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Maori Culture

Haere mai (welcome) to New Zealand’s cultural capital

 

Rotorua is the best place in New Zealand to experience the traditional customs, practices and beliefs of our indigenous Māori people.
 
Awe-inspiring and authentic, Māori cultural tours and performances provide a special view into the historic lifestyle, traditions, mythology, art and more of Māori past and present. Watch a spine-tingling traditional pōhiri (welcoming ceremony), hear the hauntingly beautiful call of the kuia (female elder), learn to dance with poi or perform the haka. Watch as your dinner is pulled from a traditional hāngī (steam-cooked meal) straight out of the ground.
 
Guided walking tours through a historic living Māori village give you up-close and personal insight and history of the people who’ve inhabited this geothermal area for more than 200 years. Today 21 families live in this village and continue to utilise the same geothermal resource as their ancestors.
 
Bespoke half-day tours of historic locations throughout Rotorua provide in-depth lifestyle, history and mythology lessons.
 
Paddling a beautifully carved waka (traditional Māori canoe) along the shores of Lake Rotorua will teach you about the local Māori of Ohinemutu Village and beyond.
 
No matter the options you choose, you’ll be richer for the experience.

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$45 NZD
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Maori Culture, East

Home to two Maori sub tribes, located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa is an iconic destination offering authentic cultural insights as well as geothermal wonders, including Pohutu geyser.

Rotorua Museum Outside the Walls Historical Government Gardens Tours

Maori Culture, Central

Discover Rotorua's rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures in this ‘must see' museum.

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Maori Culture, Central

Guided Cultural and Geothermal Tours to Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach) including a Natural Bush Hot Pool swim

$35 NZD
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Maori Culture, Central

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours provide a guided bicycle adventure around central Rotorua. You'll ride at your own leisurely pace to 27 key historical, geothermal and cultural sights.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Maori Culture, Central

We connect people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy. We share how the world began!  . 

$25 NZD
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Maori Culture, Central

Learn, see and discover even more at Rainbow Springs! Join us in nature for an action-packed family day out. Get up close with the wonderful birds, bugs and beasts that call New Zealand home.

$54 NZD
Katoa Lake Rotorua - 30min Jet Tour

Maori Culture, Central

Blast around Lake Rotorua with Katoa on an adrenaline infused jet boat ride through some of the area’s iconic historical landmarks, all while enjoying exhilarating turns and hair-raising 360-degree spins.

$59 NZD
Katoa Lake Rotorua - Mokoia Island with Speed & Spins

Maori Culture, Central

Enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride across the beautiful Lake Rotorua with Katoa and explore Mokoia Island, considered sacred by local Maori, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most famous love stories. ​ 

Kia Ora Guided Walks

Maori Culture, Central

A highly personal and entertaining tour through Rotorua city including the picturesque Government Gardens and Ohinemutu Māori Village. Take this opportunity to share our history, explore our land and most importantly to meet our people.

$95 NZD
Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging Specialist

Maori Culture, Central

Kaitiaki Adventures offers the perfect mix of adrenalin and culture. Raft the Grade 5 Kaituna River featuring the 7m Tutea Falls Waterfall or Sledge with our amazing guides on the rivers surrounding Rotorua. New Zealand's ONLY all Kiwi adventure crew.

$110 NZD
GreatSights New Zealand (Rotorua)

Maori Culture, Central

New Zealand’s premier daily sightseeing operator, GreatSights New Zealand offers a range of sightseeing tours in and around the Rotorua region.

$115 NZD
New Zealand River Jet

Maori Culture, Central

At NZ Riverjet we specialise in the extra ordinary Jet Boating experience. With tours ranging from 1 hour to 5.5 hours, we offer our clients the opportunity to experience a true, kiwi, iconic adventure.