Tamaki Maori Village


We discovered yesterday morning that the local Wharakei Village Maori cultural night we’d been booked into (performance and hangi) was cancelled – insufficient numbers.

After exploring various options, we decided to make a booking for an acclaimed one just south of Rotorua (Rotorua is a bout an hour north of Taupo).   So we ended up at Tamaki Maori Village.

We got there early, and being the only visitors present, spent some time reading while we waited.  6.29 – still no-one.  Is there no market these days for Maori cultural shows and the like?

How wrong we were! By about 6.31 four bus-loads had rolled up, and for the next 2 ½ hours about 160 people were treated to this wonderful authentic Maori cultural experience – all set in a New Zealand pine forest.  There was ceremonial ritual, costumes, craft, dancing, singing, the haka, storytelling; and to cap things off – a three course meal, with most of the foods cooked via a true-blue (sorry, wrong country) hangi.  The most delicious meal including chicken, lamb, sweet potato, yams, plum pudding (cooked underground) and more.

Dale and I could not have asked for a better time.  Wasn’t cheap, but should you be in Rotorua in times to come, check this one out.  No wonder it’s won so many awards.

Seeing a Maori cultural performance was high on my wish list for these two weeks.  In reflection, it was more than a peformance, it was an experience that invited us in.  Kia ora.



PS.  Home tomorrow, leaving Taupo around 7 am here, heading to Auckland Airport via a “crafty” town, arriving back in Brisbane town 4.40pm; that is, if I don’t find some free wifi at the airport and blog about our trip one final time!

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