Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand
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From $79.98

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
  • 3-hour cultural experience at the Mitai Maori Village
  • Hangi dinner buffet and Maori performances
  • Guided bush walk to learn about native flora and fauna
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Rotorua

What's Included

  • 3 hour nightly cultural experience
  • Hangi served from a buffet alongside other side dishes and dessert
  • Participate in a short guided bush walk to learn of the flora and fauna and see glow worms
  • Māori Cultural Performance
  • Courtesy transfers from local accommodation providers within Rotorua (limited places)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 196 Fairy Springs Road
    196 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand

    Carpark available parking for vehicles and motorhomes onsite

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

**Complimentary pickup for registered locations only (based on availability) **No transfers held without a location for pickup, once we reach full capacity the transfer option will be closed (we do not hold inventory) **Winter: Pickup between 5.15pm and 5.45pm **Summer: Pickup between 5.45pm to 6.15pm

What To Expect

You're transferred from your accommodation in Rotorua after a personalized meet-and-greet and photo op with a Maori maiden dressed in traditional attire. Then learn some basic guidelines for entering the Mitai Maori Village, considered a sacred cultural and spiritual space to the Maori people. 

In this bush setting of New Zealand's North Island, discover the history of the area once thriving with indigenous villages. You'll observe Maori warriors paddling a waka, or canoe, down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and visit the Fairy Spring for a look at freshwater eels, trout, and glowworms.

The evening's cultural entertainment includes a performance of games, songs, and dances including the haka, or war dance. Learn about Maori customs, including the art of ta moko (tattoo), woodcarving, and medicinal uses of native plants.

Savor a selection of succulent dishes during a traditional hangi feast, with foods cooked underground in an earthen oven. Your dinner includes New Zealand meats and poultry along with vegetables and fresh salads. Top off your meal with buffet-style desserts. Drinks are available for purchase from the full bar.

Afterward, you're dropped off at your hotel.

Mitai Maori Village

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own care person
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - warm comfortable clothing and walking footwear
  • Please note there is a small walk through the forest which has some steps and uneven ground in some areas
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Infant seats are subject to availability
  • ***Bookings could be cancelled due to lack of numbers - we advise customers the date you are booked to visit to allow for any late bookings. Thank you for your understanding!!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Sometimes it seems like a rush, however it's great how they have the venue and respect for the envitenviro


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Wonderful Experience at the Mitai Maori Village
Lily_M, Jun 2023
My partner and I had a fantastic time at the Mitai Maori Village and recomend it to anyone who is visiting NZ and interesting in learning more about Maori culture and traditions. The performances were fantastic and the Hangi meal was delicious! We also found it to be very educational and were thrilled to see the glow worms at night. I have done this experience multiple times and look forward to doing it again next time I visit!
The performances were...
Emely_M, May 2023
The performances were amazing and the voices were phenomenal! The food was mouth watering. Pudding and custard was my favorite dish! Wasn't very family friendly as there were no baby changing tables anywhere in all the bathrooms. I felt sorry for my toddler as we walked everywhere on site to seek somewhere to change her. We had no choice but to use the bathrooms. There was also a private alcohol event going on the same time as there were tourists. Felt a bit uncomfortable walking around with my kids and drunk guests and using the bathrooms at the place not a very good mix. Other than that we still had a great time. Just need toddler changing tables please!
We enjoyed learning the...
Pamela_W, May 2023
We enjoyed learning the history of the Mitai Maori. The dance and Haka were interesting to see. The meal was substantial.
We had such a great night...
Luke_E, May 2023
We had such a great night learning about the Maori culture. We loved the food and would recommend this to anyone.
Fun night out
Tutz67, May 2023
Friendly informative,loads of laughs and a fantastic meal! So good to learn the culture, traditions and values of the Maori
The MC plus the singing,...
Melonie_D, May 2023
The MC plus the singing, dancing and story telling, I learnt a lot about the Maori culture, the staff were great
Good family type experience
Rosie_J, May 2023
The walk in the forest. The food was good. Explanations were good as well. People with screaming babies should leave the room out of courtesy so others can hear what’s going on.
Wonderful time
Sung_H, May 2023
The performance was fabulous. Hangi was delicious. I would definitely recommand to those who are still considering
Lifetime experience
Don_R, May 2023
The evening at the Mitai Māori Village will be always a memorable experience. The music, the stories, the war cry and the demonstrations of social norms, arsenals for war from the past were so beautifully structured for the evening. The food coma, better not talk about it.
Fantastic cultural experience
Stephen_W, May 2023
We had a fantastic time at the Mitai Māori Village for the evening. Everything is very well organized and runs smoothly - despite being quite a lot of visitors all in one place! All the villagers were welcoming & friendly, and our guide Jason was great. We enjoyed learning some more about Māori history & culture and LOVED the show - comprising songs, poems, dances & demonstrations. Plenty of delicious hangi food for everyone! Thoroughly recommended.
Loved this tour, great for travellers and groups of all types and sizes!
Andra_S, May 2023
Incredible tour, wonderful way to learn about indigenous Maori culture and history. Food also great, and a nice variety. We loved it as a couple. Will return to do this with children in the future. Whether solo, couple, family group or group of friends, this is an excellent experience. Highly recommend to everyone who has the chance to do this experience!
Wonderful evening
Carol_C, Apr 2023
Wonderful, really interesting evening at Mitai village. Seeing the war canoe was a highlight. The Hangi dinner was lovely too. The Q&A session was also really nice at the end, very informative.
Maori Insight and fun night out
David_A, Apr 2023
Entertaining and informative night. Our hosts engaged with us well. We had lots to eat. Performance full of energy and observation.
Absolutely amazing,...
Teresa_K, Apr 2023
Absolutely amazing, definitely worth of money. First time seeing glow worm in a wild forest. Don't think u can see it anywhere else, not even in the Waitomo caves
A memorable evening!
Eva_G, Apr 2023
This was such a wonderful, all encompassing evening! Beautiful people, stories, and food. Very informative and engaging.
Amazing Experience
cyndijardine, Apr 2023
Milly was an amazing host! Enjoyed the meal and the performance! Loved the trek to the springs and the Moari canoe.
Marvellous Mitai Experience
susan_D, Apr 2023
history of mitai told through songs and dances friendliness of hosts amazing food i could have stayed longer will definitely return during my next visit
Well worth look
Logan_H, Apr 2023
The night started with a pickup from our hotel with the driver arriving on time. After a short drive we were introduced to our hosts and the night began. It was a great little insight into Māori culture and was extremely informative. To top it off, the food was amazing. The reproduction village and natural forest surround are amazing at night and are something that may be lacking in some of the other cultural experiences available. Value for money is on point, the food alone is worth the price and to add it to a cultural experience makes it well worth it.
Jannelle_S, Apr 2023
Loved the whole thing, it was excellent and very informative. The food was great too. I enjoyed learning about their heritage and the show they put it told us a lot about their traditions.
Māori experience
LynnHelen_P, Apr 2023
Delicious food. Fabulous show. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Humour was great. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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