• Evening Cultural Experience

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with the Tamaki Māori Village Evening Experience. Located in Rotorua – the heart of the North Island – this is New Zealand’s most award-winning cultural attraction and was voted Top 10 in the World by TripAdvisor.

Beginning at our gathering place, we will embark on a Māori cultural experience to our ancient forest village at Tawa-ngāhere-pā  – where our land, our people, and our spirit come to life.


From the start of the journey visitors are swept away by master storytellers who will share customs, traditions and our way of life.


Set in a magnificent 200 year old ancient Tawa forest, visitors are invited to participate in and learn the poi, the haka and enjoy displays of our art forms.


Tamaki Māori village is delivered with genuine heart and soul. What visitors experience goes far beyond a performance to a riveting, spirited way of life.

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You will be welcomed onto our sacred grounds in traditional Māori ceremony, come to a better understanding of the world of Māori, and in the process takeaway a genuine sense of belonging here.


3.5-hour Māori cultural experience 

Return transport provided from Tamaki Gathering Place

Traditional Māori welcome ceremony 

Interactive tour of pre-European village  

Participate in hands-on cultural activities  

Traditional dinner and dessert feast  

Special dietary requirements catered for 

Licensed bar available 

Wheelchair and pram accessible 

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations made with 24 hours notice or more will be eligible for a full refund
  • Cancellations made within 24 hours notice will be charged in full
  • “Very enjoyable evening witnessing the Māori performance... the dinner was a sumptuous feast and a gastronomical delight... everyone overeats at this place.”

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  • “Loved this tour. It was so much fun to be included and take part in the cultural experience, not just watch it. Definitely take the bus trip, it was a great way to start and finish. The meal was hearty and delicious.”

    March 12 2019   Read the full review here
  • “Went for the tour and dinner. A wonderful experience to get an understanding of the culture. Each station explained another activity and element of the Māori. Everything was in period and interactive. Even dinner was traditional and cooked as the Māori would have.”

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  • “We attended the show and hangi...and loved everything about it. My cousins from the UK also thought it was wonderful and very informative with regards to the Māori culture. A great learning experience. We loved the hangi...beautifully cooked. Well worth the money and we would take any overseas visitors to this evening.”

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  • “This was an excellent introduction to the culture and traditions of the Māori. Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Food was much better than expected and plentiful. Tutorials and demonstrations were fun and informative. Highly recommend.”

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  • “We took my cousin from the U.K down to Rotorua and had heard good things from other family that had visited. WOW! Blew us out of the water! I learnt a lot, had a lot of fun and a great feed. Also the bus drive there and back with Davey was HIGHLY entertaining. Would highly recommend in future.”

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