Learning about Maori culture should be on the agenda of everyone visiting New Zealand. Maori culture is crucial to who we are as a country, plus it’s fascinating, inspiring, and fun.
At JTR Tours, we have worked hard to put together the best Maori culture tours for you to choose from. In both, you will visit Te Puia, the centre of Maori art and culture.
The two different experiences to choose from include:
Te Ra Experience
This day-long tour includes a guided element lasting about 90 minutes. You will also have time to experience and learn about a wide range of Maori customs, art, and culture.
The Te Ra Experience includes a visit to Te Whakarewarewa. It is a 60-hectare geothermal valley where you can jump into mud pools and see the Pōhutu Geyser.
On the Te Ra Experience, you can also learn more about traditional Maori carving and weaving, watching master craftspeople at work who use the same techniques that have been past down through generations.
The Te Ra Experience also includes a visit to a Kiwi House with its viewing enclosure, plus you can learn more about Maori history and art. There is also a model of a Maori village and sacred Marae that shows you how it would have looked before European settlers arrived.
Finally, you can take home a memento by making a purchase at the Taonga Gallery and Gift Shop.
Te Po Experience
The Te Po Experience is an evening tour that begins around 6.15pm with a pōwhiri which is a traditional Maori welcome ceremony. You will then dine at an authentic Maori feast that includes traditional, exquisite cuisine made in the Hangi style.
The evening will also include cultural performances in an intimate setting such as storytelling and other forms of entertainment.
After the feast, you will board the motorised waka, or people mover. It will take you on a magical journey through the Valley Under the Lights where you can experience the Te Puia geothermal valley like never before.
At JTR Tours, we are well-known for offering high-quality Te Puia, Whakarewarewa, and Tamaki Maori Village tours. We handle all the transportation from wherever you are in Rotorua or Auckland with private shuttle services. We also look after all the bookings with the tour operators, all of which are carefully selected by our experienced team.
To check availability and to make a booking, please contact us today.