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Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua

  • Intro to Maori culture and traditions, including tattoos and native plants
  • See a haka (war dance), waka (war canoe), sacred spring, and glowworms
  • Dine on a traditional hangi meal (included) with drinks for purchase
Mitai Maori Village Experience in Rotorua
From US$81.45
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Summer 6:30pm PerformanceMost Popular
Summer 6:30pm Evening Performance and Meal.
From US$81.45
Winter 5:30pm Performance
Winter 5:30pm Evening Performance and Meal
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Experience Maori traditions at a Mitai Maori Village dinner show, a great introduction to an ancient culture. See Maori warriors paddling an war canoe; watch a powerful haka, or Maori war dance; and share a hangi feast that’s cooked in an underground oven. With a mix of song, dance, cuisine, and games, this evening at Mitai Maori Village is an invitation to discover firsthand the Maori culture of New Zealand.
What to Expect
Get picked up at your Rotorua hotel and transfer to Mitai Maori Village. Maori women in traditional attire greet you upon arrival, after which you learn the etiquette of visiting a Maori village and choose a chief to represent your group.

Next, watch as warriors in traditional dress paddle the Wai-o-whiro stream in a waka, or war canoe, and see Rotorua’s native glowworms in their natural habitat. Visit the sacred Fairy Spring to spot eels and trout in the clear water, then listen to the pounding rhythm of a haka, the traditional Maori war dance. 

Witness the preparation of a hangi meal that’s cooked in an earthen oven before sitting down to a feast of New Zealand meats, vegetables, salads, and a dessert buffet, with drinks available for purchase. Following this evening of Maori culture and cuisine, this traditional experience concludes with return transfer to your Rotorua hotel.
Reviews (107)
1 - 5 of 78 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
We had an amazing night!

As a family of 6 visiting from Canada, this was on the top Of our lost of things to do in Rotorua. We wanted to introduce our kids, ages 2, 5, 7, and 10 to the culture and history of New Zealand and the Maori...More

Thank dewyhay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Fun experience with great food

Great combination of passionate ‘cultural experience’ activity with light hearted fun from participants. 21 countries represented the night we were there. Our host welcomed us all very cleverly. The food was fabulous and there was plenty (so no need to push in to be first)....More

Thank 141sharone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Good introduction to culture

We enjoyed our visit to the village for performance, bush walk and hangi dinner. The young crew doing the performances were into it and proud of their culture. We learned a few things and found it interesting and pleasant, not hokey or tacky as some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pnjaban
Reviewed 5 December 2018
Mitai Maori Village dinner and historic background

It was a great atmosphere to be included in. It was great to be able to learn about the ways which the land used to run prior to European settlement. All members of staff were lovely and extremely helpful

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Casey M
Reviewed 29 November 2018
Take in Maori Culture

We opted to do the full Mitai Maori Village experience. This included a pre Hangi cultural performance and then afterwards, a walk around the display Maori village and Glowworm grotto. I felt the Mitai experience was alright but wasn't quite up to the standard of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Graham J
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11 September 2018|
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Response from juliebarrett1964 | Reviewed this property |
Perhaps beauty by night, we booked it at the tourist office as dinner was the earliest here of all the shows, they did a river boat display, dance and singing show, dinner, then we had a tour of the forest with glowing water... More
8 May 2018|
Response from 58natym | Reviewed this property |
I loved NZ!!! I can’t give you advise on war museum as I always try to avoid them... There is more things in Auckland to see such as the Tower or take ferry to Waiheke Island. There you can take a wine tour or use the... More