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Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū

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Rotorua, New Zealand
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū
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Overview

While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast at Te Pā Tū featuring the lesser known delicacies of the culture. A local guide escorts you by coach to the ‘marae’ (Maori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's indigenous people. Learn about local customs and watch a powerful display of song and dance before a hangi dinner.
  • Hangi dinner and traditional Maori
  • Experience Maori customs and traditions
  • Welcome ceremony and haka song and dance
  • Traditional hangi feast
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Māori Cultural Performance
Māori fusion feast
Air-conditioned vehicle
Return transport from central Meeting Point
Traditional welcome ceremony
Gratuities
Alcoholic Beverages
1220 Hinemaru Street , 1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Meet at 5.20PM - Te Pā Tū Gathering Place (1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua) Limited pickups from main Rotorua hotels - Contact our office to arrange. 1. Aura Motel 2. Distinction Hotel 3. Ibis Hotel 4. Holiday Inn 5. Millennium Hotel 6. Novotel 7. Princes Gate 8. Pullman Hotel 9. Regent Hotel

6:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Hear an eerie cry of welcome before you enter Te Pā Tū, and experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony) by a proud descendent of New Zealand’s ancient warriors. Pass crackling open fires and traditional whare (houses), and listen to classic instruments as you observe a re-enactment of daily activities and traditional arts and crafts. 

In the wharenui (meeting house), see haka song and dance in a powerful performance by a Rangiatea cultural group. When it’s time for the hangi feast, dig into slow-cooked meat and vegetables roasted in underground earthen ovens. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Te Pa Tu
New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Attraction, Tamaki Māori Village presents TE PĀ TŪ Feast on song, drama, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within our forest Pā (village) –blanketed by towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre. Te Pā Tū shares Māori history, traditions, and cultural aspirations across 4-hours of celebration and feasting. These events change with each season of the maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar. Summer: Tū Te Rā - Across this lunar phase, the sun expresses optimal energy, the days are longer, and light nourishes the natural world. Tū Te Rā celebrates abundant harvest and explores concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Māori warfare and peace. Winter: Tū Te Ihi includes the time in the earth’s cycle when Matariki stars are high and bright in winter skies. Te Ihi references the energy and passion stirred by the Matariki cluster and the promise they herald.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Camera and Video usage is permitted throughout the entire evening experience.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Te Pā Tū (Previously Tamaki Maori Village)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū .
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What is the social distancing policy during Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "This is the best of the best in the this area." See review
  • "It was ok, probably, not really necessary except to space out the diners." See review
  • "A wonderful way to get in touch with the Mahori culture." See review

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star-5
An awesome experience
LVARO_P
, Aug 2022
It was a wonderful time. The family that runs it made us feel as -they said- their extended family. It was an amazing time!!!
star-5
Hangi Dinner
Michael_F
, Mar 2020
Good overall show and dinner...was pretty late on the return ( 10PM ) but bus driver sang to us for fun!
star-4
Exploring the early days of Maori life.
THOMAS_P
, Mar 2020
Our tour started out with a video in an "offsight" building. It was ok, probably, not really necessary except to space out the diners. Our bus driver to and from the actual dinner sight was HILARIOUS. He can get a job as a stand-up comic. Once we got to the beautiful land where the dinner was going to be held, we were treated to experiencing daily life in the early days of the Maori. It was fun and enlightening. The dancing was also very good. The dinner was good, though, not exceptional. It was a bit unclear as to when to leave, as no direction was given until pretty much everyone left the dining hall.
star-5
Absolute must
Shona_D
, Mar 2020
Could not have been better. Have a mobility issue and was well cared for. The attendant, Aidan, was always ahead of me placing chair when needed. Very attentive. The bus driver, Mark, was hilarious and really livened up our experience. Can not recommend it highly enough!
star-5
Excellent
Daniel_H
, Mar 2020
Everything was excellent. From the bus ride to the show & food. This really was a great day. Undersold it's self.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun evening
Shanaaz_B
, Mar 2020
A great experience filled with lots of information and interaction. An evening I’d definitely repeat.
star-5
Going through the village
Peter_E
, Mar 2020
This is an awesome tour that covers some of the Maori culture giving a good insight. The hangi diner was excellent and the performance was outstanding.
star-4
Great experience all around.
Lyndsey
, Mar 2020
We had a great time! We learned a lot about the Maori culture and treasure the knowledge we gained here. Food was good too! Songs were beautiful!
star-5
Do this
Sarah_R
, Mar 2020
An excellent experience with the music performances and the meal being the highlights. Extremely well organised - 3hrs of fabulous entertainment and we learnt loads about the culture, traditions and stories of these lovely people. Thanks for a great evening. Kia Ora
star-4
Maori hangi
Diane_R
, Mar 2020
A little disappointed that it wasn’t proper hangi. Should advertise as “hangi style”. Staff excellent
star-4
Experience
Joan_F
, Feb 2020
The tour and dinner were excellent and very entertaining. When I booked it did not ask where we were staying so did not get picked up at are motel, also although are driver Wallace tried hard to entertain us he kept repeating himself, I think he needs to retire.
star-1
Highly Commercialized Experience
Meghan_A
, Feb 2020
Overall this experience went from bad to worse. Our night could not end soon enough. This experience is overly commercialized. Look elsewhere for an authentic experience. To begin, the chief of each group was chosen randomly from each bus. The guy chosen from our bus completely lacked engagement and willingness. He was always roaming off and was aloof. Women aren’t allowed to be chosen as the chief which I understand is cultural but the chief and his partner are treated as vip’s. They definitely get offered the best experience and like I said, the experience was wasted on our chosen chief but the whole group’s experience suffered because of his lack of participation. The worst part of the experience was one of the female hosts who was rude. Although I never directly interacted with her, she was always scolding the guests or standing in the middle of the show blocking photos. I was unable to get 1 good photo from the opening ceremony due to where she positioned herself. The rest of the time we were hurdled along like sheep from one place to another. The older people are given preferential treatment from opening ceremony, the village, performance and dinner. The food is buffet style and as is typical in that dinner format, people were pretty aggressive and disgusting (grabbing food with fingers, eating off plates in line, etc.) The dinner has a very camp vibe. The room lacks any decor, one of the male Māori performers changed from his cultural garb to sweats, a hoodie, and hat to “serenade” us on his guitar during dinner. During the main performance the one girl constantly mocked herself and the lack of quality in her performance (laughing at herself when she dropped a stick or messed up at poi, rolling her eyes, and making people take notice to her voice cracking while singing.) She completely broke the suspension of disbelief. Perhaps our experience was completely different than others, or our standard is too high, but I definitely did not get the 5 star experience others received.
star-5
Amazazing!!!
Chris_C
, Feb 2020
Very talented young people. The songs were great and performed well. The Hangi feast was very tasty and feast is a great description. We felt full and well taken care of. Our guide, Wallace, was entertaining on the trip. I know it is a business but it felt like a living museum and I appreciate the efforts by all involved.
star-5
Cultural Delight
Susan_V
, Feb 2020
A must do when in the area. Fun, professional, and educational all at same time. Food was great and people were so friendly.
star-5
Best night out in new zealand
Brian_D
, Feb 2020
Excellent evening from start to finish. All performances were brilliant. Learnt a lot, we really admire the Maori people and there culture. The dinner itself was excellent well done. Must say our driver was a real character, and I will never think of the "wheels on the bus" in the same way again.
star-5
Amazing
JuanLuis_M
, Feb 2020
A wonderful way to get in touch with the Mahori culture. Welcoming and nice people. Absolutely a must if you are in the area!
star-5
Fun, educational and touching
Kevin_S
, Feb 2020
This was fun, educational and a moving experience that touched my heart unexpectedly. This is the best of the best in the this area.
star-5
Hangi Dinner Tamaki
yvonnegbaillie
, Feb 2020
Not to be missed experience Most entertaining and educational show. Dinner excellent. Food choices great. Well organised. Bus driver at end of evening very entertaining Everyone very welcoming.
star-5
Favorite Part of our Trip
ajmumaugh
, Feb 2020
Absolutely amazing!! We loved everything about this experience, especially learning all about the culture. This is a must do while in Rotorua! We would definitely do this again.
star-5
Quite an experience
ncsymons
, Feb 2020
Very interesting and fun. Great food, plenty of audience participation. Learnt alot about the Maori people.

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