Tamaki Maori Village – Overnight Marae Stay Experience
DAY ONE PROGRAMME
|He aha te mea nui o te ao? |
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!
In the heart of the Tamaki Maori Village Tribal Marketplace, and nestled into the fringes of the ancient Tawa Forest, lie two newly developed and intricately carved Sleeping Houses. Each wharemoe (sleeping house) has been created with attention to detail, to ensure the overnight stay experience is authentic. Visitor expectations and demands will be met, with each 150mm mattress built into a bed base, individual night lights, heat pumps for warmth in winter, and air conditioning in summer, plus more.
Both wharemoe has been carved by Logan Shipgood, esteemed artist and carver. One house representative of a ‘House of Mythology’ and one house will be representative of a ‘House of Reality’. All of the carvings in each house will be symbolic of a specific god, myth, legend or real event in our history. These houses will become the basis for the evening ‘storytelling’ around the fire pit at the end of the night, where guests will enjoy a bush walk through the 200 year old native Tawa forest to the fire pit, complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
In the afternoon of day one, you will receive a traditional welcome into Tamaki Maori VIllage, and become fully immersed in Marae Protocols. Learn the importance of the marae, the customs we follow, and why. Also learn about the traditional roles of men, women and children. You will also need to make your beds up, and there will also be time to learn a waitata (song) before the start of the Tamaki Maori Village evening hangi and concert experience. The evening ends with a short bush walk to an open fire pit, where your guide will share tales of myth, legend and relay real stories from our history.
Retreat to your wharemoe, where you will experience your communal overnight sleeping experience within Tamaki Maori Village. Separate male and female shower and bathroom facilities are available onsite.
Breakfast the next morning is included in your overnight experience, and there is the option to extend your stay by participating in a half day interactive programme – where you can learn the arts and crafts of Maori, such as weaving, carving, weaponry arts or perhaps an interactive lesson on the haka or poi.
The overnight marae stay accommodation will provide you the assurance of consistently high quality of service and delivery, and the promise that you will not be bumped out for events, such as tangi’s (funerals) that affect other traditional Marae.
This is your opportunity to spend exclusive time with our people during an authentic overnight Marae Stay experience, onsite at Tamaki Maori Village!
4.00pm Arrive at Tamaki Maori Village.
Here you will meet your guide. Participate in the whakatau (welcome) and perform the traditional welcome (hongi) – the pressing of noses.
4.30pm MARAE PROTOCOLS
Your guide will provide an introduction to the Marae. Learn the importance of the Marae, the customs and protocols we follow, and why. You will also learn about the roles of men, women and children.
5.30pm Make your beds, and prepare your sleeping quarters.
This is a time for informal Q&A with your guide and your host, and a time to get ready for the Tamaki Maori Village evening experience ahead. Once you have everything you need for the evening, you will have a chance to lock your bags and valuables away in a specially provided locked store room adjacent to your sleeping quarters.
Your guide is now going to teach you a short waiata (song) which you will be performing later on this evening.
Your guide will take you to the Powhiri area – out the front of Tamaki Maori Village.
6.30pm TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE EVENING EXPERIENCE
Tamaki Maori Village evening experience begins. You will be involved in the traditional welcome ceremony (powhiri) before you are invited into the Pre-European Maori Village.
Enter the Village as it comes alive to the sights, sounds and activity of days gone by, including facial tattooing, weaving, carving and demonstrations on how the food was cooked and preserved many years ago. See, touch, take time and talk to our people as you wander through our village – you may even be invited to take part in stick games and warrior training!
Witness the earth being carefully scraped away from the hangi pit by your selected chief, to reveal baskets laden with your sumptuous mouth watering hangi feast which has been cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.
7.10pm Cultural Performance
At the heart of the village, enter our ancestral Meeting House, and relax as our family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance, including action songs, poi, stick games and the world famous ‘haka’ (Maori War Dance).
The sharing of food is an important part of the Maori custom, so we now invite you to join us for the traditional hangi buffet feast, followed by the dessert buffet.
8.45pm Waiata & Performance
The poroporoaki signals the official end to the Tamaki Maori Village Evening experience. There will be waiata (songs), and whaikorero (speeches). You will now be invited up to perform your waiata with your guide that you were taught earlier, before the selected chiefs of the evening perform the haka!
All guests are now invited to leave the wharekai and re-board their buses back into town. You will remain with your guide.
9.00pm STORY TELLING – A TIME OF REFLECTION & LEARNING
Your guide will now take you to an open camp-fire, set beside the native Tawa Forest. As you enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows by the camp fire, your guide will tell you stories of old, myth, legend and you will also learn about the great migration to Aotearoa. You will also hear stories of early Maori Settlement, the arrival of European to New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi right through to present day, and the renaissance of a very proud people - Maori. You will have a chance to ask questions. Your guide will close the evening with a song and a karakia (prayer).
10.15pm Prepare for bed
Your guide will take you back to your sleeping quarters where you will have time to prepare for bed. Those that wish to shower this evening can do so. There will also be an opportunity to shower in the morning.
10.30pm – 10.45pm SLEEP TIME
TIME DAY TWO PROGRAMME
7.00am WAKE UP.
Time to get up and tidy up your sleeping area and the Marae.
7.15am Prepare for the day
Those that wish to shower this morning can do so.
7.45am Pack bags and load them into your bus.
8.00am BREAKFAST TIME
8.30am You will be required to assist with clearing away your tables and dishes.
9.00am Your guide will now provide you with some final words of farewell before it’s time to depart Tamaki Maori Village for your next destination.
HALF DAY OPTIONAL PROGRAMME
9.00am Introduction & Welcome
9.05am History of Maori, Migration & Arrival to New Zealand, Tribal Structure and whanaungatanga, Maori Protocols, Te Reo Maori Language & Pronunciation
10.15am Morning Tea
Home Made Scones with Jam and Cream, Fruit, Tea, Coffee and water.
10.30am Interactive Workshops
Weaving, Carving & Ta Moko, Weaponry & Ancient Warfare, Haka & Poi
12.15pm Conclusion and departure
|TRADITIONAL HANGI BUFFET DINNER MENU |
|Rewana Bread (Maori Bread) |
Hangi Cooked Meat:
Chicken & Lamb
Hangi Cooked Vegetables:
Potatoes, Kumara & Carrots
Green Salad & Pasta Salad
Steamed Mussels & Fish Cooked in White Sauce
Hangi Cooked Stuffing
Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Mint Sauce,
Mayonnaise, Salt, Pepper and Butter
Tea, Coffee and Water included
|NEW ZEALAND DESSERT BUFFET |
|Hangi Steamed Pudding & Custard, Fresh Fruit Salad, |
Home Made Pavlova & Fresh Cream
|CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST |
|Corn Flakes, Rice Bubbles & Preserved Fruit, Toast and spreads |
Fruit Juice, Milo, Tea and Coffee
|COOKED BREAKFAST |
(Please note this is an additional $10.00pp)
|Scrambled Eggs |
Baked Beans or Spaghetti
Please note, any guests with special dietary requirements can be catered for upon request. Please disclose all dietary needs before arrival.
MINIMUM 15 people, MAXIMUM 32 people per booking. For groups smaller than 15 pax, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
CHILD (5 - 9 years)
CHILD (10 - 15 years)
STUDENT (16 years & over)
Above pricing Includes: Exclusive guide, 2 hour welcome and introduction, interactive song lesson, PLUS Tamaki Maori Village full evening cultural experience, including cultural performance and hangi buffet meal. At the end of the night, overnight marae stay guests enjoy story telling around camp fire. Pillows, linen, bedding and towels are included for your overnight stay experience. Continental breakfast is also included. Please add $10pp for fully cooked breakfast. Please note - breakfast options must be for entire group - individual breakfast orders will not be taken unless for special dietary requirements
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Full payment is required 7 days prior to visit
FOC POLICY FOR ACCOMPANYING TOUR LEADERS/ESCORTS:
1 FOC Tour Leader/Escort for every 20 full paying passengers
For School Groups, One Teacher FOC for every 10 students
There is optional separate Themed Twin Share sleeping accommodation for guides/teachers (2 people)
Visitors should not wander out of the Tamaki Maori Village area
All children under the age of 15 years are required to be under guidance at all times
The host will stay overnight and will have access to phone and vehicle for all emergencies. Guides hold full valid First Aid Certification and there is a fully stocked First Aid Kit available onsite for any medical attention
WHAT IS SUPPLIED:
Mattress, Linen, Duvet, Towel, Overnight Host, Dinner and Breakfast
Overnight Marae facilities include heat pumps for winter and air-conditioning for summer
There are 2 overnight facilities, so if required males can sleep in one quarters, and females in another
There are separate ablution blocks for both Male and Female
WHAT TO BRING:
A change of clothes, sleep ware, toiletries and personal items. If wet or cold, please bring jacket and raincoat. Sensible footwear, camera and good walking shoes.
PRICING AND BOOKINGS
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