A truly authentic and distinctive conference or event venue, Tamaki Maori Village is spread across 25 acres of lush forest landscape. Open fires crackle, warriors bring Maori culture to life and local chefs create delicacies infused with traditional flavours. Morning, day time or evening; small, intimate, gala or banquet – options are limited only by your imagination…
Tamaki Maori Village is located deep within a towering Tawa Forest. Beneath the shelter of an ancient forest canopy, guests enjoy bold encounters with Maori culture. Crackling open bonfires warm the air while award-winning cultural performers offer thrilling entertainment and hosting.
Cocktails & Canapes
Your event begins with copper pots filed with mussels steaming over open fires, or indigenous mouth-watering canapés prepared by local Maori chefs. Hors d’oeuvres are complemented by a selection of fine New Zealand beer & wine – the scene is set for a fabulous evening ahead.
A setting this magical demands an exceptional menu. Years ago, our ancestors valued their delicacies – herbs, plants, fish, seafood, birds. Today, we incorporate these indigenous tastes into delectable canapés. Talented Rotorua chefs – inspired by traditional Maori flavours – work their magic with delectably fresh food, including wild pork, venison and lamb.
Our people have been cooking this way for centuries. Hot rocks are placed deep within an earthen pit, food is set on top and the hole is re-filled with soil. Steaming for up to four hours beneath the ground, the result is a delicious and healthy feast, with a slightly smoked flavor. Full bar service, food & beverage stations or wait staff can be arranged.