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Traditional Maori Hangi Dining Experiences in Rotorua

Traditional Maori Hangi Dining Experiences in Rotorua

The Maori people place special importance on the social and cultural aspects of the hangi—a traditional feast not unlike the Hawaiian luau or other Polynesian customs found in the Pacific. While hangi meals regularly take place in gathering houses (marae) across New Zealand, many that welcome visitors happen in the cultural center of Rotorua.

What Is a Hangi? Hangi-like cooking has been happening in New Zealand for centuries. When laying down a hangi, wood is set ablaze to heat stones set in a large pit dug in the ground. Food is wrapped in moist leaves or placed in wire baskets, then covered for several hours to cook. Today, some hangi presentations involve removing the food from this earthen oven (umu) before sharing the bounty with hungry attendees.

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  • Hangi typically include foods such as sweet potato (kumara), carrots, lamb, and chicken.
  • The enriching hangi experience often starts off with an authentic welcome ceremony.
  • Pair your meal with a village tour to learn more about Maori history and customs.
  • Opt for a feast that follows a riveting performance of traditional song and dance.
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Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

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While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast at Tamaki Maori Village. A local guide escorts you by coach to the ‘marae’ (Maori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's indigenous people. Learn about local customs and watch a powerful display of song and dance before a hangi dinner.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.47
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Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

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Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.33
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Maori Hangi and Cultural Performance with 4WD Buggy Adventure in Rotorua

Maori Hangi and Cultural Performance with 4WD Buggy Adventure in Rotorua

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This action-packed Rotorua tour will give you access to incredible outdoor beauty, teach you about Maori culture, and allow you to taste a delicious Hangi feast too. By going on a guided 4WD tour—you’ll be able to visit remote places you wouldn’t discover alone and spot native wildlife. Conveniently, all entrance tickets are included, and you’ll enjoy Maori performances at Maori Village. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be treated to a delicious Hangi feast served from a buffet.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

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Learn how New Zealand’s Maori people have adapted to life among the geothermal activity of Rotorua on this small-group shore excursion from Tauranga. At the Living Maori Village, see how residents integrate natural elements like bubbling geysers, mud pools and steam vents into daily tasks, and watch a live cultural performance. You’ll also drive past gorgeous beaches, walk through an ancient redwood forest, and taste local kiwi fruit fresh from the farm on this immersive Bay of Plenty highlights tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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