Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū

Rotorua, New Zealand
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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a 3-course seasonal fusion feast at Te Pā Tū, featuring lesser-known delicacies. A local guide escorts you by coach to the “marae” (Māori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's Indigenous people. Learn about local customs based on the Māori lunar calendar and watch a powerful display of song and dance.
  • An immersive cultural experience in a heartland of Māori culture
  • Includes a 3-course fusion dinner and return transfers from Rotorua
  • Experience Māori customs and traditions including a welcome ceremony and haka
  • Ideal for travelers interested in local culture

What's Included

  • Māori Cultural Performance
  • Māori fusion feast
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Return transport from central Meeting Point
  • Traditional welcome ceremony
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1220 Hinemaru Street
    1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    Meet at 5.20PM - Te Pā Tū Gathering Place (1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua) Limited pickups from main Rotorua hotels - Contact our office to arrange. Arawa Park Hotel Copthorne Hotel Distinction Hotel Ibis Hotel Holiday Inn Millennium Hotel Novotel Princes Gate Pullman Regent Hotel Rydges Sudima

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Hear an eerie cry of welcome before you enter Te Pā Tū, and experience the powhiri (welcome ceremony) by a proud descendent of New Zealand’s ancient warriors.

During this 4-hour experience you'll feast on song, drama, tradition, and divine seasonal “kai” (cuisine) within the forest “pā” (village). You will be blanketed by towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and a forest-formed amphitheater whilst you learn about the Māori lunar calendar and how the seasons played an integral role in their lives.

Te Pa Tu

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Camera and Video usage is permitted throughout the entire evening experience.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 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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Traveler Tips

This is the best of the best in the this area.
It was ok, probably, not really necessary except to space out the diners.
A wonderful way to get in touch with the Mahori culture.


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Great night
Stephanie_B, Jun 2023
Loved that the evening included interactive and educational elements! The Maori cuisine was delicious
Unforgettable experience !
Matthis_M, Jun 2023
Amazing cultural performances, amazing haka. It was a very good experience to see a little bit the Maori culture! And Amazing and excellent feast at the end !!
Don't Miss This!
Lynda_R, May 2023
Enjoyed learning Maori words, poi dancing, meaning of Hakka ceremony. Dinner was excellent. We sat with people from different countries and enjoyed talking with them. Beware the email ticket response. Our email said the bus would leave at 6:15 p.m. It actually left at 5:30 so we missed our scheduled Maori Show. Fortunately the lady who oversees the tours came by and informed us that we had the wrong time. She arranged for us to see the Show the next nite. Very nice people.
An invitation to understanding and sharing
Dana_C, May 2023
From the bus pick up and wonderful welcoming song, through the amazing dance, singing and commentary, the whole thing was simply amazing. We were invited into their home and family. This followed as all family gatherings do, with an abundance of amazing food to share. In my language Marrungbu , ngatha Marrung. Gapu. ( Thank you, I’m very happy, see you again).
Brian_D, May 2023
Cultural show Great food. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Rotorua and surrounding areas Very good nformarive
You gotta do this
David_K, May 2023
Amazing maori experience. Very knowledgeable guides and so entertaining not to mention the stunning food.
Experience of a lifetime
brid_c, May 2023
Definitely recommend this tour it was amazing from start to finish. The food was so good could not fault it. It was great value for your money.
Fun and interactive with a great feast
JEREMY_B, Apr 2023
This was a very fun and interactive experience. Adults and kids will enjoy the various houses of learning. The food was amazing for an experience like this, and the special musical touch at the end was so much fun. A definite fun time while learning about the Maori culture.
A joyous and interesting event
john_w, Apr 2023
the stories and experience shared with the presenters f the experience. Having visited in 2007 and 2010, when in 2007 I was my Waka chief and got the Tikka, which I pressed in a book and took the Tikka back to the event in 2010
Great night
Trevor_P, Apr 2023
Really enjoyed it all. Amazing family❤️ Food was excellent. They should be very proud of their culture
Fun Night Out
Monica_K, Apr 2023
Fun evening out! Learned about culture hands on, and had a spectacular feast. Nice to mingle with other tourists. Appreciated the hotel pickup since we were not familiar with the area.
Engaging experience. Highly recommend.
Kellie_L, Apr 2023
Interactive, engaging experience. Family members from 5 to 75 years old thoroughly enjoyed. Kia Ora!
Many thumbs up!
toyodamastertech, Apr 2023
From the time that we left the bus, we were pleasantly entertained. The introduction to another culture other that the one we were accustomed to was very interesting! The meal was delicious, the singing and dancing was superb!
Everybody together through music
Paul_B, Mar 2023
All parts are fine, first the 4 parts of spel, then the performance and after that the meal. The world together ..
Bianca_Y, Mar 2023
100/10 highly recommend Te Pa Tu! Brilliant and respectful display and sharing of Maori culture. I loved being invited into their village, being able to ask questions, walk around. Then to be invited into the gathering space where cultural practices in history are explained, demonstrated - and in some parts, we were invited on stage to share in their culture and participate! Dinner was super lovely, we were seated in tables of 10 and served family style. And the fun didn't stop at dinner. It didn't even stop on the bus ride home! Truly an amazing experience and for sure when I come back will I be doing this again!!
The only way you would be disappointed is if you didn’t go
Steve_J, Mar 2023
This experience is amazing. Everyone performing showed true passion in showing their culture and in learning yours. This will be a cherished memory and I thank them for that.
Must do
Aubrey_B, Mar 2023
Felt like I got to truly get a glimpse of the culture in an authentic and respectful way. It’s difficult to find activities like this that are not appropriation. Went solo and had a marvelous time. Warm and welcoming team that genuinely wanted to share parts of their culture. Don’t get me started on the food- which was so good I wanted to weep. 😍
Magical cultural experience
Brent_M, Mar 2023
This was a very memorable experience learning about the traditions of the Maori people. The most pleasant surprise was the intimate dining setting at the end where we got to meet some.felliw travellers. Highly recommend.
Absolutely Amazing!
Cindy_M, Mar 2023
This was absolutely AMAZING! I highly recommend this to everyone. It was informative. Interactive and especially very Inspiring. Well organized and really fun. This is an absolute must for everyone of all ages!
Average experience
Cecil_H, Mar 2023
We enjoyed learning the history. The food was below average and the service was extremely slow. A tour group was part of our tour and they seemed to get better service than anyone. Our table mates were also very disappointed with the meal experience.

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