TE PĀ TŪ proudly presents TŪ TE IHI – a Matariki hākari – where Hāngi is just one of the stars. 


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Tū Te Ihi includes the time in the earth’s cycle when the Matariki stars are high and bright in winter skies. Tū Te Ihi describes the energy and passion stirred by these stars and the promise they herald 

We share in kai unique to Matariki, heart-warming tradition and mystical rituals including Ahi Taitai (fire ceremony) within a glorious native Tawa forest, blazing bonfires and forest formed amphitheatre.  

Tū Te Ihi is a time to come together, to share ideas and to feast, to reflect on the year passed, to contemplate the year ahead.  

Feast on kai horotai (delicacies) beneath the forest canopy – perhaps creamy pāua on rewena crostini, ember warmed kumara and steaming boil up soup. Then, take a lantern lit walk to a lavish three course fusion style hākari.  

Each beautifully curated dish celebrates and draws from traditional ingredients, age old stories, provenanced artisan produce and blends traditional Māori and international cooking techniques. 

Who has designed the Tū Te Ihi Matariki feast? 

Christopher Stockdale

Kaitunu Kai (Guest Chef)

Ngāti Kahungunu , Ngāi Tahu Matawhāiti


Described as a creative and passionate chef, the man behind the award-winning Little Jean in Double Bay, Sydney and currently chef and co-GM at Wallingford Homestead, Hawkes Bay, Chris brings his much-loved modern, fresh & seasonal take on food to Te Pā Tū.   

Inspired by Tauhara North No.2 Trust social and environmental commitment to new generations as well as a love for his own Māori heritage, Chris’s menu centres on produce sourced on and around Tauhara whenua – with an emphasis on foraging and the use of passionate, ethical artisans. 

Chris’s menus were included in the 2018 international edition of ‘Where Chefs’ Eat,’ revered by his global cheffy peers and recognised for its ‘best breakfast’ by Broadsheet. He was featured in Time Out, Vogue Australia, Simon’s Food Favourites blog, Scott Bolles’ Short Black column in SMH, The Good Food guide.   


Experience Includes:

4 hours of performance, entertainment, and kai hākari (feasting) 

  • Forest canapes
  • Complimentary chef choice aperitif 
  • Three course Māori-fusion feast
  • Complimentary return transport from central Rotorua or Northern Taupo

Children welcome
Special dietary options are available
Licensed bar – with kai paired wine list option
Wheelchair and child buggy accessible
Dress for warmth and comfort

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