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Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

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Overview
Mitai Maori Village offers you an authentic cultural evening incorporating a traditional earth cooked Hangi feast. Witness warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry, Haka, coupled with the grace of the poi dance. Learn about carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Marvel at the sacred Fairy Spring flowing directly from earth, view our glow worms in their natural habitat. This experience is powerful, truly captivating and memorable.
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
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at Rotorua hotels
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pickup from your Rotorua hotel
Duration
3h
Return Details
Drop-off to your Rotorua hotel
Inclusions
  • 3 hour nightly cultural experience
  • Hangi served from a buffet alongside other side dishes and dessert
  • Participate in a short guided bush walk to learn of the flora and fauna
  • Courtesy transport from all registered local accommodation providers within Rotorua
  • Entry/Admission - Mitai Maori Village
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own care person
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - warm comfortable clothing and walking footwear
  • Need to advise the selected registered accommodation provider within Rotorua for courtesy transport
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Host was funny and welcoming. Gave some insight into Māori history and culture plus history of this family business. Impressive knowledge of a few words in various languages to put patrons at ease/feel welcome at start of night. Natural spring (reason village founded) was
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Food was very good, driver who picked us up was very friendly, cultural presentation very good but it got way too political in the after dinner talk which made everyone uncomfortable. It would have been more highly rated without venturing into Maori vs Crown political history.
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As a Polynesian performer, its often difficult to share our culture with tourists without that nagging feeling of cultural exploitation as producers tend to prefer entertainment over authenticity. I felt that the Mitai experience accomplished a good balance of entertainment and
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Wonderful night, from the moment the traditionally dressed host picked me up from the hotel, to the hilarious MC, to the beautiful performances all the way through to the delicious hungi dinner. The night was just great!! Highly recommended.
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Well worth a visit, show was good, but could do with getting more people from audience involved, lacked a bit of atmosphere but over all was good. Food was ok.
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By: Mitai Maori Village
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LaraH708
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
20
Good evening out
Host was funny and welcoming. Gave some insight into Māori history and culture plus history of this family
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bellfamily
Auckland Central, New Zealand
8256
Great experience too much politics!
Food was very good, driver who picked us up was very friendly, cultural presentation very good but it got way too
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kevinhU5203FW
Adelaide, Australia
5923
Entertaining and Educational
Good night with introduction to customs, daily work & skills. Also the meanings of the tattoos and dance. Followed
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mandmvierra
Kailua, Hawaii
121
Great Experience
As a Polynesian performer, its often difficult to share our culture with tourists without that nagging feeling of
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Rashelblaz
Perth
35
Great Night!!
Wonderful night, from the moment the traditionally dressed host picked me up from the hotel, to the hilarious MC,
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WRashed
Cairo, Egypt
14644
Informative and entertaining evening
Spent the evening learning about Maori culture in a very lively way. There are many activities in this tour. A
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Karl L
Wicklow, Ireland
10914
Maori Introduction
I am always intrigued by local cultures and this one did not disappoint. Very humorous introduction and MC’ing by
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129maryr
Kildare, Ireland
86
Mary
Well worth a visit, show was good, but could do with getting more people from audience involved, lacked a bit of
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985iant
31
Most enjoyable
Made to feel welcome when we arrived. The walk pre show was enjoyable. Shown where and how the food was cooked was
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625aliceo
30
Amazing!
A must do during your stay in New Zealand! My friend and I had such a great time discovering about the Maori
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vijaym21777
20
Liked the Maori cultural performance
We liked the cultural performance and the tour of the village. Food was apparently cooked in traditional way but
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Debbie P
Wirral, UK
2011
Very enjoyable evening
Tour guide Grace was fab, even though her baby is due any day 😉 (hope all goes well Grace). The tour was
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CharlieG1959
Melbourne, Australia
50
Great experience, highly recommend.
We booked he evening session and was entertained from the begging until the end. It is a must do to experience and
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Tracey M
Greater Melbourne, Australia
274
Excellent evening of entertainment & food
The Mitai cultural evening is excellent; a great introduction to the history of Maori culture in the Rotorua
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Carole G
Birmingham
89107
Exquisite
This was our favourite evening during our 7 week visit in New Zealand. It was educational, spiritual, captivating
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Key Details
  • Mitai Maori Village
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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