Maori Culture Experience

Pre-organised tours bring Maori culture alive for tourists to experience. Spread over the nation are encounters to learn about the heritage of particular regions like Auckland out of the Maori perspective.

Maori pou whenua up close

In Rotorua and Christchurch a traditional welcome ceremony at a marae initiates an evening filled with cultural performance. The event in Rotorua highlights a traditional "hangi " to get a taste of dining traditions. In Wellington the tour includes  insights to Maori art.

Auckland

Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance

Experience Auckland from a Maori perspective! The Auckland Maori Tour takes you through the Tamaki Makaurau area (Auckland) with a highly knowledgeable Maori guide. You’ll be immersed in New Zealand’s indigenous tikanga (culture), and learn about a rich cultural heritage dating back hundreds of years, as well as Maori leaders who helped shape New Zealand into a modern nation.

Tauranga

Tauranga Shore Excursion

Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where worldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together.

Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to Rotorua. Travel through the North Island’s spectacular countryside of rolling farmland and forest, and discover Rotorua's natural thermal phenomena of Geyser and boiling mud. Your shore excursion also takes you to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre to watch a fascinating cultural display. At Kiwi 360 you will be introduced to the taste of kiwifruit. With a maximum of 19 participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.

Rotorua

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steam box Lunch

"How would you like that cooked?"

This will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient Maori technique that is still used today. As your lunch is being prepared, enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Complete your adventure through Rotorua with a traditional Maori "hangi" feast. You'll travel by coach to Tamaki Maori Village where your local guide will escort you on a cultural journey to the "marae" (Maori village), the life force of New Zealand's New Zealand's indigenous people. Take the opportunity to engage in an evening of local customs including a traditional Maori dinner feast.

Christchurch

Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing

Complete your New Zealand experience with a traditional Maori Concert. On this evening tour from Christchurch, visit the Nga Hau E Wha National Marae, where you will view a cultural performance of Maori dance and song including the famous haka!

Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert

The tour commences at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Here you will be treated to a truly memorable Maori welcome followed by a cultural performance with a Maori Concert consisting of action songs, poi dances and haka.


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