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New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

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Address: Hemo Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-348 9047
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Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this...

Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this Institute trains young carvers in the skills of their elders with demonstrations of weaving techniques.

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This was a highlight of our three week tour of both islands. Our guide, Ho, was lovely and funny too and made the experience even more enjoyable. There's so much going on here... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 May 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

This was a highlight of our three week tour of both islands. Our guide, Ho, was lovely and funny too and made the experience even more enjoyable. There's so much going on here: performances, demonstrations of craft at the actual school, food, wildlife and the geyser! We really enjoyed learning more about Maori culture and greatly appreciated the friendliness and... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

This is a must when in Rotorua. It really helps you understand and appreciate the Maori culture. The Hangi Feast is really a fun experience.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

it was very interesting to learn about the maori customs and culture. I had never heard of maori before coming to New Zealand. The artwork and culture is different!

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

The Maori Arts and Craft Institute is worth a visit, you see young me learning wood carving by master carvers and women weaving.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

An interesting place which houses the Maori fine pieces of arts n crafts. A well kept n educational place with fine display of art works. Its a job well done!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

My visit felt like an early 1980's visit to The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie Hawaii. What they have is informative and intriguing. I enjoyed seeing the apprentice wood carvers at their stations and the weavers were helpful in explaining their wares. The Wharenui presentation was the highlight and only made we want to experience more of the culture, dance,... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

This was an educational visit to where the Maori young men go to learn the art of carving boats and figures. We actually saw a class of men doing some very intracate work.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

You can see how they ar making amazing and with all the details tha wooden sculptures. Amazing result.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

A room showing artists at work... Another room to show their products. Very nice as it is different from western crafts. You can buy their art /craft products. The guide and the men can answer questions... Very interesting but it will only take a few minutes to see both rooms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

My Parents took me here on one of our New Zealand visits. I absolutely loved this place. When I grew up and I took my son here as well. One of my very fave places ever.

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