience various aspects of Maori culture in an entertaining setting. Be prepared to get involved, as you may be invited to dance or paddle a waka (canoe).

Many visitors purchase combo packages, which give them access to a cultural show and a traditional hangi dinner, as well as other select activities like off-road nature tours, a hot spring spa, and a forest bushwalk.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

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A great experience
Marcia_H, Jul 2022
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
An experience I recommend to everyone! Good food, so fun to interact with everyone who was there, and lovely entertainment.
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the food is by far the...
Ionatana_L, Jun 2022
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
the food is by far the highlight of the of the experience. In saying that though, the whole thing was simply amazing and is an experience I am unlikely to ever forget.
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Amazing Experience!
Kimberly_C, Jun 2022
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
Amazing night! Loved the canoe entrance, the storytelling and dancing, the fierce haka, and the food! A great experience!
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A must do!
Hannah_L, May 2022
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
I loved the whole experience and would definitely recommend. Jason who lead the tour was amazing and had a great sense of humour. He was really informative and encouraged questions throughout. Everyone was great though not just him. I came away learning a lot about Maori culture and the food was incredible!!! A must do whilst in Rotorua.
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Amazing learning experience!
Cecilia_E, May 2022
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
The experience was amazing! The entire group was focused on showing us and making us learn about The Maori culture.
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Rotura
Mary_M, Aug 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
What an exciting evening! We got to see our superb supper cooking in the ground, and then enjoy it, watch a Maori Tribe show explaining their culture, walk through the woods and see the glow worms in their natural habitat. What a glorious, enjoyable day.
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Very Full Exciting Day
Mary_M, Aug 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
Can you say exciting?? From the geothermal area and geysers to Maori Tribe show to Kiwis to Redwoods to Government Gardens to black swans? A well worth trip. Everything thing becomes your favorite stop!
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Highlight was question time and of course the food
Dela_E, Mar 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
We had a wonderful time at the Mitai Village experience. It was very friendly and welcoming. Question time was my favorite, it gave everyone a chance to ask what they wanted to know about Maori culture and the MC answered the Questions beautifully. The food was delicious.
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An amazing experience
Lisa_M, Feb 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
My parents, daughter and I recently had dinner at the Mitai Maori Village. Our host was amazing and was able to great everyone in their native language. Additionally the history of the village and culture was enlightening and fascinating. The evening ended with a walk to the sacred pool. It was an amazing evening! thank you
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The warriors
Needham_W, Mar 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
Very welcoming and inclusive. A great introduction to Maori history and culture. The walk through the bush and the recreated village felt completely authentic. The arrival of the warriors by canoe was very exciting. The food was great and there was plenty of it, but was completed western, so would have welcomed the opportunity to at least try something traditional.
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Mitai Magic
Sharon_O, Mar 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
Great show. Very amusing host with good banter. Very informative about Maori culture and awesome Hangi. Recommend this event to anyone visiting NZ.
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The dancing and singing
Colin_W, Mar 2020
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
We both enjoyed the experience. The only criticism was we weren't given any time frame after arriving to have our drinks finished by. Also, the same at the end of the meal before we started the final walk.
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Things to know before you go

  • If you have special dietary requirements, let the village know in advance. A hangi meal typically consists of potatoes, meat, and vegetables.
  • As many activities at the Mitai Maori Village take place in the evening, don’t forget to take a jacket and some insect repellent.
  • Prices vary depending on the activity package, but kids aged 4 and below are free.
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How to get there

Mitai Maori Village is just north of central Rotorua, on State Highway 5 towards Ngongotaha. Many travelers to New Zealand rent their own vehicles, and this is one way of reaching the village. However, if you purchase a package, return transfers from Rotorua hotels are often included.

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When to get there

Most activities at the Mitai Maori Village happen in the evening. They’re timed so you can enjoy a cultural show along with dinner. Activities that are part of combo packages take place at various times. The village is typically open throughout the week, but it's advisable to check the latest opening schedule ahead of visiting.

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Visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

To learn more about traditional Maori arts and crafts, visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, at Te Puia. It started in the 1920s to provide training in traditional wood, stone, and bone carving; plus weaving, moko tattooing, and other arts. Visitors can see these crafts carried out by Maori artisans who are keeping their traditional practices alive for future generations.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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