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Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

Highlights
  • Intro to Maori culture and traditions, including tattoos and native plants
  • See a haka (war dance), waka (war canoe), sacred spring, and glowworms
  • Dine on a traditional hangi meal (included) with drinks for purchase
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Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua
From US$82.22
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Summer 6:30pm PerformanceMost Popular
Summer 6:30pm Evening Performance and Meal.
From US$82.22
Winter 5:30pm Performance
Winter 5:30pm Evening Performance and Meal
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Overview
Experience Maori traditions at a Mitai Maori Village dinner show, a great introduction to an ancient culture. See Maori warriors paddling an war canoe; watch a powerful haka, or Maori war dance; and share a hangi feast that’s cooked in an underground oven. With a mix of song, dance, cuisine, and games, this evening at Mitai Maori Village is an invitation to discover firsthand the Maori culture of New Zealand.
What to Expect
Get picked up at your Rotorua hotel and transfer to Mitai Maori Village. Maori women in traditional attire greet you upon arrival, after which you learn the etiquette of visiting a Maori village and choose a chief to represent your group.

Next, watch as warriors in traditional dress paddle the Wai-o-whiro stream in a waka, or war canoe, and see Rotorua’s native glowworms in their natural habitat. Visit the sacred Fairy Spring to spot eels and trout in the clear water, then listen to the pounding rhythm of a haka, the traditional Maori war dance. 

Witness the preparation of a hangi meal that’s cooked in an earthen oven before sitting down to a feast of New Zealand meats, vegetables, salads, and a dessert buffet, with drinks available for purchase. Following this evening of Maori culture and cuisine, this traditional experience concludes with return transfer to your Rotorua hotel.
Reviews (99)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Entertaining

This was entertaining but I wouldn't say it's educational. The guides were funny and the show was just that, a show. The dinner was very good and all you can eat. I wouldn't count on this as your glow worm experience though. Glad I went...More

Thank Tripper1310
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Lacks authenticity but fun

Never expect much of these tribal presentations - almost always fake This activity was sufficiently light hearted. There was an element of real Maori coupled with recognition that this was fun first Don’t expect museum style learning but I left with a smile

Thank Odyssey658583
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Best experience I had in New Zealand

My friend and I had the pleasure of attending the Maori village experience last night and I have to say this was by far the best thing we have done in the last week of being in New Zealand! The cultural experience was absolutely amazing!!...More

Thank Amy G
Reviewed 9 October 2018
An average night...

My husband and I did this tour on September 25th ... its a late review but we have only just returned from our holiday. We were picked up on time from our B n B accommodation with no issues and at our table at the...More

4  Thank gadisdesa
Reviewed 4 October 2018
Wonderful experience to learn more about Maori culture

Going to this wonderful cultural show and dinner was a valuable experience to learn more about the Maori culture: The show was fabulous, and the dancing and singing was an excellent quality. There were a lot of people attending but they were able to give...More

Thank Jeannie D
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Clay41
11 September 2018|
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Response from juliebarrett1964 | Reviewed this property |
Perhaps beauty by night, we booked it at the tourist office as dinner was the earliest here of all the shows, they did a river boat display, dance and singing show, dinner, then we had a tour of the forest with glowing water... More
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hummernator
8 May 2018|
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Response from 58natym | Reviewed this property |
I loved NZ!!! I can’t give you advise on war museum as I always try to avoid them... There is more things in Auckland to see such as the Tower or take ferry to Waiheke Island. There you can take a wine tour or use the... More
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