• Tamaki Māori Village

    Educational Resource

Tamaki Māori Village

Tamaki Māori Village is an authentic encounter which delivers positive learning experiences.  Students participate in a traditional Powhiri before they are given the opportunity to explore a pre-European village set within a 200 year old Tawa Forest.  Found throughout the village are wharekura or, learning houses that are dedicated to old Māori pastimes.  Cultural Guides in traditional clothing offer informative talks at each learning house.  Weaving, carving, tattooing, arts of warrior training, haka, poi, traditional cooking methods are some of the interactive learning activities in which students will participate.

Within the villages’ ancestral meeting house, students will view a powerful Māori Cultural performance.  Songs, haka, storytelling, displays and talks of traditional Māori weaponry are included before students dine on their traditionally cooked hangi buffet feast!

For the past 30 years, Tamaki Māori Village has been an iconic destination in Rotorua– the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand and was voted the 7th best experience in the world by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award in 2018.

We believe in making a positive social impact in our communities and offer high quality learning experiences through our collection of acclaimed and authentic cultural products. Interactive and hands-on lessons are offered by our expert Tamaki team. This is something that can’t be duplicated in the classroom.


Interactive lessons set within an authentic, pre-European Māori village is something that can’t be duplicated in the classroom.


Programs are customised to the learning outcomes of each class including learning level, age, budget and time available.


Designed to give maximum insight into pre-European times, subjects on offer include the Treaty of Waitangi, village life and Māori Arts.

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