If you’re looking for a unique and immersive cultural experience while visiting Rotorua, check out Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine
This four-hour evening is a feast of information and delectable seasonal kai (food) in our woodland Pa (sanctuary), with its tawa trees and roaring bonfires.
This popular evening activity is a must-do for anyone interested in learning about the Maori culture and traditions.
The evening begins with a traditional Maori welcome, cultural knowledge unique to each season is shared from the outset – rituals, songs, stories and continue across the night. From the beginning too, we share local, seasonal kai – plentiful and delicious.
The highlight of the evening is the cultural performance, where you’ll see traditional Maori dance and music up close. The performers are incredibly talented, and their passion for their culture is infectious. You’ll be entertained and educated all at once.
After the performance, you’ll sit down to a delicious three course feast and complimentary aperitif.
Our famous traditional hāngi shares the table with other seasonal delicacies prepared with Māori and global techniques but all drawing inspiration from Māori flavours, healing properties, history, heroes.
Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine is a beautiful way to learn about and experience the Maori culture. The hosts are friendly and knowledgeable, and the cultural performance and Māori fusion feast are genuinely memorable experiences. If you’re in Rotorua, add this activity to your itinerary!
Kai horotai (appetisers) may include pork and apple wrapped in kawakawa leaves, abalone, pickled pikopiko (native fern frond), smoked salmon, ceviche, and cold kawakawa tea.
Within the forest-formed amphitheatre, the focus changes to tales told through haka, music, and drama, before torches lead manuhiri (guests) to a three-course outdoor feast.
Hāngi remains hero but is shares the table with lesser known Māori delicacies, prepared fusion style. Wagyu pincanha, watercress chimichurri, taro grain – even kumara ice-cream – each dish is inspired by or infused with traditional ingredients, stories or cooking techniques.