We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

  • 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
Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua
From US$83.04
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Summer 6:30pm PerformanceMost Popular
Summer 6:30pm Evening Performance and Meal.
From US$83.04
Winter 5:30pm Performance
Winter 5:30pm Evening Performance and Meal
From US$83.04
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 (103)
1 - 5 of 74 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Mitai Maori Village dinner and historic background

It was a great atmosphere to be included in. It was great to be able to learn about the ways which the land used to run prior to European settlement. All members of staff were lovely and extremely helpful

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Casey M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Take in Maori Culture

We opted to do the full Mitai Maori Village experience. This included a pre Hangi cultural performance and then afterwards, a walk around the display Maori village and Glowworm grotto. I felt the Mitai experience was alright but wasn't quite up to the standard of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Graham J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and our 1 year old attended the night experience! We had such a great time! I couldn’t fault this place. The tour and traditional songs were fantastic. So much so it had our 1 year old dancing along. The food was also out...More

Thank itskats
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
An interesting gathering of many nations under one roof - well done!

The presentation of Mitai Maori's Village and cultural display was well presented along with some light hearted humour. The hangi was well organised and very delicious. It did feel like there was not a lot of time to thoroughly enjoy the meal, but time passes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Karen O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Tripper1310
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
11 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
9 May 2018|
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