Mitai Maori Village
Many travelers to New Zealand are interested in learning more about Maori culture, but it’s not always easy to have authentic interactions. At the Mitai Maori Village, visitors can experience various aspects of Maori culture in an entertaining setting. Be prepared to get involved, as you may be invited to dance or paddle a waka (canoe).
Many visitors purchase combo packages, which give them access to a cultural show and a traditional hangi dinner, as well as other select activities like off-road nature tours, a hot spring spa, and a forest bushwalk.
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Things to know before you go
- If you have special dietary requirements, let the village know in advance. A hangi meal typically consists of potatoes, meat, and vegetables.
- As many activities at the Mitai Maori Village take place in the evening, don’t forget to take a jacket and some insect repellent.
- Prices vary depending on the activity package, but kids aged 4 and below are free.
How to get there
Mitai Maori Village is just north of central Rotorua, on State Highway 5 towards Ngongotaha. Many travelers to New Zealand rent their own vehicles, and this is one way of reaching the village. However, if you purchase a package, return transfers from Rotorua hotels are often included.
When to get there
Most activities at the Mitai Maori Village happen in the evening. They’re timed so you can enjoy a cultural show along with dinner. Activities that are part of combo packages take place at various times. The village is typically open throughout the week, but it's advisable to check the latest opening schedule ahead of visiting.
Visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
To learn more about traditional Maori arts and crafts, visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, at Te Puia. It started in the 1920s to provide training in traditional wood, stone, and bone carving; plus weaving, moko tattooing, and other arts. Visitors can see these crafts carried out by Maori artisans who are keeping their traditional practices alive for future generations.
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