Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine At Te Pā Tū - Rotorua

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    06:00 PM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Feast on song, drama, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within our forest P (village) blanketed by towering Tawa trees, its blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre.

Te P T offers 4-hour evening events that change with each season of the maramataka, the Mori lunar calendar.

Across summer, T Te R celebrates an abundant harvest, and we explore concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Mori warfare and peace.

Throughout winter, T Te Ihi marks promise heralded by the arrival of the Matariki star cluster which high and bright in winter skies, signalling the new lunar year we share the energy and passion of this celebration.

Cultural knowledge unique to each season is shared from the outset rituals, songs, stories and continue across the night. From the beginning too, we share local, seasonal kai - plentiful and delicious. Kai horotai (indigenous canapes) is followed by a torch lit walk to a lavish 3-course fusion feast.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Dinner included

Know More about this tour

Your journey through time unfolds when your coach travels to a pre-European village set deep within the forest, 15 minutes from Rotorua. Let this 3.5-hour tour and your imagination take over as your guide instructs you on the protocol for visiting the marae. A chief is selected, a song is learnt and the eerie cry of the welcome is heard before you enter the world of the proud warriors of the ancient Maori.

You will experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony) before you enter the village, with crackling open fires in front of traditional whare (houses). You'll hear traditional Maori instruments and watch the daily activities of days gone by. In the wharenui (meeting house), a Rangiatea culture group offers a powerful display of haka song and dance. Then, as new friendships are forged, dine on a traditional hangi feast, where the food is cooked slowly beneath the ground in earth ovens.

This is an amazing re-enactment based on actual events from history, with real characters, traditional arts and crafts, powerful song and dance while enjoying an authentic Hangi feast.

Inclusions

Mori Cultural Performance

Mori fusion feast

Air-conditioned vehicle

Return transport from central Meeting Point

Traditional welcome ceremony

Entry/Admission - Te Pa Tu

Exclusions

Gratuities

Alcoholic Beverages

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Camera and Video usage is permitted throughout the entire evening experience.

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Our team may choose not to have physical contact with our visitors while on tour, this includes shaking hands, and any handling of visitors personal belongings (e.g cameras, phones) during tours. We will continue to review these practices and take advice from the New Zealand Government and industry

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Nov-2022

    Amazing evening. From the traditional welcome the family made you feel welcome. It was a shame it rained as I would have loved to have spent more time outside. But the rain was torrential. We moved inside the meeting house. We came away educated and entertained by the family. I now understand some of the hackable moves and reasons behind them. Then we moved into the dinning room. Wow what an experience. Eating Māori traditionally cooked vegetables and meat lon spode China with silver cutlery.. They were very good with all dietary requirements. The evening was finished with song.

  • 11-Nov-2022

    Clearly they are passionate about sharing their story and culture. Everyone was so engaged, and it was a surprisingly “professional” performance, in that the singing and stage presence were remarkable.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    It was informative interesting, fun,good food and great staff A good start to learn about Māori culture I highly recommend it

  • 29-Oct-2022

    Definitely had an amazing time. The entertainers were great and interacted with the audience awesomely. The best part was our bus driver!

  • 29-Oct-2022

    Very immersive and participatory. Wonderful history of this tribe, and loved the energy. Beautiful dances, music, and excellent food. One of our favorite excursions and highly recommend.

  • 25-Oct-2022

    AMAZING. Exceeded all my expectations and I have very high standards. Just wow. After attending this evening I actually appreciate coming to New Zealand. Experience began at the meeting place. We were welcomed by a very friendly and beautiful lady. The bus driver was GOLD!! He was friendly talkative and interacted with each and every one of us on the bus. He explained to us what we were installed for. From the minute we stepped off the bus we were welcomed and it was a cultural explosion there after. Love loved loving!! From the singing to the dancing to the interaction and the food, alcohol well one can’t complain. Seriously don’t think twice only experience will give you the full satisfaction and cultural explosion. This is a MUST!

  • 24-Oct-2022

    Such a fun evening. Started with a very entertaining bus driver, telling humorous stories about the culture of his people, The Maori. Then some fun and games with the villagers to learn more about the Maori, and the family that hosted us. Then a really fun set of songs and dances, and also an audience participation dance. Then a very nice five course dinner and dessert. We loved it. The bus driver was also part of the family and helped in the restaurant, sang songs for us, told jokes, and kept us entertained all the way home. My wife and I loved it, and would definitely go again. I highly recommend this to everyone who visits Rotorua.

  • 16-Oct-2022

    What a memorable night, from the time we were picked up and on arrival at the village we were warmly welcomed by the Maori family. The activities were well organised by the family, with canapes to get a taste of their unique cuisine and the highlight was the cultural performance. After that, we were treated to a fine dining dinner of seasonal vegetables and meat cooked the Maori way. The night ended with the family giving a rendition of melodies from various countries which was entertaining, to say the least. What an amazing night totally enjoyed it and was worth every penny.

  • 05-Oct-2022

    Absolutely amazing experience. Our guides were amazing, the learnings & performances were incredible and the food was nothing short of amazing. Highly recommend.

  • 02-Oct-2022

    Genuinely kind and talented family sharing their customs and culture with us. They were well prepared for the rainy weather (offering umbrellas and shelter whenever possible). I thought we would see the food being cooked in traditional ways - instead we were served plates in a dining hall that felt “fancy” but not connected to their culture at all (more like a generic banquet hall type set up). We dined with the other tourists - none of the Māori family members - so we wish that we could have shared the meal with them instead.

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