• Makue! Kai E!

    A twilight experience that brings people together


A whakatau ceremony marks entry into our Tawa forest and evening celebrating our connection to our land, forests, waterways and each other.


Together we’ll make dinner – a fried bread Puku Burger invented right here at Tamaki Māori Village!  While this is being prepared delicious Kai timotimo – a menu of Māori styled tasters are served in the ngahere – forest.  Buttery corn cobs, boil up broth, mussels and smoked fish join seasonal delicacies like pikopiko – even huhu grubs when we can catch ‘em!


Then, immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of Manawa o te Pā  – the heart of the village – enjoying a complimentary pre dinner drink.  Seated for an alfresco dinner, your Puku Burger is served with fresh salad, dressings and Māori herbs forged from local forests.  Kapahaka and impromptu “around the globe” sing along kick starts the entertainment.  Live music is your soundscape.


When darkness descends and dinner concludes, wander by lantern light for dessert and a nightcap in a secret forest alcove.  Share stories – some ours – but especially yours inspired by a magical firelight – before returning to Rotorua under a blanket of stars.


  • Transfers from the Tamaki Gathering Place
  • Whakatau ceremony
  • Interactive dinner experience making a Puku Burger
  • Māori style canapés and tasters
  • Traditional pastimes and activities
  • Kapa Haka, live music and hosting
  • A complimentary drink
  • Dessert by firelight


  • Licensed bar available – Eftpos only
  • Wheelchair and pram accessible 


Adults  $145.00 NZD

Child 5-15 yrs  $75.00 NZD

0-4yrs  FREE 

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Tamaki cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations made with 24hrs notice or more are eligible for a full refund
  • Cancellations made within 24 hours of bookings are 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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