- Tamaki Maori Village is the the best rated tourist attraction in New Zealand.
Expect ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performances, stories and a traditional Hangi banquet. Spending an evening at the Tamaki Maori Village is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The adventurous journey starts with your guide driving you to the village, located in the Tawa forest. On the way, you will be told stories taking you back to pre-European times of New Zealand. Next, you will be introduced to the ceremonial protocol and some Maori legends. You receive information about facts depicting Maori history and get prepared for what there is still to come.
After a traditional welcoming ceremony, you may expect to see stunning singing and dance performances, Maori art and traditional rituals while walking around. All complemented by a 3-course-meal (Hangi) which you take together with your hosts. You may even assist during the cooking procedure. The evening ends with a closing ceremony before you are taken back to your accommodation.
In a nutshell, the Tamaki Maori Village is a place that is bound to be a unique, interactive and cultural experience of a very special kind that you won't forget too quickly.
How to get there
You find the Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua Bookings & Information Office located at 1220 Hinemaru Street, right in the heart of Rotorua on New Zealand North Island.
The Tamaki Maori Village is situated close to Highway 5, Tumunui, about 15 minutes south of Rotorua and only 7 km (4.4 mi) away from Rotorua Airport.
All holders of a valid ticket are picked up at their accommodation in Rotorua and taken to the village which lies in a remote location in the forest.