We love the unique insight this trip gives you into Maori culture. You're fully immersed in the history and wonder of it all, and get to experience it first hand.
Come and meet the People of the Land at Mitai Maori Village. This is one of the most authentic Maori Cultural experience in NZ today! Get ready for an authentic introduction to Maori culture that will leave you amazed and in awe.
Your evening begins with a personalised meet and greet from one of the village's beautiful Maori Maidens. Dressed in the traditional attire, you'll have the chance to take a photograph together before entering the village. Once inside the Mitai Maori Village, you'll learn the traditional guidelines of such a sacred place.
As you enter the world of Mitai, you'll be enthralled by the natural bush setting that surrounds you. Hear stories of the past and history of this significant area. It was once was occupied and contained many villages.
As you explore the village, there's plenty to see. Watch for warriors in traditional dress paddling an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss the chance to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water at the sacred “Fairy Spring”, that's full of eels and trout.
Later, be captivated by songs, dances and games in a powerful cultural concert. You'll also get to witness the spine-tingling “Haka” Maori war dance. Through the songs, dances and legends told, you'll learn a great deal about this village's fascinating past. Hear stories about the way the Maori interacted with the European settlers many generations ago and learn about traditional music, carving and the use of plants. There's also fascinating displays of weaponry and combat shown during the performance.
You'll also get to view the uplifting of the hangi from the earth cooked oven (Hangi Pit). Learn about the preparation and contents of the traditional hangi. You get to try this cultural feast too! Dine on a hot selection of succulent New Zealand meats and poultry, delicious vegetables and fresh salads, topped off with tempting dessert buffet style. Full bar facilities are also available.
There's plenty of time for traditional activities too, and you can learn the art of Ta Moko (tattoo) and Poi dance (Ball on the end of a string). You'll also learn about Maori customs, instruments, carving, and the medicinal uses of the flora and fauna around you.
Please note: you need to be ready for your pickup at the reception or the front entrance 45 minutes before the show time detailed below. Please note as we have a number of properties to collect customers from your exact pickup time may vary.
5.30 pm show time - Courtesy return transport from local accommodation providers within Rotorua between 4.45-5.10pm.
6.30 pm show time - Courtesy return transport from local accommodation providers within Rotorua between 5.45-6.10pm.
If you are travelling using your own car, please arrive 10 minutes before start time.