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BURIED VILLAGE (Rotorua)
Historic Site With Museum
THE BURIED VILLAGE EXPERIENCE. One of NZ’s most visited historic sites; Te Wairoa was literally buried in the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Volcanic ash preserved many of the buildings and other features of the village and visitors today can get a rare insight into 19th-century New Zealand life. It’s an awe-inspiring and moving experience that is put into context by displays in the award winning Museum of Te Wairoa.
The 12 acre park-like setting is filled with tall trees, meadows and native birds offering visitors a peaceful and emotional experience at the same time. Cruise excursions and tours welcome.
Telephone........ +64 7 362 8287
MITAI MĀORI VILLAGE (Rotorua)
A Favourite Rotorua Cultural Experience
A visit to Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Māori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels & trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art).
Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance.
The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other.
Don't miss out - visit us during your Tauranga port of call.
Telephone........ +64 7 343 9132
TAMAKI MĀORI VILLAGE (Rotorua)
Award Winning Cultural Attraction
The most award-winning Māori cultural attraction in New Zealand. Journey with us to the outskirts of Rotorua to a Māori village nestled within an ancient forest.
Feel the Māori spirit with a formal and sacred ceremony of welcome, with passage through the fortifications, and on into the village. As fires blaze, the entire village comes to life. See and learn about Māori art forms and Māori traditions.
See Māori weaponry displays, watch women weaving and making Māori crafts, listen to villagers tell stories of their ancestors and history, experience traditional Māori tattoo, ancient horticultural practices and so much more. Traditional songs and dances are also performed for you. Experience the unique Poi dance, breath-taking harmonies and the famed, powerful Māori Haka.
We invite you to join us at the award winning Tamaki Māori Village.
Telephone........ +64 7 349 2999
TE PUIA (Rotorua)
Māori Cultural & Crafts Centre
Te Puia is the premier Māori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools & spectacular geysers.
Our Māori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, with our guided tours and attractions, our Māori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand. At Te Puia, we tell our stories in many different ways. One of our most entertaining forms of special storytelling is kapa haka (Māori performance art) and other cultural performances. Every day at Te Puia, we tell ancient and modern stories through song, dance, poi and stick games.
Come and experience so much more at Te Puia... it's home to a nation of proud culture and tradition and many other steaming hot attractions. Gifts, souvenirs, Māori art, carvings and many other authentic hand crafted creations are waiting for you at Te Puia.
Telephone........ +64 7 348 9047
The Living Thermal Village
"Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao" meaning "The uprising of the warriors (war party) of Wahiao".
Situated within the heart of Rotorua, and set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and bubbling hot pools is the Māori living thermal village of Whakarewarewa.
Come and discover our unique lifestyle and traditions. Join a guided tour and witness the phenomena of mother nature and learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique landscape and environment. Learn the uniqueness of Te Whakarewarewa and hear the stories of our ancestors and the devastating Mount Tarawera eruption that brought our people to this special place. Cruise ship tours and excursions: sit back, relax and enjoy the Te Pakira Māori Culture group, as they entertain you in song and dance with stories of our heritage, past and present.
Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai - Welcome, Come In, Make Yourself At Home.
Telephone........ +64 7 349 3463