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Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua provided by Mitai Maori Village

Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

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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.
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
Duration
3h
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
  • Most travellers 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Linda D wrote a review 27 Mar
Concord, New Hampshire166 contributions32 helpful votes
The good: if you have never done a Polynesian-culture-type thing, this is pretty good for appreciating some of the Maori culture highlights. The canoe procession, and the explanation of tools and instruments used, were both good. Being picked up from your hotel (to and from) is
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Susan_Ed2013 wrote a review 24 Mar
Houston, Texas44 contributions10 helpful votes
My husband and I felt that it was important to learn more about the Maoris while in New Zealand,. The performance was excellent, and the meal was also great. Everything was handled well. I did not give it a 5 for 2 reasons: 1. the announcer was a bit long winded 2. the walk to
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ier wrote a review 7 Mar
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The overall experience was very good: 4.5 stars for the entertainment and 3.5 stars for the food. If you can set aside your preconceptions of authenticity, there is a lot to enjoy and learn. The dancing and singing were awesome, especially the haka and poi dances. The tour
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from GeneralM358, Marketing Assistant at Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua
Responded 3 weeks ago
KIa Ora ier_rd2nowhere Thank you for sharing your time with us at Mitai Maori Village. We thrive on giving our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to take a glimpse into our unique indigenous Maori culture through the sharing of our kai (food), cultural performance, sacred landscape and history. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience with us and will ensure to pass on your feedback to our team. Nga Mihi Nui Te Mitai Whanau (Mitai Family)
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Jenni R wrote a review 6 Mar
Garboldisham, United Kingdom36 contributions10 helpful votes
We prebooked before we left for New Zealand on recommendation from a friend and I am so glad we did. It is one experience I wouldnt have wanted to miss. Our host was entertaining and knowledgeable and did a great job of keeping the whole thing moving. The show was full of energy
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Response from GeneralM358, Marketing Assistant at Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora 22jennir, Thank you for sharing your time with us at Mitai Maori Village. We thrive on giving our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to take a glimpse into our unique indigenous Maori culture through the sharing of our kai (food), cultural performance, sacred landscape and history. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience with us and will ensure to pass on your feedback to our team. Nga Mihi Nui Te Mitai Whanau (Mitai Family)
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Sonja W wrote a review 4 Mar
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Not oneCent worth Tripadvisor/viator told us the wrong pickup time. We had to take a Taxi by ourself and so we were 1 1/2 hour to late. We expect a retransfere of the prepaid money Terrible evening . Will never book your Company again
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from GeneralM358, Marketing Assistant at Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora 57sonjaw, Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we are very sorry for your experience. Without knowing more details like what night this was, we will try to look in to this further and make sure our processes are more organised and continue to keep the high standard that we strive to deliver every night at Mitai. Nga Mihi Nui Te Mitai Whanau (Mitai Family)
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tomgc57
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Great night out
Had a wonderful night at the Mitai Maori Village. Great singing and dancing, yummy hangi feast and a very entertain
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EddyYung
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Mitai Cultural Vllage
It was a great evening. The food was good, the performance was interesting, the singing was interesting (had some g
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StephyAndJF
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Amazing performance!
AMAZING!! It was a brilliant performance and the guide was very knowledgeable and funny! The performers were on spo
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Paul B
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Very enjoyable
These cultural re-enactments can be a bit twee however this is very well done. An enjoyable varied evening with ple
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Paul B
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Very enjoyable
These cultural re-enactments can be a bit twee however this is very well done. An enjoyable varied evening with ple
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christinemQ3245FW
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Hangi Feast and Cultural Performance
Fantastic family night out! We were picked up from the caravan park and driven to the village. The host was very fu
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vanisle_al
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Great show
We saw 3 maori performances while in New Zealand and this one was by far the best. It was longer so of course they
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MSul13
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Enjoyed this experience
Although I read and had heard these activities are very “touristy”.... I AM a tourist!!! I really enjoyed the eveni
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Sus1952
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Best cultural performance I have experienced in 40 years in NZ
I thought that this cultural experience had a real marae feel. i have lived in NZ for 40 years and been to many mar
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ChulWang
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Excellent
An very educational culture tour to learn about Maori culture and we loved their dinner buffet, it was awesome
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SueJ1676
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Sue
Excellent. The whole experience was very good. The food wonderful. The host was very good, funny and amazed us all
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Ukrover001
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Great night of entertainment
Complementary pick at hotel @1745 for show at 1830.tour ommences with guided walk around the Orestes and village on
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mettelethbjerre
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Great experience!
We booked a full experience with cultural performance, hangi and glowworms. We were picked up at our hotel, which w
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maxnwendy
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Enjoyable night out
We enjoyed our night from the moment we were picked up from our accommodation The Warriors in their canoes, the t
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sailon888
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Fairly 'touristy' experience
This experience was OK for what it is. Large groups of tourists given a buffet dinner and a stage show highlightin
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  • Mitai Maori Village
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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