Te Pā Tū
Cultural ToursHistorical & Heritage Tours
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Te Pā Tū offers 3.5 hour evening experiences that change with each season of the maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar. Feast on song, drama, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within our forest Pā (village) - its towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre. Traditional hāngi joins seasonal Māori delicacies prepared with fusion cooking techniques. Cultural knowledge unique to each season is shared through rituals, songs, stories across the evening as is local, seasonal kai (food) - plentiful and delicious. Kai horotai (indigenous canapes) are followed by a torch lit walk to a lavish 4-course Māori fusion feast. Tū Te Ihi – Winter Matariki Celebration: References the energy and passion stirred by the Matariki cluster and the promise they herald. Tū Te Ihi celebrates a moment in the earth’s cycle when the stars of Matariki (Pleiades) draw our attention. Matariki conjures our ancestors as we recall their legacy, and reflect on the year that has been.
Rotorua, New Zealand

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2024

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Nettiecooper
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I was on the Kiwi Experience bus which is the best way to do this activity. Only the Kiwi Bus participants get to stay overnight and it was an amazing way to experience Māori culture. Definitely a must do on your trip, despite the cost, because it will make great memories for a lifetime. We were all moved by the cultural performance and also felt a great connection to our hosts - they were friendly, lovely, and very open and willing to share as much of their culture as possible. Highly recommended it!
Written 10 March 2020
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ArtPhemister
Chattanooga, TN385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited Tamaki Maori Village in early March of 2020 and really found it to be interesting and enjoyable. The visit includes a traditional serious greeting and different talks about Maori culture and history. The Maori who are there are very friendly and informative. The visit also includes a dance and song portion as well as a meal. The meal was very good with food being plentiful. The bus ride there and back is also enjoyable with our driver being very entertaining and funny.
Written 21 March 2020
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JLandMike
Cochrane, Canada744 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We bought this tour after seeing how highly it’s rated. It was enjoyable but a little commercial for sure. Food was ok, honestly the buffet at Hobbiton was far superior but nevertheless it was a nice way to pass an evening. Bus driver Dennis was cheesy but fun and our teens liked his humor and singing. The setting is really nice and we got some good pics at the start of the tour. Didn’t love the dining hall as it felt really camp-like but again, it was nice to learn a little about the Maori culture.
Written 16 February 2020
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Anne-Kristin O
Manly, Australia106 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you decide to explore and understand more about the Maori culture I highly recommend you visit a village. Several friends have visited other more authentic villages than this one. It feels extremely touristic with large busses and shuffling people around. The groups of more than 100 people does not feel authentic and therefore the message they want to send is not clear. Very professional singers and happy friendly people does not take away the “tourist” feeling.
Written 19 January 2020
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Lesa G
San Diego, CA56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This experience is important to understand the culture of NZ but very different than my previous experiences in Tahiti and Hawaii with the Pacific Islanders "tourist shows". We left our hotel by a bus at 5:20 - yeah, on our way. We stopped at a building in town that had us all disembark and go in and watch a movie and a short presentation, then get back on the bus for about a 20 minute additional ride out to the Maori Village. Really hungry by now, excited to be there. It's been an hour. There is a presentation at the beginning where they choose a "chief" from each tourist bus to lead their group throughout a set up of demonstrations of life in the beginnings of their times. This presentation and going through 5 stations of learning was at least an hour more. While this was interesting, I and several other of my group felt like it would be never ending. Finally, after standing in the rain watching the demonstrations at the stations we were escorted indoor to a large building to EAT! But no, it was time for the performance of dancing which was great however very very loud. I was too hangry to pay attention. All my previous experiences had performances during or after the meal. The dancing and clothing is very different from the other islands and was interesting to see. Then, we moved to yet another station to see how they prepared our food by steaming it underground. Sigh.....then we finally got to go into a building and eat the food. It was 8pm. The food was not spectacular, quite bland, I guess that is how they ate back in the day. We were really looking forward to the specialty dessert, a pavlova, but the announcement of it being put out on the serving table was not made or at least not heard by my group. When we realized dessert was available, it was mostly gone, a bowl of canned peaches (?) was all that was left. I spoke with several others about their experience here thinking I was just being a poor sport, but others felt the same. It would be nice if the learning stations were open during or after the meal, same with the performance. So just to recap, you have to stop and see a movie, get to the village and have an opening presentation, go through 5 learning stations of about 10 min each, go to the cooking underground arena, go to the performance (9 places total) and then you eat. Take a granola bar with you.
Written 13 March 2020
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Raja
Auckland, New Zealand82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
An enjoyable evening of cultural performances coupled with delicious culinary feast.
Masterful story telling of the great Maori traditions and culture is something to remember. The interactive sessions, watching the Hangi being prepared and wonderful dinner are something to cherish.
Yes, it comes at a cost which is well spent and worth it.
Written 12 February 2020
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Sandie H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
We were lucky enough to visit at night with a large group and were treated to a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment. I especially loved getting to have a turn at the stick games and learning some local history. Would definitely recommend that people of all ages would enjoy this night time experience. The performers were amazingly talented and kept us entertained for the whole time. Thanks for having us!
Written 8 August 2021
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Kia roa Sandie, thank you for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we agree our evening experience is educational, entertaining and perfect for all ages! Thanks again for your excellent feedback - Nga mihinui Tamaki whānau
Written 9 August 2021
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Sarah n Pete R
Perth, Australia286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Did the 5pm show, great education to see the history, well worth the money for the trip out on their bus, show & dinner.
Bus driver did a great job there & back very funny, seeing the Maori culture & the singing I could listen to all night, excellent. The Hungie was really nice food & plenty of it, tasty & tender meats, chicken & lamb & all the veggies. Desert was nice as well. Really worth doing.
Written 28 January 2020
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David B
Shifnal, UK344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We were collected from the hotel by coach and it was a 45 minute drive to the venue. Our driver was helpful, informative and entertaining, giving us an insight into the Maori culture. Whilst they obviously pitched this at the Tourists it was well done and various activities were demonstrated which involved audience participation and I got roped in with the other guys for a Hakka.
Next the Hangifeast was dug up and it looked amazing - pork, lamb and vegetables cooked underground. It tasted as good as it looked, and beers and wines were available to purchase, as were coffees.
All in all a great evening
Written 20 January 2020
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Liz N
Inver Grove Heights, MN290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
From the kind drivers who pick you up at your hotel, to the neat introductory movie and instructions, to the magical village and greeting you receive on entrance, fun games and activities to participate in, and the delicious meal, I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t enjoy this experience.
I guess the only potential downside is that if you have smaller children and you want to get back earlier, you should probably drive yourself. But the bus ride is really pretty fun as the drivers pick out your chief for the experience, and then on the return ride lead a fun sing-along. At first I thought this was unique to just our driver but then I saw another one of the buses engaging in the same sort of fun as us and I realized they are just trying to give everyone a great experience.
Dress for the weather as a large portion of this event is going to be outside. Those of us perhaps from the States or Canada in total “summer mode“ might have been a little under dressed in shorts and flip-flops on a brisk spring evening. I was pretty impressed with the Maori gentlemen who were pretty chilly without a cloak. But by all means, if you’re as tough as them, go for it!
Written 21 January 2020
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