An evening at Mitai Maori village offers a genuine introduction to an indigenous cultural experience in a sacred and spiritual place. Learn of the past times and history of this significant area during our cultural performance, be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, enjoy the grace and beauty of the poi dance, learn about our carvings and ‘ta moko’ out tattoo art and see your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground… an experience like no other.The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place and the evening is guaranteed to leave you enthralled by the fascinating Maori Culture.
Bookings are essential.
Winter Show time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm Summer Show time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Your evening begins with a courtesy pick up from your Rotorua accommodation providing you with a personalized meet and greet from one of our beautiful Maori Maidens dressed in the traditional attire, providing you with the opportunity to take a photograph and to embrace the hospitality of our Maori people.Upon arrival at Mitai Maori Village you will learn the basic guidelines of entering such a sacred place. Select a chief from your group to represent those visiting our village, considered to be an honorable high ranking status in Maoridom and the welcome ceremony (Pohiri) begins with a challenge to the visitors chief.
Authentic: Be captivated by the natural bush setting, and warriors in traditional dress as they paddle a hand carved ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, this is also your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water of the sacred ‘Fairy Spring’ which is full of eels and trout.
Entertaining: Be captivated by songs, dances and games in a rich powerful entertaining cultural concert, complete with the spine tingling “Haka” Maori war dance as the finale.
Educational: View the uplifting of the hangi from the earth cooked oven (Hangi Pit) in the ground and learn the preparation and contents of the traditional hangi. Learn the art of Ta Moko (tattoo), Maori customs, Musical instrument, Poi dance (Ball on the end of a string), Carving, Flora and fauna and the medicinal uses and learn of our glow worm and the sacred freshwater spring.
Dining: The authentic hangi dinner includes a hot selection of succulent chicken and lamb with delicious vegetables, potatoes and kumara and a fresh range of salads, topped off with tempting dessert buffet style. Full bar facilities are available.
N.B. Return courtesy transport from ALL accommodations within Rotorua.
Suitable for all age groups/ child friendly / wheel chair friendly.