Te Pā Tū offers a powerful cultural performance and dining experience through which you can learn about Maori people past and present. Packages include a 2- to 3-hour tour, in which your guide explains pre-European rituals, such as the powhiri welcoming ceremony; demonstrates the meeting house and interactive village; and serves a traditional Hangi feast (food cooked underground on hot stones). You can even stay overnight.
Visits to Te Pā Tū are included in many day trips from Tauranga as well as multi-day excursions from Auckland. Packages often include the village plus Waitomo Caves, the Hobbiton movie set, and other points of interest in Rotorua.